May 4, 2016: Interview with author Richard Paolinelli

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing an author who is certainly someone to be on the lookout for. Richard Paolenelli has done several guest appearances on multiple radio shows and actively continues to promote his work through radio, guest blogs and other avenues. Richard, thanks for being in our author spotlight today. Let’s learn a little more about you.

Which writers inspire you?

Edgar Allan Poe, Frank Hebert & Jack McDevitt

So, what have you written?

Mystery/Thrillers: Reservations, Legacy of Death, Beyond Watson (Sherlock Holmes Anthology due out in June, I am one of 12 contributing writers), Betrayals (Sequel to Reservations that is due out in Sept/Oct 2016)

Sci-Fi: Maelstrom, The Invited

Sports: From The Fields

Won the 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Best Sports Story in 2001.

Where can we buy or see them?

All of my novels are available at and on Barnes & All but The Invited (e-book only) and Legacy of Death (e-book only) are available in print and e-book. The story that won the 2001 Best Sports Story award can be found on my website:

What are you working on at the moment?

A sci-fi novel, Escaping Infinity, which deals with a man who checks into the Infinity Hotel and suddenly discovers there are no exits and that he is the only person of all of the guests who seems to be aware that time no longer functions inside the hotel.

Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors.

As much as I can and I enjoy Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Jack McDevitt, Frank Hebert, Harry Harrison, Philip Dick, Douglas Adams, Arthur Conan Doyle, Louis L’Amour and Gibson Michaels.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I prefer hardcover. But I have to admit it is nice to go on a long road trip and have over 120 books on my tablet to choose from instead of having to lug around a large, heavy trunk of books.

Tell us about the cover(s) and how it/they came about.

So far, I have designed all of my book covers – with the exception of Beyond Watson which was done by Belanger Books. When I was working as an editor during my newspaper days, page layout was one of my duties and I learned how to use Adobe Photoshop really well. So I was able to use that experience to design my own covers.

Maelstrom was pretty easy to put together with the Earth encased in flames, same for The Invited with a large alien spacecraft looming over the Earth. Legacy of Death is set in San Francisco and I took the shot of the Golden Gate Bridge that is on the cover.

From The Fields cover is a shot of the Turlock High stadium during a night game in 1949 and was a no-brainer to use as the cover.

Reservations is set on the Navajo Reservation and the shot of Window Rock was taken by me and I got a stock photo of a howling coyote and placed it to look like the coyote was calling out through the Window Rock. It ties in with the Navajo mysticism that plays a role in Reservations.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Twitter: @rdpaolinelli
Amazon Author Page:

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