by Rico Lamoureux
From school bullies to the crime-ridden streets of his hometown of Los Angeles, Jeremy Riker has always felt the need to do something about the injustice surrounding him. Just as he sets out on his journey as an urban warrior, he unknowingly gives rise to an obsessive adversary, who ends up becoming one of the most notorious serial killers the city has ever known. Dubbed by the news media as The Spyderco Killer, the methodical psychopath roots himself deep into Riker's life for the long haul, until his own madness propels everything into an intense climax.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH RICO
-What inspired you to become a writer?
As with most writers, that initial spark was lit as a result of a love for reading. This is how I piled up extra credit back in elementary and middle school, with book reports, not knowing at the time that I was absorbing the key elements of great storytelling—interesting characters, engaging plots, a variety of structure—all of which were the building blocks to the solid foundation I had by the time I picked up a pen to write my own stories.
-What draws you to your genre(s) of choice?
Funny you should ask, as I am a multi-genre author. I know, there seems to be some stigma out there for those who call themselves such, which goes back to the old truth that the world will only allow you to have one talent, and a specific one at that. You can’t win ‘em all, but for the most part my diverse work as received great feedback across the board, across the genres. I grew up absorbing story from a variety of genres, so it was only natural for me to become a multi-genre author.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
A Private Investigator and a Private Detective is the same thing, depending on what U.S. state you live in. Since Riker is from California, he’s referred to as the former, a P.I.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and/or pizza with?
I’d have to say Jaime, the female tattoo artist, since we’re both artists at heart. She’s young, but a wise one, and can be pretty damn funny too!
-Is it true that you plan to get your first tattoo soon? Did Jaime influence you?
Yeah, she kinda did-LOL! But the main reason is to show a milestone, if this book becomes a bestseller. It’ll be the Riker’s Calling cover right there on my right forearm! So yeah, would REALLY appreciate everyone’s help out there to acquire this achievement
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
You should always keep the two following sayings in mind:
‘Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one.’ So don’t let the bad ones get you too down. Go to a site like Goodreads and look up your favorite book. You’re guaranteed to see a wide spectrum of reviews. From those who think like you, giving the book an enthusiastic 5-star rating, to other readers who see it as nothing but a waste of time, throwing out a star or two to show their dissatisfaction. You can’t please everyone, so don’t stress yourself trying.
Second quote: ‘Take what is useful, disregard the rest.’ From the wise Bruce Lee. Sometimes you’ll get feedback that actually helps. Take it, absorb it, use it. For all else, delete and never look back.
Rico Lamoureux has loved story from as far back as he can remember. He first tried his hand at telling his own tales while in grade school, and it was during this time when he first heard, by his educators, that one could do anything they set their mind to. Rico believed them, and to this day, some thirty years later, he's still as passionate about the art and craft of storytelling as ever before, sharing his enthusiasm by writing novellas that engage, excite, and enlighten. The author writes in a multitude of genres, and his latest work, an intense Crime Thriller called Riker's Calling, is now available for preorder on Amazon. Much of his work can also be found at dramaticnovellas.com.
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