Welcome to this week’s Superversive Sunday Spotlight. Every week we will chat with a Superversive author that you really should be reading.
This week we welcome the boss, Superversive author, Richard Paolinelli:
How long have you been writing?
I started writing stories in the back seat of the car whenever my father’s drilling business started moving us around all over the country in the mid-1970s. But professionally, in one form or another, I started in 1983 as a freelance writer and photographer in West Texas. My first fiction credit was the first two issues of the 1986 Elite Comics, Seadragon.
In 1991 I started working as a fulltime sports writer and worked my way up to editor before I retired from the newspaper business in 2013. Then I started writing fiction and its been an incredible sever-year ride.
Which writers inspire you?
Jack McDevitt is the writer I credit for inspiring me to give fiction writing one more shot. I read his book, Time Travellers Never Die, then A Talent For War and decided to check out who he was. I discovered, he was the same age back in 1989 when he wrote his first book that I was in 2010 when I started wondering what to do after I was done with newspapers. I figured if he could do it, then nothing should be stopping me from doing it too.
But most of my inspiration comes from the classic writers: Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Edgar Allan Poe.
So, what have you written?
We’ll stick to fiction because I’ve probably racked up thousands of bylined stories in newspapers over the years. Sci-fi/fantasy-wise I have Escaping Infinity, which was a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist, a Reader’s Favorite Awards Honorable Mention and a New Apple Summer E-Book Awards Official Selection. When The Gods Fells, Maelstrom, and the first two books of the six-book Timeless series, The Timeless and Secret of the Sphinx.
I have a three-book mystery-thriller series, Reservations, Betrayals and Endgames, a western I co-wrote with Jim Christina, The Last Lonely Trail, and two sports non-fiction books, From The Fields and Perfection’s Arbiter.
And then there are all the short stories that appear in over a dozen anthologies (and counting). Five Sherlock Holmes pastiches, stories in five of the seven published Planetary Anthology Series books with two more to come in the next couple of months and a handful of others.
What draws you to Superversive writing?
There is a beauty to Superversive writing and to the philosophy it is built upon. It seems a popular trend in SF/F is the subversive. All is doom and gloom. People are always bad. Everything that came before is evil and must be re-imagined. The reader must be preached at, etc, etc.
I absolutely reject that mindset. When I read I want to be entertained. If I want to be preached at, I’ll go to church. I want stories that uplift, stories that make me feel good when I’ve finished reading it, even if the ending is a touch sad.
Superversive provides that. And its not all candy and nut and prancing unicorns. Superversive writing can be dystopian, but at the end of the day, humanity shines and there is hope for the future.
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m still writing a weekly Star Trek fan fiction here, The Calling, as well as short stories that will run only on this site for members to enjoy. By the time this runs I hope to have the rest of the Timeless series completed along with my first entry into John C. Wright’s Starquest universe. Next year I hope to publish at least four to six more books.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I don’t read as much as I’d like to. But I occasionally fill in on The Writer’s Block on LA Talk Radio and we read the guest author’s book before the show goes on and I’ve read some great books through those appearances. My favorite authors are the same as those I listed above as the ones that inspire me.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Well, you’ve already found my website, so just peruse the links above. All the informative links are free to read for everyone but there are some worthwhile goodies to be had if you are a member (just $2.00 a month) too. My books are listed above and are available on Amazon too.
Thanks for sharing Richard. Be sure to check out Richard’s books and be sure to check back next Sunday for our next chat with a Superversive author.