Second Chance: The King of the New World - R. Richard
It's not very often that I walk away from a book not knowing how I feel about the protagonist of the story. I usually have a strong feeling about them and I can usually pinpoint what it is about them that turns me on or off.
In the case of The King of the New World, I am completely baffled.
Now, this might be because I jumped right into the middle of the series and don't have all the background information that I need to form a definite opinion on him. It appears as though he's gone through some major transformations throughout the series and he has overcome many obstacles. Knowing that, I can see why he is so calculating and rational. But without the raw emotion behind him, he remains a big of an enigma.
Which I really like. This makes me rethink the plot and I find myself more and more curious about his motivation and determination. And it makes me want to read more of the stories to learn more about this interesting character.
Besides the above, the book is full of action, political intrigue, and a bit of fantasy that gives it a great edge over other books in the genre.
Some Bio Information
I'm the co-author, with Sunset Thomas of, Anatomy of An Adult Film. I have 45 novels and over 200 short stories currently published for pay.
I spent my early years in the part of Los Angeles, known as the South Central. I was known as Whi' Boy, which was sufficient to identify me in that time and place. I'm a skilled Kung-Fu player, using a system that I learned from a Korean I knew only as Pak. Pak's Kung-Fu system, augmented by some bits and pieces from some Chinese practitioners is quick and effective, or I wouldn't be alive today.
My early education was mostly obtained by stealing books from the public library (I returned them.) I attended high schools, but never really learned anything there. I did graduate from UCLA with a degree in mathematics.
I work as a systems analyst and also as an author.
1. Can you share a little bit about how you created the character of Justin?
The original Justin (Glarney Fered) is a composite of several people that I have known. The people had some talent, but were pushed into areas where they had no talent. Some of the people eventually found their way back into a track where they could use their talents to succeed, others did not and became criminals.
Glarney Fered then finds himself presented with an opportunity. He can use the talents that he accumulated over a lifetime of abuse, to manufacture a second chance for himself. To hide from his past, he becomes Jahn Loght. However, in order to earn his second chance, Jahn has to kill people and acquire their life force.
Jahn Loght is then pursued by the alien Primitive Culture Police and begins to build businesses, to protect himself. He then becomes Justin Imperiale, the King of a small, topical island.
2. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I wrote the initial Second Chance as a short story, which no one would publish. I then expanded the story to novel length and found a publisher. Once I had a publisher, I found that I had stories to tell.
3. Who’s your favorite author?
When I was younger, I loved to read. When I got to high school I had that love browbeaten out of me, by people who wanted me to become a poet. I never understood a single line of poetry and I ceased reading.
4. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
Generating the covers for my stories.
5. If someone made a movie about Justin, what actor would you want to play him?
I would want a more or less anonymous, average sized, muscle boy to play Glarney Fered. I would want a somewhat taller and more handsome muscle boy to play Jahn Loght. I would want a very tall, very handsome, very muscular man to play Justin Imperiale.
6. Describe your writing process.
I get an idea and I start writing. If the protagonist(s) come to life, I continue, If not, I wait for the next story.
7. When did you decide that you wanted to become a writer?
I suspect it may be based in the young child who who had reading browbeaten and flunked out of him. Since reading had become something that I wouldn't do, I began to write.