Who’s That Indie Author? Richard Fulco

Author Name: Richard Fulco

Genre: Literary Fiction

Book: There Is No End to This Slope

Are you a full-time author? If not, what’s your side gig? My paying gig is teaching high school English Literature and Creative Writing.

Favorite author/books: My list is quite lengthy, so I’ll just mention a bunch of authors I’ve been interested in recently: Baldwin, Morrison, Camus, Whitehead, Woodson, Adichie, Diaz, Frost, Eliot and Beckett. Always Beckett.

What experiences or people have influenced your writing the most? When I was nine, my teacher, Mrs. Nevins, told me that I had a creative mind and that I could be a writer when I grew up. A teacher’s words can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of toil and misery (kidding).

Do you keep a writing journal and if so, how do you use it? I keep a journal, though I don’t write in it every day. But I frequently jot down thoughts and ideas that I might explore or otherwise incorporate into a piece I’m working on.

Do you belong to a writers’ group? If so, describe your experience: I haven’t had much luck with writers’ groups. It’s difficult to organize a quorum of like-minded individuals. Although I am fortunate to have a trusted and worthwhile collection of astute readers who are generous, kind and critical of my work.

Are you up with the sun or do you burn the midnight oil? I’m up with the sun, plugging away before a full day of teaching. It’s not perfect, but it’s a faithful routine and a productive way to begin the day, especially in the dead of winter.

How do you get over a writing slump? I think writers, like baseball players, are in a slump more often than they are in a groove, and the only way out of a slump is to step up to the plate and take your cuts. Sure, you’ll strike out a bunch of times, but you’ll eventually get your hits too.

Do you prefer writing dialogue or descriptive passages? I write plays too, so I am drawn to clean, crisp and provocative dialogue, dripping in subtext.

What are you working on now? My latest novel, WE ARE ALL TOGETHER, is the story of a young guitar player’s willingness to prove he’s not the washed-up wannabe he fears he might become. My novel addresses questions of race, integrity, narcissism and greed that drive the art and lives of those who have a dream. How much does the artist owe the world and what do we expect in return?

What advice would you give to someone thinking about writing and publishing a book? First, ask yourself, “Why do I want to write a book?” If your answer is something like “I want to be rich and famous,” then you’re in the wrong profession. But if your answer is something along the lines of “I have a story that only I can tell,” then sit down immediately and begin writing. You should know, however, that the sea is lonely and it will be long, treacherous, disheartening and you’ll want to abandon ship on more than one occasion, but if you maintain the oars and ride out the storms, you will eventually steer the ship into port.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which podcasts do you find the most interesting? I should probably get on that.

Favorite escape: My version of a great day includes, running, playing guitar, hanging out with my children and reading (and of course, some writing too).

Have you ever tried Kombucha tea? Kombucha is not my cup of tea.

Do you prefer a couch with pillows or no pillows? I prefer a couch with a couple of pillows to rest my head.

Would you rather rake leaves, shovel snow or weed? If I even look at poison ivy, I get a rash. However, I’d rather rake leaves and weed the garden over the back-breaking work of shoveling snow any day.

Favorite mask – disposable paper, plain fabric, colorful print or something else? My favorite mask is one that hides my wrinkles.

Biggest writing challenge since Covid-19: It has been difficult to maintain my writing routine.

Website and social media links:
Publisher’s Website: wampus.com/richard-fulco/
Amazon: There Is No End to This Slope
Twitter: @RichardFulco

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34 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Richard Fulco

  1. I always like to support authors who teach high school English, which is where my teaching career began. Unlike you, I waited to explore creative writing (memoir) until after I retired. I see your genre is literary fiction, but I suspect to find a lot of your own experience here, at least first-hand descriptions of the setting. Your answers to the interview questions are full of pluck, which is what I could expect in your book. Yes?

    Barbara, thanks for hosting Richard today!

    1. Hi Marian,
      Thanks for reading my interview with Barbara, who is a great supporter of indie writers. Although my first book is fiction, it is quite autobiographical. Most first novels typically are. “Pluck” is such a stupendous word. I’d like to think of my novel as “plucky.” Is your memoir “full of pluck”?

  2. It is so nice to get to know author Richard Fulco a little more though this interview. And “dripping in subtext” was such an inviting phrase to describe dialogue – and not all authors can create dialogue well so it can be a strength worth noting. A top takeaway here was the advice for authors thinking about writing/publishing:
    “I have a story that only I can tell,” then sit down immediately and begin writing.
    I agree with that.
    Lastly, kombucha is so jam-packed with enzymes and nutrients – you should check out the many flavors they have today – not all brands are the same – but GTs brand is a top one for us – and in addition to helping gut health and boosting the immune system – some say (wink) drinking kombucha can soften aging and help with wrinkles (along with lots of good fats and oils) .
    best wishes on your latest boo, “We are all Together” – 🙂

    1. Hi Richard – thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed meeting Richard and reading his responses. I did too. As for kombucha – my son says it’s great. It just doesn’t look that good to me, though I’ve never tried it. I’m all for the anti-aging – drinking a lot of water to keep that at bay…

      1. Regarding kombucha — Well how cool is this – my son drank it for years before I finally tried it. 😉 and maybe you will find a liking for it – and as noted – there really is a huge difference in brands – and Dave’s GTs is the only one we REALLY love – 😉
        Wishing you all a great rest of the weekend

    2. Thanks for reading my interview with Barbara. Thanks for your best wishes on my new novel too. I’m sorry about my kombucha remarks, but I stand by them 🙂 It’s not for me, but maybe there is one out there that might appeal to my taste buds.

      1. Hi Richard! Well no worries on the kombucha – I love your wit and how you said not your cup of tea! Lol
        And I had a friend with lupus and she drank kombucha for a month (3x a day) and around week two she had little scabs on her back – out of nowhere – and they went away in a few days – but she claimed she knows the kombucha was pushing impurities out of the skin – because gut health is everything – our second brain) and when I realized the high enzymes in that brew – well I try to add it in (because pathogens send out enzyme inhibitors and all
        Humans can benefit from enzymes – they are like our spark plugs) and so cool how this interview had the side note of kombucha – really fun and last comment on it from me is to definitely try different ones – like GTs watermelon one is seasonal and most newbies like it – and GTs is the only brand we love –
        Also – I look forward to checking out your book –

      2. You talked me into it! My gut could use some TLC. And who really wants to mingle with impurities. I’m going to give GT a shot. I like the sound of a watermelon flavor. It’s been nice chatting with you, and I hope you enjoy my book.

    1. Hi Robbie,
      Thanks so much for reading! If you can manage tedium and work through it, you will come out the other end of the tunnel. And just maybe you might have produced something that you admire.

    1. Hi Jill,
      Thank you for reading my interview with Barbara. She asked some pretty great questions. Hope your writing is going well.

    1. Hi John,
      Thank you for reading my interview with Barbara. She asked compelling questions and it was a genuine pleasure.

    1. Hi Bette,
      Thanks so much for reading my interview with Barbara. Thank you for the best wishes. I hope your teaching, reading and writing are going well.

    1. Hi Donna – yes I agree with you. I’ve seen kombucha – it’s popular here, but I haven’t tried it. I also saw a kombuch company featured on Shark Tank. I’ve never listened to a podcast but feel like I should!

    2. Thanks for reading my interview with Barbara, “Retirement Reflections.” People like kombucha. I’m not one of them. People enjoy podcasts. I enjoy books more. Have a great day!

  3. Hi Barbara,

    It’s nice to meet Richard. I enjoyed his answers and am up with the sun, as well. Since I don’t fall into the “published author” category that most of your readers do, I appreciate his advice on publishing and the true reason for writing a book. I’ve self-published two poetry books years ago and am now working on a third book, a compilation of poems and short memoirs. But like he suggested, I’m doing it more for a family keepsake for my children because I have stories to tell, and if my book is enjoyed by others, then that would be a wonderful bonus. 💓

    1. Hi Baydreamer,
      Thanks for reading my interview with Barbara. Two books of poetry and a third on the way? That’s nothing to sneeze at. I’m glad that you appreciate my advice, though I don’t claim to be an expert. On anything. Keep writing!

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