A member of the Canadian Authors Association, script-doctor and freelance writer, David Richards holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Carleton University as well as being a Certified General Accountant. Mr. Richards resides, equally, between Venice, Italy and Ottawa, Canada. At present time he is busy promoting his book Pairs.
Please tell us a bit about your book: Pairs - characters, plot, etc.
Pairs takes an intimate perspective on the intertwined lives of four very different, slightly off centre, individuals; Kayley, Adam, Alexandra and Henry. The characters become drawn together by friendship, love, sexual attraction and a communal sense of family. Their joint effort renovating a once grand mansion becomes a metaphor for helping one another through personal discovery and rebirth.
If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?
There is no hesitation in my choice. I would love to meet Alexandra. In writing her I found myself frequently laughing at her antics. And not in a pathetic self-congratulatory way either. Of all the characters in Pairs she is the most off-the-wall, with a rather unique if not entirely tangential perspective. She is perhaps the most complex as well. I think she would be as entertaining to meet as she was to write.
If you could fictionalize yourself and put yourself in any situation, how would it play out? Could you give us a scene/scenario of such an occurrence?
That’s a tall order. Having to choose, I can envision a brooding, kick-butt, cynical, anti-hero, in ensemble action movie: a gunslinger who, against his own better judgment, takes up a just cause where the odds are stacked against him. Cool one-liners would be a must. My character-self wouldn’t smoke, because that sends out the wrong message, but he’d really want to.
Do you have any particular habits that you do while writing? Places you write the best, foods, drinks, etc that help set your "writing mood"?