I write books featuring bioengineered pygmy elefantkin short-order cooks. Yep—that's a thing I do. Also, I see moons.
And when not shifting unpredictably into third person, Richard lives with his wife, two lovely daughters, some cats, and three ducks, in a magical bookstore that is—quite frankly—the only thing that stands between you and raging hordes of zombies who haven’t read a good book in, like, forever.
He has won the Independent Publisher Book Award Medal (for juvenile fiction), the National Indie Excellence Award (for juvenile fiction), the Moonbeam Children's Book Award Medal (for pre-teen fantasy). He's received a Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award Honorable Mention (for middle-grade/young adult, was shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award (for young adult), and has been a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award (for young adult).
I’ll be signing copies of Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy on the 29th (Saturday), from 3pm – 7pm at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Say: “Oh, Snap!” and I’ll take 20% off the price! (You’ll find me under the Maryland Writers Association’s tent.)
The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a thoughtfully curated food, craft beer, and wine program.
There is plenty to like about this novel. It is full of fun, and clearly the product of a quirky, inventive mind, ideal for children’s writing. Willa is a smart, likeable child with no prejudices. She, her genius mother and practical father (no problem with gender stereotypes here) are kidnapped and taken to a world where they experience bizarre encounters with a variety of unlikely entities. The narrative is often very witty and the absurdity of the story is what carries it along. The pace is fast and the plot farcical in places which is what children will like about it. This would appeal to the 10-12 age range, although a certain amount of intelligence is assumed, otherwise too many of the jokes would be missed.