Today I got the opportunity to ask author Anton Lee Richards some fun personal questions, and he was quite obliging. Read on…
1. Are you interested in music? Do you play any instrument? And what is your favorite song?
I used to play euphonium in the school band growing up. In my twenties, I started to learn piano and guitar and even tried singing, although I’m really, really, bad at it. I wrote some songs for fun but never got anywhere with it.
So many songs to choose from, but right now I am listening to Madonna’s “Ray of Light” from 1998. So many things going on at the same time in that song that it’s hard to follow, which is why it’s one of my favorites.
2. What do you do when you are not writing? Your other interests?
I love my city, Chicago, and I’m always walking around looking for the next museum exhibit, local theatre, or free concert. I love the energy of this city and just existing in this space is enough entertainment for me.
3. Do you write with music on or do you prefer the silence? Any preferred time of writing?
I was a musician as a child, so I learned how to pay close attention to the details. Whenever I listen to music, I start concentrating on the structure and different timbres, so I can’t listen to it while writing. It’s too much of a distraction.
4. Have you started work on your next book?
Yes, I have! I won’t give away all the details, but I’ll give you a hint: It takes place in a pizza restaurant and it is centered on a group of people trying to save the restaurant. I just cannot write a story that doesn’t center on food. This novel also takes place in Andersonville, and Char, the waitress from “Blueberry Pancakes,” makes a cameo.
5. How does a routine writing day look like? Do you have your own nook to write?
I have a sit-to-stand desk in the living room that is my “nook.” It’s difficult having the desk only four feet away from the TV. I have a lower back problem, so I spend my writing time either standing up or lying down. My first drafts are done with voice dictation to help save my lower back.
6. What is that fun thing about you that is a secret or hardly anyone knows?
Writers often talk about a “plot bunny,” which is an idea that sticks in the writer’s head. I have a “writing bunny,” which is a real-live bunny named Sugar who sits next to my desk when I write. She’s a bit of celebrity herself on Instagram at “Sugar_the_Bun” and is as much of a diva as Marlene is.
7. Any last words at the end of this interview?
At the time I started to turn the tone of “Blueberry Pancakes” away from romance and towards utilizing my humorous side, I learned that the 2018 Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Andrew Sean Greer for his novel “Less.” It’s a fabulously funny novel, but more importantly for me, it gave me the courage to write with humor and not feel guilty about it. I hope that more authors feel confident in using humor in their novels even though it may have been shunned in the past.
Well, this was Anton at his best…
The first part of the review can be read here
It is always interesting to me to see the process – thanx for the info
You are very sweet darling 😘❤️
Great interview Shalini! I enjoyed reading both parts.
Aww Sheela you are very sweet to do that 😘❤️
Thank you Jen ❤️
Humor in storytelling is a rarity nowadays and interesting to see an author putting food at the forefront of his writing. Lovely interview Shalini and glad to know more about Anton Lee Richards/
Thank you so much Vishal. He is a sweet man
Could you check if my comment has gone into your spam folder. I had shared an anecdote
I did reply and sorry for reading n replying late 🙏
Arey nahi, I just thought it might have gone into spam. Sometimes wp does that
I love the point on the plot bunny. It’s the first time I’ve even heard about it! 😮
Same here…. Not sure I would like bunny on my desk… 😂 😂
Lovely interview. Hmmm… another food centred novel on the way . Aww Shalini, you just can’t catch a break 😂😘
I know…. Maybe it would be too hot to eat 😂😂😉😉
Yay!! I was looking forward to this ❤❤❤❤
I’m developing that back problem as well. I feel better if i recline, or lean forward or, like the author, stand up.
Oh get yourself shown to a spine specialist immediately. Health is more important
Take care of yourself
I should. I will, soon.
Great interview Shalini! I live in Chicago as well and it honestly is such a vibrant city, so I liked having that in common with him!
Aww that’s great… Isn’t that the windy city? Or am I mistaken?
It sure is!!! And I walk to work so I’ll say it’s very true!!!
SRS is airing! Wonderful interview. Thank you for this, Shalini! Best wishes, Michael
Thank you Michael ❤️
Very goo work, Shalini! I adore your skills in doing so different things, like playing with bubbles.