Here’s our latest author interview, with the author Richard Gardner. Enjoy!
A young man is banished from an extreme religious sect that he was born and raised in. Unfamiliar with the ways of the real world, he struggles to come to terms with his new life.
Relationships in particular are a problem and he soon begins to feel like a fish out of water. ‘Righteous Release’ examines the harm that religious excess can cause to those effected.
Is it part of a series? Are you planning any more?
‘Iniquitous lives’ is a sequel to ‘Righteous Release’ and I’m intending to complete a trilogy sometime next year.
What inspired you to write the book?
Colleagues that I worked with were followers of a religious sect very similar to the one depicted in ‘Righteous Release’. Although friendly, they would always keep their distance from those of us that didn’t share their faith. At lunch time they wouldn’t even sit down to eat with the rest of the staff. Being curious, I did some research on the sect and their beliefs. Most of my friends and family were intrigued when I spoke to them about my findings and one actually encouraged me to put pen to paper.
Who do you think will enjoy reading the book?
Readers who enjoy a novel that contains both humour and excitement, yet is also thought provoking.
When did you start writing books and why?
I started writing about six years ago while I was still at work. It had always been my ambition to be a successful author and I thought I’d better get cracking before it was too late.
Which authors, dead or alive, inspire your writing?
Sebastian Faulks, Pat Barker, Peter May, Doris Lessing, Lin Anderson, George Orwell, Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Daphne Du Maurier, Nevil Shute.
When is your book available to purchase and from where?
My book is available to purchase now either online through Amazon or for bookstores, retailers & libraries via wholesale book distributors like Ingram & Baker & Taylor.