Q&A with “Stu Truly” author, Dan Richards!

Get ready for a laugh, because Stu Truly is now available and we’re going behind the scenes with author Dan Richards!

Dav Pikey calls this book “A charming tale of angst and self-discovery,”  and Kirkus Reveiws says it’s “utterly charmingly…[a] promising and funny debut.” Check out the buzz for yourself and pick up a copy today!

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
I’ve been hooked on creative writing since I was a kid. Over the years I’ve written everything from poems to songs to screenplays to novels. About ten years ago I focused in on writing children’s books. Since then I’ve had the most fun and the most professional success and seem to have found my true calling.
2. How did you come up with the idea for Stu Truly?
At the time I wrote the first draft of Stu Truly my son was in seventh grade and I was spending a lot of time around him and his friends. It struck me what a crazy time boys go through at that age as they suddenly transition from playing with toys to being interested in girls.  It brought back a lot of memories from when I was that age. Stu’s voice suddenly spoke up and began telling me his troubles in having his first crush. He had such a unique way of describing his life. I did my best to capture that voice and his story. 

3. Which part of Stu Truly was your favorite to write? Why? 
 Writings Stu was my first attempt to write a novel in first-person. Bringing his voice to life was both the greatest challenge and my greatest joy. It got to the point that his voice spoke to me throughout the day and sometimes even when I was trying to go to sleep at night. That dude had a lot to tell me. To say Stu and I are close is an understatement.
4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
 I spend a lot of time with my wife and kids hanging out, watching shows, and playing basketball in the living room. Yes, we have a mini basketball hoop in our living room that gets used daily. I also started playing the drums a few years ago and love having people over to jam. We also have two dogs, Freddie and Arthur, that expect to be walked twice a day. Yep, I’m an expert dog walker.
5. What was your favorite book to read as child?
I grew up in Sequim, the same town where Stu lives. When I was a kid we had a very small library. My favorite thing was going there to see if I could find any Hardy Boys mysteries that I hadn’t read yet. I also loved science fiction and fantasy. And even snuck home a few H.P. Lovecraft horror stories. Ooh, just his name makes my spine tingle. Reading is the best!

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