Richard Doetsch: A Self Portrait
Richard Doetsch Revealed
About Richard Doetsch
What is your birthdate?:7/14
Previous occupations:Paperboy, caddy, factory worker, dish washer, musician, Santa, Real Estate Exec
High school and/or college:Byram Hills High School, Ithaca, Marist, NYU
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Zeppelin, Paisley, Bernstein, Holst, Williams
Favorite movie:Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite television show:Nova, X-Files, Entourage, Frasier, That 70's Show, Lost, Smallville, Fringe
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. A fun filled adventure
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Nothing is impossible
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. Perfect happiness is contentment in the moment without worry of what the future may hold. To me that perfect moment would have to last for a Perfect day:
Write 2,000 words
Swim a mile
Ski for two hours
A home cooked dinner (spare ribs, garlic mashed potatoes, corn, chocolate cake and Coke) with my wife and kids filled with stories and laughter.
A movie (Braveheart, anything Spielberg, Lucas, Jackson, Ridley Scott etc...)
Write a little more
And an hour of solitude with my wife.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. The sufffering of my wife or children
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. In the waters of a tropical island, standing atop a mountain in my skis looking down at eight inches of fresh powder, or in the open door of an airplane with a chute on my back.
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. Benjamin Franklin
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. Face your fears, nothing is impossible, awesome,
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Nothing. We need to fail, make mistakes, and have regrets in order to succeed in life.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. Reality: To fly fighter jets Fantasy: Super powers (Superman's would be nice)
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. My children
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. Perfectionism, sometimes you just have to learn to let it go.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. My imagination
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. An eagle
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. My optimism
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Atticus Finch, Merlin, Gandalf, Scrooge, and Indiana Jones. Too hard to pick just one.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. The Joker - the dark twisted one ala Heath Ledger or Alan Moore's The Killing Joke
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Laziness and people who look to blame others for their life's troubles.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Learning
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Astronaut-Explorer
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Honesty, humor, intelligence
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Peanut Butter and bacon on white toast with a cold Coke
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (Elton John), Hots on for Nowhere, The Rain Song (Zeppelin), Layla (Clapton), Second Wind (The Swag Hooks)
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
Steve Berry, Clive Cussler, Mary Shelley, Alexander Dumas, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Ian Fleming, Dr Seuss, Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jules Verne, HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alistair Maclean, Michael Crichton, William Goldman, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clark, Ray Bradbury
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. A Christmas Carol, The List of Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fox in Socks, The Guns of Navarone
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. A Christmas Carol
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Every one knows moments of agony and ecstasy, triumph and loss, pain and suffering, if you tap into those memories you would be surprised what you can come up with.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. I loved the characters as much as the thrill ride
- Q. How did you come to write 13th Hour?
- A. I sat down on June 30th 2008 and wanted to see if I could write a book in 30 days. In order to do that I knew I would have to pick a story from a file I keep of one page outlines (as a story teller, I write an outline every day to hone my craft). It would have to be a story that required little to no research so the facts and fun information I include in my books would already have to be in my head. The location would also need to be one I was familiar with as there would be no time to study maps for accuracy.
Most importantly it would have to be original and fun, a story that would compel me to write at least 3,000 words a day; a story that would excite me and flow naturally from my thoughts, experiences, and imagination.
And so I chose the idea I came up with on April 26th 2008. The simple outline of a story told in reverse, a time travel tale of a man racing against time to save the woman he loved.