Richard M. Ankers – Interview

by Manuela Timofte

«I have two sayings: 1. I’d rather be a happy pauper than a wealthy zombie. 2. Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. You can be.»

Richard M. Ankers

M. Since when do you write? What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

Answers: I’ve written from a very young age, but prolifically from my late teens. As regards language being power? I think that as a smaller person who competed in a lot of contact sports, you soon learn it’s better to talk an issue out rather than get punched. I know this might be an unorthodox answer to the question, but it’s the truth. 

M. Do you consider yourself a compass or a map writer?

Answer: Hm! I like to point my own direction in life, so I suppose a compass. 

M. In your workday, how much time do you spend writing?

Answer: The vast majority. Writing is my life. 

M. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Answer: No. I’m very shy and hid my writing from the world for many, many years. Once I decided to show my face, I thought: Why not go all the way. It doesn’t mean I’m comfortable with it, though.

M. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Answer: I only ever write what I want. I write it for me and only me. If people like it, enjoy it even, then great. 

M. Tell us about your latest project. 

Answer: My latest work is something I’ve been toying with for a very long time. The books will centre around Death having departed the world, or wishing to, and its effect in particular on an array of special characters. 

M. What would you say is your hallmark as a writer?

Answer: Hopefully, being smooth in the way I write. Dreamy even. Possibly taking dark subjects and retelling them in classy ways. People have often said my longform work is poetic in nature, which I find a lovely compliment. 

M. Do you think that accessing the reader who reads on a tablet, computer or mobile phone, in different spaces, (train, bus, metro) can help you be more read?

Answer: I would say that is very true. But I would also say that I’m probably more concerned with being enjoyed by those who read my work than ever I am by how many read it. 

M. Do you think Masticadores’s bet in the search for that digital reader is correct? What’s your opinion about it?

Answer: I think magazines, portfolios and the like are far more likely to find a readership, at least, initially, via electronic formats than paper, but those who love them will always desire a hard copy. 

M. What has your participation as a writer in Masticadores given you?

Answer: Masticadores has given me a non-judgemental place for my work. It allows me a certain freedom to present things I maybe otherwise wouldn’t, and I’m very grateful for this. 

Website: https://richardankers.com

Books: 

The Eternals Series

The Eternals: https://books2read.com/u/b6MrgE

Hunter Hunted: https://books2read.com/u/mKpJWv

Into Eternity: https://books2read.com/u/mBwMXp

Britannia Unleashed: https://books2read.com/u/bz11E9

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