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Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Spotlight: Tory Richards

About Me

I guess I should start out by introducing myself. My pen name is Tory Richards, and I write torrid, borderline erotic romances. I live in a small town in Florida, that I jokingly call the retirement capitol of the world. When you go to the local Wal-Mart here, at least 90% of the customers are over sixty. Snowbirds who come down in the winter time to escape the snow and cold up north.

I have nothing against senior citizens. Heck, I’m married to a man old enough to be my dad. And I’ll be a senior in a few short years. I like where I live because it’s quiet and non-threatening. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there’s crime, but it’s not a place where you hear sirens at all hours.

I work a full time day job, and write during the weekends and sometimes evenings. I’ve been writing all my life but have only been published for a few years. I look at writing as therapy and was a closet writer for years. Then my daughter and niece found out about my hobby, read some of my stuff, and encouraged me to submit to a publisher.

Man, what a turning point in my life! By the time I was fifty I’d reached my goal and had my first book contract, for Cupid's Arrow, with Whiskey Creek Press. So you see, it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Since then I’ve had 7 more books published and I’m looking to submit number 8 to a publisher soon. I’ve also written my first short romance.

Some time I’d like to try my hand at a vampire or werewolf romance. Years ago I’d written a historical but it needs a ton of work before I could ever consider submitting it to any publisher. I’ve never written a sequel or series either, something else that could be in my future. Writing the end at the end of a story doesn’t necessarily mean it’s done…the story I mean.

My favorite part of writing? The editing. Believe it or not.


booklover0226 said...

Do you always do your own editing?

Tracey D

Tory Richards said...

Are you kidding? LOL I wish I was that smart:)

I love the editing part but rely on the knowledge and expertise of the editors assigned to me.

Thanks for commenting Tracey:)