Today’s Spotlight is on J.R. Richardson, author of Cursed by the Wicked


Why do you write?

Because I want to see where an idea takes me, and how the story ends.


What’s your favorite genre? Do you have a favorite author (if so, please tell us the name)?

I love to read supernatural, paranormal, mysteries and romance stories.  Not necessarily in that order or all together even but I especially love them if comedy is weaved through them somehow.   It doesn’t have to be the sole focus of the story, but if I’m laughing in between the action, drama or scary moments, I’m happy.  My favorite author is Jim Butcher, he’s a prime example of how this is done perfectly.


To be successful as an author, what do you see as the main goal?

I think you’re successful if you’re happy.  Everyone should always write about things they have fun writing about.  And if one person reads it and loves, that’s success as well.


What inspires you and how do you channel it when you need inspiration?

I can’t think of one specific thing that inspires me.  Everything inspires me, from a conversation I’m having with someone to a song I’ve heard or a picture someone sends me, parts of dreams I manage to remember.  It could be anything.  Then I just let it happen.  Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.  I write everything down though, in case it happens “later”.


What advice can you give to aspiring authors?

I would not suggest anyone take my advice on anything having to do with writing.  I don’t know what I’m doing.  I’m still pretty new myself so I’m still learning.   I tend to just write and see where the characters take me.   Sometimes that makes for the best stories.


What advice would you give to the youth of today (not just authors)?

Make good choices.


What’s on your bucket list?

I would love to travel Europe at some point in time with my family.


Tell us about your book:

It’s titled “Cursed Be the Wicked”

It’s a slightly supernatural, paranormal murder mystery romance.

Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.

The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.

By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.

What would you like people to know about you:

I’m a writer of stories and lover of life.

I grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity.  Today I live in Florida with my two girls and a husband that shares my same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.

I’ve always loved writing, so in my spare time, I wrote a novel that’s been picked up by the good people at Soul Mate Publishing and is due out this winter.



Jo would love to hear from you.