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Debut Author Richie Narvaez on Writing and Publishing

Author Interview

Debut Author Richie Narvaez admits something a lot of us writers have in common. We write a lot, it’s the finishing that’s tricky! Learn more about Richie in my interview for his first book!

The Author

Richie Narvaez is the author of the award-winning fiction collection Roachkiller and Other Stories. His work has appeared in Long Island Noir, Murdaland, Shotgun Honey, Skin & Bones, and Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, among others.

His debut novel, Hipster Death Rattle, releases March 11, 2019.

Find out more about Richie by clicking on the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Author Page

The Book

Hipsters! Brooklyn! Machete-carrying serial killer!

Buy the book! Click on any of the following links: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

The Interview

Describe your publishing journey:

I have been writing since I was a kid. But I have not always been finishing. This is my second completed novel. The first and half-finished others sit in a file drawer, never to be seen again by human eyes. So once I finished this book, I sacrificed soul, liver, and relationships to Zuul, to no avail.

But I did eventually find an agent through friends in the publishing business. The agent turned out to be the Keymaster and then I got a book contract.

“I have been writing since I was a kid. But I have not always been finishing.”

What inspired you to write this novel?

I grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and after college I was living back there. Every day I saw how gentrification was carelessly and coldly erasing everything I’d known. It was very difficult to witness, and I needed to say something about it.

The central idea came from trying to walk through a crowd of hipsters in Williamsburg and imagining chopping them down like sugar cane. What can I say? I was hangry. But I turned my murderous ideas into fiction. #writingistherapy

What are you working on now?

I completed a YA mystery thriller that is now making the rounds of publishers. I’ve also begun working on a new standalone mystery. And I have a new collection of short stories that will be out soon.

Wow! Lots of great projects in your future. Thanks for hanging out with us.

Congratulations on your debut – and remind me never to make you hangry!!

Elena Hartwell

Author and developmental editor.

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