Can you be one without the other? Should you be? I struggle with the fact that as my novels reach farther and farther around the globe, many people now know my name (and face) and want to know more about me as a person. They want to know my motivations, my dreams, my dog, dinner choices…and it frightens me a bit. I am not an introvert by any stretch, at least not in J.D. Salinger terms, but the thought of so many people who I do not know wanting to know me is a bit, well… overwhelming. When I began this quest – at the ripe old age of eight years old – to become an author, I dreamed of filling the reader with awe and inspiration. I wanted to move them in unexpected ways and have some modicum of emotion shift within them, as had been and continue to be my experience when I read something truly wonderful. That still is my dream. I write to be read. I have matured so much as a writer and as I have poured my soul into the Detective Byone novels – much of my personality is evident in the books, from the settings to the characters and music. So it should be a forgone conclusion that people will want to know me personally, right?!
In a day and age where more information is piled hourly onto the heap that is the internet than we can digest in sixty lifetimes, we as authors are able to reach across the continents, across the span of geographic, socio-economic, age, gender, sexuality, and racial barriers like never before and what we put out into the nether in the form of our writing has the potential to inspire instant feedback. I welcome that feedback, good, bad or indifferent. I want to hear what readers have to say about my books. I want every iota of information I can get when my books or characters are mentioned. But do I as a writer – nay, as a person, want that same scrutiny? That same technology that moves our creations along at light speed, also has the ability to give us authors international notoriety- ask anyone who has had a book turned into a movie recently…and has such immediate exposure caused them to re-evaluate their public persona, withdraw somewhat to seek to the same familiar reclusion where they composed their work in the first place?
I do not propose an answer for this quandary because I suppose it is something that is quite particular to the individual writer. What I will say for myself is that I never began writing to seek fame or fortune. There were no dollar signs attached to my eyelids at the prospects of getting published or having the films rights to one of my books accepted and the byproduct of being a well-established author with international recognition does not excite me half as much as the idea that somewhere, someone has read something I wrote and loved it…and is that not one in the same? Does not one necessitate the other? If it is my pen (well, keyboard) that brings me fame then so be it. From book signings to author appearances, I still write to be read. And I will do as I always do when approached by an anonymous admiring reader asking something about me. I will smile and respond, “I’m an open book, what would you like to know?”
Ricardo began his writing career with the publication of Further Proof That I Have Existed in 2002. He followed the success of Further Proof with two additional collections of dark themed short fiction, long verse poetry and spoken word with The Goodbye Days (2003) and Miles From Nowhere (2005).
He has matured considerably as a writer as evidenced by The Dying Dance (2013), The Devil’s Serum (2014) and the soon to be released The Cemetery Paintings- collectively known as the Detective Moses Byone novels. The books follow the detective through dark and sinister cases set between New Orleans, LA and exotic worldwide locations.
Ricardo is an avid reader, travels extensively with favorite destinations in the United States South and also international locations in South America and Europe. He is a fan of horror books and movies, dark art and “The Blues.”
He resides in Northern Virginia with his family where he continues to write more Detective Moses Byone novels.
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