Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My background includes 20 years with the military, both Navy active duty and reserve time, plus Army reserves and the Army National Guard. I also was a full time graphic artist, illustrator and art director. Working for advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, grocery store in-house agency, the silk screen business, freelance illustrator and for government contracts.
Currently I have written only one book, Upside Down and am writing two more books plus sculpting, and painting in my spare time . I live in San Diego with my wife while I work on the my new books. One is based on Monsters and the other is based on my time with Seal Team One.
I was an active duty U.S. Navy SEAL from 1970 to1980. I made one tour to Vietnam and did another tour right at the close of that war.
You hear a lot about SEALS but the stories seem to be all about their extraordinary adventures and not much about the time spent training and sitting on your butt in-between all those extraordinary adventures. I decided to tell my tale of woe with illustrations and stories quite a bit differently than all the heroic tales that are told. I want to tell the tale of what I refer too as an ordinary SEAL, and what life is like as a SEAL on a day to day basis. We'll see how that works out!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Frank Richard and was watching his grandson; who was 3 at the time. He soon noticed his grandson standing on his head all over the house. He stood on his head on the floor, then on the chair and again in his bed. After talking to his grandson about this action he got this answer, “Things look different Grandpa”. So began the kernel of a idea to write and illustrate a book. Since he had been for quite awhile a professional artist, he decided a children's picture book would be a great venue-for this story. He found the avenue to get his book out into the world when he discovered independent publishing.
In April of 2017, after having retired, I published my first book (Upside Down) with CreateSpace and as an eBook with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I draw the book first long before I write it, by that I mean I have all the images already set in my head then I write the book. Of course that all gets tweaked as you go along and I fit the text and images together to hopefully create a coherent story.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The Iliad and the Odyssey, all the Robert Heinlein books, and all the Edgar Rice Buroghs volumes and last but not least Agatha Christie books. I also enjoyDean Koontz and Louis L'Amour's work.
What are you working on now?
I'm actually working on two books at the same time, one is based on Monsters and the other is based on my time with Seal Team One.
The Monster book is loosely based on how to tell who is a monster and how to tell. I was a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1970 to1980, during which I made one tour in Vietnam and did another tour right at the close of that war. You hear a lot about SEALS, but the stories seem to be all about their extraordinary adventures and not much about the time spent sitting on your butt in-between all those extraordinary adventures. I decided to tell my tale of woe with illustrations and stories quite a bit differently than all the heroic tales that are told. I want to tell the tale of what I refer too as an ordinary SEAL, and what life is like as an ordinary SEAL on a day to day basis.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Currently I haven't found the perfect site for promoting my book but am doing research and tests to determine the best fit.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never volunteer for anything.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never Volunteer for anything.
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
To complete my next two books as quickly as possible, but it will be a Herculean effort.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Iliad and the Odyssey.
Author Websites and Profiles
Frank Richard Website