Last September, I was walking through some exhibits at the local fair with my girlfriend when my phone rang. Reception was kind of weird in there, and I lost the call before I could answer. A few minutes later, I checked my voicemail. Chad from Piano Man Pictures called to see if I was available to do sound on a shoot the next day. I had been doing a ton of shoots for the past several months, and I was kind of hoping for a break. Plus, the next day was a holiday, and I just wanted the day off. Eventually, I decided to help out, and I am extremely happy that I did.
Please introduce yourself. How long have you been publishing?
Richard. I'm Lela E. Buis and I published my first story in the science
fiction genre in 1991. I've always been mainly a short story writer,
though I'm now looking at doing some longer works and getting into the
novel market. The end result of being a short story writer, though, is
that I have a stock of old short stories, both published and not.
Nobody much wants reprints, so in order to get these working for me, I
looked at releasing some collections.
As most of you probably know, I am both a filmmaker and a film fan. My tastes range from the classics to cheap exploitation. While my favorite director of all time is David Lynch, I am not sure that I would ever want to meet him. He seems to have his own M.O.: modus operandi. I don't know that we would be able to have an conversation in the same realm of existence.
One director that I have always wanted to meet is John Waters. I admit that I found him through his later work first. Some friends introduced me to the movie Pecker, which I found to be charming and quirky. It made me laugh, but I didn't think that much more about it.
I am a recently retired Army officer who
has always enjoyed writing fiction. I spent 25 years in the Infantry,
and now I have more time to devote to the craft. I used to write short
stories, but eventually took on a full length novel.
How long have you been publishing?
Since September 2014. The Beaten Zone was my first book.
Richard A Lester (b 1978) is an American writer of short stories, screenplays, and novels. He has worked on productions for Azbest Films, Piano Man Pictures, and Timid Monster. His debut novel, The Check Out, was nominated for a Southern Independent Booksellers Award in 2014. The audio version of the novel received the award for Best Narration, Male in the 2014 Television, Internet, and Video DC awards for narrator Steve Ember.