This month we welcome Richard Harland to Creative Kids Tales.
Richard Harland is the author of a variety of novels, Worldshaker, Liberator and the Ferren trilogy just to name a few. He has also penned a number of award-winning short stories and has covered the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres.
Richard was recently awarded the A. Bertram Chandler Award at the Melbourne Continuum Natcon. (The A. Bertram Chandler Award is a lifetime award for contribution to SF/fantasy in Australia.) However, the road to successful author was not an easy one.
The more he tried to write, the less he finished. Richard admits to having suffered from 25 years of writers’ block from the time he finished high school until the age of forty-three.
Richard was born in Huddersfield, England, in 1947.
Although his destiny of becoming a full time writer was a long way off, the seed was planted early. Richard spent his youth in Hadleigh with his cousin building all sorts of things using old tyres, discarded wood, basically any junk they could get their hands on—and then inventing adventures around what they’d built. It wasn't unusual for an old bath to be the foundation for their castle.
It was in these makeshift castles and submarines that Richard honed his talents. On one particular afternoon, thwarted by the rain, Richard encountered what was to be his first taste of literary success.
Putting pen to paper the children documented some of their invented adventures. Another, older cousin read them and suggested they sell them at school. Even though only eleven and the only payment being received came in the form of lollies, Richard realised that he wanted to be a writer.
After doing a BA degree, Richard craved more knowledge and accepted a scholarship to Newcastle Uni in Australia. He moved with every intention of returning to the UK after three years.
But it wasn't long before our beautiful country weaved its magic on him, and he decided to stay.
In between doing postgrad research at several unis, teaching and dabbling as a folk-rock singer/songwriter, Richard was writing, although unable to complete anything other than short prose pieces or poems.
In 1983 Richard married the love of his life, Aileen. He continued to write and this time completed his first novel, The Vicar of Morbing Vyle. This goth style work was too off-beat for any mainstream publisher, but was picked up by a small publisher in 1993. It received great reviews and gathered a cult following. Copies are still selling for eight times their original price ten years later.
Since then Richard has taken the literary world by storm with The Dark Edge, Taken by Force, Hidden from View, the Ferren trilogy, Walter Wants to be a Werewolf!, The Black Crusade, Sassycat, and the Wolf Kingdom quartet.
His biggest sellers, Worldshaker and Liberator have ensured his graduation as an internationally recognised author.
Richard offers a wealth of information on his 145 pages of free writing tips. Visit www.writingtips.com.au
For more on Richard’s books, check out his website: www.richardharland.net