We have with us today, a wonderful man who has touched many lives. Only recently, I was talking to people to told me that I should hear him speak. He is an inspiration to us all. Richard, welcome to Facing 50 with Humour.
Thank you Carol. I must say it's a pleasure to be here.
Why thank you Richard…Before we chat about your new release I have some nice easy questions for you. Please relax, take a deep breath and then answer the rapid fire round:
'The Joker’ or ‘'The Penguin?
It’s got to be The Penguin. The Joker REALLY needs to learn how to put on lipstick; and as for the colour; it’s just not him.
‘Hotspur’ or ‘The Beezer’?
No contest, it’s The Beezer every time for me.
‘Banana Splits’ or ‘Double Deckers’? (Children’s programmes not food)
Double Deckers; they were true stories you know!
Can you tell us a short joke?
Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewellery.
Curly Wurly or Flying Saucers?
Did you ever wear a pair of platform shoes?
I had a pair but hardly wore them. One night I did wear them. As I was leaving the pub it started raining, so I started running and nearly broke my ankles.
What one mad thing would you like to do before you are too old to do it?
Have a night of passion with Sharon Stone (as long as she gave up smoking; I can’t do fag breath).
That's rules out any chance for my mother then. She's taken a shine to you, so watch out.
What was the first car you ever owned?
A VW Passatt
Finally, could you please tell us something about yourself that doesn’t show up on the loveahappyending.com website. Surprise us!
I was in a theatre company once and have done Shakespeare. I’ve also done solo theatre and sang in a blues band for a charity variety show.
I am so envious. I would love to strut about on stage. I played all of the witches in Macbeth at school but I'd really like to do that in a proper theatre..
And so, onto your latest book?
Yes, it’s called Inspiration For Breakfast and it’s a compilation of wisdom quotes that I felt compelled to put into book form, and I’m really grateful to you for showcasing it today on my official launch day.
As you may well know I really love inspirational quotes; I find that they can really fire you up and get you going and I just felt it was something I needed to do. I had already published one new book this year and republished my first five pieces of work as two revamped paperbacks, but I found myself wanting to do something else before the year’s end, and Inspiration For Breakfast is the result of that. I got the idea and just sat on it for weeks, but once I decided to go ahead with it, it was finished very quickly.
Was there any particular source you gathered all these quotes from?
A few really; I just love Eastern Philosophy, so the first section is dedicated to Easter Philosophy quotes. Then there is a section on Marcus Aurelius quotes; Marcus was one of only five Roman Emperors to have been considered “good”. There is also a section on Greek Philosophy quotes and a section on miscellaneous quotes from all kinds of people as diverse as Audrey Hepburn and Winston Churchill.
Who would you say your book was for specifically Richard?
Literally anyone and everyone Carol; young and old, male and female; anyone at all who is looking for a little bit of inspiration.
That sounds great Richard and I understand that Inspiration For Breakfast is not the only project you have been busy with?
Yes that’s correct, firstly I decided that my Kindle version of Angelic Wisdom Trilogy needed sprucing up a little, so I engaged the services of our very own Stephanie Keyes’ company, Sycamore Road Design, to create a new cover for me, and here it is…
As well as that I have just released my latest CD, Mantra For The Soul. This is a project that I am particularly excited about, and I also have someone working on a new backing track for one of my older meditation CDs that is already in production, and if things go to plan the finished article will seem like a completely new project only much better. Finally, I have an idea for another CD in the new year that should turn out to be the best of the bunch. So, all in all, exciting times!
Well thanks for joining me today Richard and sharing your exciting news with us. But before you go, can you just share one of your favourite quotes from the book with us?
It would be a pleasure Carol and thanks again for having me as a guest on your blog!
“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step – Lao Tzu”
Link for free eBook version of Angelic Wisdom Trilogy HERE