Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Wired & Amped by Douglas E. Richards

Welcome back to Author Douglas E. Richards

I’m happy to welcome back author Douglas E. Richards to my site today. 

Prior to beginning this blog, back when I was only reviewing on Goodreads, Doug was the very first author that ever approached me and offered to send me a copy of his book to review.   

Douglas E. Richards has written extensively for National Geographic KIDS and American Fencing magazines. His Prometheus Project series has been called “perfect for middle grades,” by Teaching K-8 magazine, is listed as “recommended literature” by the California Department of Education, and has been praised by Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and many others. Because the books contain accurate, mind-expanding science, they have been endorsed by the AAAS, the Science Teachers Association of New York State, and similar associations in eight other states. In recognition of his work, Richards was selected to join Ray Bradbury, Stan Lee, and Rick Riordan at Comic-Con in San Diego this year, where he presented on how to write can’t-put-down thrillers with universal appeal. 



If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Definitely the future.  The pace of progress has been astonishing and is continuing to accelerate. When I grew up there was no Internet, no desktop computers, plasma screens, cell phones, or even fax machines. My father sold office equipment, and he got one of the first faxes. He took the entire family to his office and explained how it worked. “You put a document in on this end, and an exact copy of it comes out hundreds of miles from here.” Our jaws dropped. It was like something out of Star Trek. Now fax machines are all but obsolete because of the ease of printing out e-mail attachments. Anyway, I would love to see what the next thirty years will bring.  (Just as an FYI, our entire family also huddled around our first microwave, watching it boil water, and we took a field trip to withdraw money, in awe, from the first ATM).
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Superhuman intelligence. Wow, someone should really write a book about that 🙂

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book?
In addition to including lots of action and twists and turns that are common in thrillers, I’ve tried to put in a lot of well-researched material that I hope will stay with readers, and get them thinking, long after they’ve finished.   

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The day I made the New York Times bestseller list for the first time my feet never touched the ground. Talk about surreal.

If you could jump into a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
I know this will sound super-geeky, but I would love to live in the Star Trek universe.  Warp speed, interesting alien species working together, thousands of settled planets, and a transporter device. I read a science fiction story when I was a kid about someone on earth inventing a transporter device, and it turned out to be a disaster. You could never get distance from anyone. No matter how far away you moved, you could be visited every day by your mother, mother-in-law, ex-wife, etc.  A great story, and one that underscores the point that no matter how fantastic our technology, we still react to it, and interact with it, in very human ways.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Zeus. If I’m given a choice, I might as well be the top dog.

How do you react to a bad review?
Bad reviews are tough for anyone to take, but John Locke has a great article about this. He says if you aren’t getting any bad reviews, you’re doing something wrong. You can’t please everyone. I’m not a romance novel kind of guy, so if I accidentally read the best romance novel ever written, chances are I wouldn’t like it.  The funny thing is for me, when I get a particularly scathing review, I don’t re-read reviews that say my book is a masterpiece and I’m a genius, I read one-star reviews of my all time favorite books. It always makes me feel better to know that books I think are true masterpieces are fiercely hated by numerous readers, so at least I’m in good company.   
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
The services of a good tax accountant 🙂

What do you do in your free time? 
Free time? What’s that?

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Spring — which is why I moved to the coast of San Diego where it is basically spring all year long
What is the hardest part of writing for you? What’s the easiest?
The writing is the easiest. Figuring out what to write about can be  almost impossible.  My outline will say something like this.  Chapter 4: Hero is chained to a post, surrounded by 100 machine gun carrying mercenaries.  Chapter 5: Hero pulls off brilliant escape.  Easy to outline, but then I have to figure out the brilliant escape. It’s a wonder I have any hair left after all the days I’ve spent pulling out my hair.

Wired & Amped by Douglas E. Richards


Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania?
David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions. But when Desh learns that the bioterror plot is just the tip of the iceberg, he is thrust into a byzantine maze of deception and intrigue, and he becomes a key player in a deadly game he can’t begin to understand. A game that is certain to have a dramatic impact on the future course of human history.
WIRED is a smart thriller combining breakneck action and mind-expanding science. Along with the excitement and unexpected twists and turns readers have come to expect in a thriller, WIRED raises concepts that readers will be contemplating long after they’ve read the last page.

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive an ebook copy of both Wired and its sequel Amped.
Open Internationally
Ends 5/6/12
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