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Roosevelt Richards Interviewed

Author of Still I Stand

VTP: Where are you from?
RR: Monrovia, Liberia

VTP: When and why did you begin writing?
RR: About seven years ago. I started writing because It has always been a dream and I am very passionate about poetry.

VTP: What inspired you to write your first book?
RR: When my dad passed, I wanted to do something for him to be remembered as his son. I wanted him to be proud of me because he had such high hopes in me, I didn’t want to let him down.

VTP: Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that idea?
RR: Basically, it’s not a book yet, but a work in process. The idea has always been there since I started reading novels. It’s different from poetry, but…

VTP: How did you come up with the title?
RR: I am not sure if that title is appropriate, its just a hashtag I use to let everybody who thought I wouldn’t succeed know that every day, I get better

VTP: How much of the book is realistic?
RR: Everything

VTP: What are you trying to achieve with it?
RR: I am trying to let people see through me… how I feel, what I think… what it’s like being me

VTP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
RR: I think it’s pretty challenging because it’s not something you just do. You have to feel inspired and motivated. Sometimes I get an idea by 2am and I have to wake up and write. If I keep it till morning, I will forget.

VTP: What was the hardest part of writing your book, Still I Stand?
RR: First, I have to find the time because right now I have to work full time to support my family.

VTP: What brought you to write this book?
RR: My passion for poetry.

VTP: What are you trying to achieve with it?
RR: Giving the world something to make their dreams better, giving kids an understanding of what it takes to be Roosevelt Richards

VTP: Who is your most important source of inspiration?
RR: My daddy and my son. I don’t know where the scale lays.

VTP: Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
RR: Sydney Sheldon, Diana Steele, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Blake, Emily Dickson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allen Pole, William Woodworth.

VTP: What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?
RR: What it takes to be a father.

VTP: How would you answer that question?
RR: Well, It’s the best feeling ever, nothing compares… I’ll elaborate more in an actual interview.

VTP: What advice would you give aspiring writers?
RR: Well, as I am one myself, I would say be focused, don’t let impediments get you down; they are a part of life. Take criticism on the cheek, and believe in yourself.

VTP: Do you have any advice for other writers?
RR: Always be an inspiration to others and don’t let fame get to your head.

VTP: What’s next for you? What are you working on now?
RR: More poems about my son and life in general.

VTP: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
RR: Don’t think so. Maybe not now.

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