Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Richard Roberts, author of recently released young-adult superhero novel PLEASE DON’T TELL MY PARENTS I HAVE A NEMISIS, which hit Amazon on May 25, 2017!
In the comments, please join us in asking Richard Roberts anything you’d like to know about writing, his new book, and life in Los Angeles. Or you know, just throw something completely random at him to keep him on his toes!
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
My name is Richard Roberts. You killed my- I mean, I live in Los Angeles.
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
My latest book is the fourth book of the Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m A Supervillain series. Even more than the end, this is the book I’ve been waiting for since I started, the one with the major plot twist. So far, the reaction from fans has been as dramatic and gleeful as I could ever have hoped.
What are a few of your hobbies?
Hobbies are things non-authors have. Once you start doing this for a living, it consumes you. I do still play a fair number of computer games.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Chinese style steamed buns. Too few people have gotten to taste those.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
I want to find a way to make the really, really weird fiction I like to write the most interesting to regular people.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
Well, I just caught up on Steven Universe, and the new Samurai Jack just ended.
What movie do you quote the most?
Despite the intro to this questionnaire, not Princess Bride! Probably Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Judge Doom’s ‘billboards’ speech comes back to me randomly all the time, and I have to quote it in its entirety. I would say this makes conversations with me strange, but they were already.
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
Statuettes and dolls. They are expensive, and this job is monetarily erratic at best, so my collection is pretty small. Oh, and really old children’s books! I super treasure my second printing Beatrix Potters.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
It’s not really about genre, more about whether the book is easy and smooth to read. I’m reading the Gesta Danorum currently, which is much easier than you’d think, if only because Saxo Grammaticus’s weird personal biases drag me forward to the next bizarre speech about how effeminate German sausages destroyed Denmark.
What do you like to do on vacation?
I’ve heard of those.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
The answer echoes a previous question. My MG books sell the best, but what I love writing the most are exotic fantasies about strange worlds and the strange people who live in them and their strange lives. This sells about as well as a pewter waffle.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
I’ve heard people do that.
More seriously, I always bring my bag. It’s somewhere between a purse and a briefcase, but I’ve never really known what they’re called. Anyway, if I can’t carry my Stuff, I’m not comfortable going out.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
You can’t ask me that question! This is huge. Any flippant answer would be useless! I guess I’ll have to provide one anyway. I’ll name it Gettir the Wicked and Lover of Invasions. The tagline can be ‘Gettir Done.’
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
I really loved the Saga of Tanya the Evil. I guess an eleven year old horribly evil Nazi wizard protagonist is probably no surprise as meeting my tastes. I’m deeply impressed that they made a show where you’re sort-of-rooting for a main character who is a horrible, horrible, truly vile and evil person. Then again, Breaking Bad did it.
About Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Have a Nemesis
It’s summertime for supervillains!
Or maybe not, because for Penelope Akk, there is still one foe she has yet to defeat: her own reputation as Bad Penny. It’s been a fun ride: fighting adult heroes, going to space, and inspiring the rest of her school to open up about their own powers.
Sooner or later, that ride has to end, and with school out of the way Penny is hatching a mad scheme to end it on her own terms. Will that go smoothly? Of course not. Penny’s left too many unsolved problems behind her already, like ghosts, seriously crazy friends, and angry little girls from Jupiter.
One by one, they’ll have to be dealt with before she can do battle with herself. She’d better hurry, because her parents are closing in. Whether she confesses or not, this time they will find out her secret.
The next installment awaits...Author Spotlight Question and Answer: Bob Defendi