Today I am delighted to have the gorgeous K A Richardson as my Get To Know author on my blog.
My name is KA Richardson, well technically it’s Kerry-Ann but only my grandad ever called me that. I’ve been called a lot of things over the years – my friends kids always called me Kezzie, my friends and hubby call me Kez.
I grew up in a single parent family with my disabled brother Michael. My mum, Jeannet, is just the most inspiring person and she did such a great job of raising us on very little money. She’s my best friend now and I love her to bits. I got married in 2009 and my husband Peter is my soulmate – he supports me in everything I do and I’m so proud to be his wife.
I guess my writing career started when I was a child – in primary school I used to make little books and staple the sides together. I gave them to my favourite teacher, Mrs Muztachs and she kept them in her attic until she died. I’ve always written – whether those little books or poems and longer stories as I got older. I wrote my first novel when I was 17 years old – it was awful! A complete rip off of the old TV show Airwolf but I didn’t really understand copyright and what not when I was a youngster. My writing tapered off a little through my 20s – life just got in the way.
I worked my way through several years as a DJ, a pizza delivery driver and a construction site secretary and eventually went to university to do my Bsc Crime Scene Science – I’d always wanted to work for the police and that was an interesting field to me. I passed that in 2008 and fell straight into CSI work which I loved.
Whilst working as a CSI, I had a psychic reading with a great psychic, Anthony, and he asked suddenly why I wasn’t writing as he saw me signing in Waterstones in 5 years time. I left asking myself why I didn’t write – I’d always loved it, it had just fallen to the wayside. So I decided to enrol to do my Masters of Arts in Creative Writing and see if my passion was still alive. It was such an inspiring thing to do – I selected my modules carefully and despite being told by one lecturer who shall remain nameless, that I’d never amount to anything and I’d never make a career of my writing, I pushed onwards and started my first novel which served as the first 15k of my dissertation.
I passed my MA in 2011 and kept writing! My first novel was published in 2016 and I did my first Waterstones signing that year too – 5 years and 8 months from the time Anthony had told me he’d seen me signing there!
You can keep up to date with K A Richardson and her books on the following sites:
My website: http://www.kerryannrichardson.com
Favourite book as a child?
My favourite books as a child was anything by Enid Blyton but especially The Enchanted Wood – it’s still one I go to when I feel ill or need some comfort.
Favourite book as a teenager?
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I’d never been more embarrassed to cry in front of my class mates but that book tore the tears from me. I still love it now. For such a small book it packs a punch.
Sherlock Holmes – he wins every time! Though I do love Sam Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy too.
Favourite book to movie adaption?
Definitely the Lord of the Rings – absolutely loved all the movies though prefer the LOTR trilogy to the hobbit.
Favourite drink or snack while reading?
Cadburys Marvellous Creations with the jelly beans, smarties and popping candy in. Favourite drink would be hot coffee or tea.
Favourite highlight of your writing career?
Am I allowed to say every single second? Honestly though there are so many – there’s nothing quite like the feeling of signing a book deal contract though – and the first time you hold one of your paperbacks is just out of this world.