We had the good fortune of connecting with Saralyn Richard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saralyn, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
As a former educator, I’ve spent many years working closely with people–students, families, teachers, colleagues, individuals, and groups. I’ve become familiar with the values, challenges, aspirations, and cultures of many diverse people. All of these experiences are a part of who I am and what I bring with me to the author’s journey. People are in my stories, real-live, relatable people, some lovable, and some not. When my books hit the shelves, they cease to be my books and begin to be the books of the people who read them. I feel a real connection with my readers, and I believe they sense that in my books, newsletters, blogs, and social media. I invite readers to participate in some of the fun choices, such as selecting titles, covers, names of characters, and settings. Every person I meet along the way becomes an integral part of my writing universe. Whatever success I have, ultimately, comes from readers.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Becoming a writer was a dream deferred, something I always wanted, but never had time for. When I finally started writing, the stories I’d been saving up for decades came pouring forth onto pages, and I found incredible joy in every part of the writing process. Success as a writer depends on many things: skills, discipline, perfecting one’s craft, perseverance, listening to others, willingness to take risks, openness to new ideas, and the ability to capture bits of life in words.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My Detective Parrott mystery series takes place in Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania, a place known for its lush landscape and elite country mansions. It’s a paradise for equestrians and artists, as well as nature lovers. Some of my favorite hangouts there are Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, and the Brandywine River Museum of Fine Arts.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Here’s to two of my English teachers who recognized writing talent in my work, encouraged me to become a writer, and pushed me to reach for the sun, moon, and stars. They are Marietta Allmond and Mary Pennington.