|The Bird With The Broken Wing By D.L Richardson|
...but when the mortal Rachael’s watching over is hurting, how can she stay hidden in the shadows?
Guardian angel Rachael becomes trapped with the mortal she’s been assigned to watch over. Unable to watch him suffer, she decides the only way to free him of his inner demons is to break the rules about becoming involved, revealing her true identity, and applying divine intervention. But what choice does she have? Without her help, his soul will be trapped forever. Then a stranger appears, giving Rachael reason to wonder if his is the only soul in need of saving...
I first found this book when I was entering a contest for some goodies. I know that you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover but I could not help but wonder what the book was about after I saw the stunning picture. I decided to contact the author and graciously let me review it.
I have got to say this was a bit of a surprise to me. I did not read the blurb before diving into read but i guessed it had something to do with angels. I automatically thought it would be a romance story, forbidden love, but it was all together different. The Bird With The Broken Wing is told by three different characters. I love this aspect because it is like a puzzle that is slowly piecing itself together. The author did a great job at keeping me intrigued. Each character has their story, their purpose, and their secrets that they themselves cannot admit to themselves. How mysterious is that?!?!? This is a story that you do not want to miss. It will make you think, cry, laugh, and THINK! yes, two thinks. Think about your life, think about what you are doing with it, think of how you could make it better. No regrets! We are all given one chance, one life, don'waste it. Look at me going all preachy with you lol bottom line, this is a great book.
Thank you Alli for featuring me on Alli’s Nook. It’s always an honor to be asked to divulge a little bit about myself. I hope your readers enjoy this interview.
What inspired you to write The Bird With The Broken Wing?
With The Bird With The Broken Wing, my intention was to write a book that shows young adults that life can be terrible, maybe it sucks and you don’t always win, and maybe you even get broken along the way, but you can get fixed. When I was about 16 I found at that two friends from school had committed suicide. I can’t go back and save any one of my friends and that sense of failure is the compulsion behind my need to write great and moving young adult fiction novels.
Did you have a playlist you listened to while writing?
I wish I could write to music, like I’ve read that other writers can. But when I hear music it makes me wanna get up and dance, sing along or break out the acoustic guitar and play long to it. None of these activities are productive when it comes to writing 2,000 words. So when I’m writing, I put music on in the breaks only. The Bird With The Broken Wing is quite a profound storyline, dramatic with dark elements. I listened to more layered, in-depth music like Bruce Springsteen and Faith No More. My second novel “Feedback” has a lot of action scenes it. So I listened to Guns N Roses and The Offspring. My third book I’m currently working on is a ghostly love story so I’ll be listening to Kelly Clarkson and Adele and love song compilation CDs.
Did you ever get writers block?
Not really. I may get stuck with a current project – for example, sometimes the characters just don’t want to come out and play. When that happens I write articles for the blog, which I’ve decided will be slowly converted into an e-zine. Or I write short stories. When you start getting really involved in the writing community, you begin to see that there is no end to the writing opportunities.
Why did you decide to write YA?
Well… I started writing Young Adult because the word count was less and I could write a book in six month as opposed to two years. But I fell in love with the genre. You know how you might say yes to a date and not realize till halfway through the date that the guy you’re with is the man you’ve been searching for. That’s what happened to me. I gave writing Young Adult a go and ended up falling in love with it. I’d have to think carefully about what sort of adult paranormal novel I’d write. I wouldn’t want to write an adult novel if the only difference was the age of the characters. That’d be like The Simpsons Movie if you know what I mean. There wasn’t anything you couldn’t get from watching the TV shows; it was just longer and not free.
What advice would you give to all those who are trying to get their books published?
The best piece of advice that I’ve ever heard was this: “Nobody asked you to write.” It’s what’s kept me sane this whole time. It’s like applying for jobs. You’re not guaranteed and interview, and if you do get an interview you’re not guaranteed the job. If you’re practical about it, you can separate the emotion from the rejection and learn to take people’s advice.
Are any of the characters based on people you know?
1. The funny thing about characters is that they take on personalities of their own. You can give characters similar experiences to your own, or experiences from people you know, but they tend to jump up and down and want to do things their way. So when you write, you start to question whether this character would do that, and would this character say that. To get an idea of how Ben would act, think and feel, I read books written by soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. For Rachael, I read accounts of people’s experiences with guardian angels. Jet is the only character who has a little bit of me in her - I didn’t have a great relationship with my father either. But that’s about where the similarity ends.
What are 3 things that you really want to accomplish?
Hike to base camp at Everest
Live where it snows
Work from home full time
If you could shift into any animal what would you be?
An eagle. I think it’d be amazing to soar through the sky.
Do you know any good ghost stories? Have you ever been told a scary story that haunted you?
Images and music from movies haunt me. After I watch a movie I can’t go near the shower and I sometimes leap into bed. I find I don’t get as scared through stories. There’s something about only the visual and audio aspect that works at scaring me.
Food – funny enough, when I think about favorite foods these days it’s dinners that I ate growing up. Silverside with mashed potato, cauliflower and white sauce; braised lamb shanks and mashed potato; mmmm come to think of it, potato is my favorite food. I was born in Ireland so that might explain it.
Music – hard rock, 80’s music, power ballads
Place – I love sitting and walking along the beach. It’s invigorating.
Vacation – driving vacations. Hotels are stifling. Planes are floating buses. I love the freedom that comes with a driving holiday. You can stop where you want, listen to whatever music you like.
Color – grey. For thos who say that grey isn’t a color, well a cashew isn’t a nut,
Pet – my pooch Teeka. She’s adorable (see photo) and very clever. Too clever. If there’s a plot to take over the sofa, she’s behind it.
Candy – anything musk flavored (do you have musk flavored). Or if its chocolates, it has to have gooey fruit flavored insides.
FeedBack By D.L Richardson
Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala are three teenagers who receive much-needed organ transplants. Two weeks later they are inadvertently recruited by the CIA when a spy dies halfway through his mission. Three bacteria bombs are set to detonate, spreading illness and death across the planet, and it’s up to Ethan, Florida, and Jake to deactivate them.
Except that they have no idea where the bombs are located.
Kidnapped for information they can’t possibly know, and fueled by the spirit of a dead CIA agent, Ethan, Florida, and Jake must look deep inside themselves if they are to finish the mission and save millions of lives. But they’re being held captive in a strange place by a man who believes in Feedback, the theory that information is retained in the memory of organs–in this case those of a certain dead CIA agent donor. And their captor will stop at nothing to get the information retained in their newly transplanted organs.
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