Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?
Rick Schroeder: “Under The Redbud Tree” is a story of sexual awakening and exploration. Two people are journeying in search of answers. Their coming together changes the direction of the journey for both of them and shows them there is much more to be learned and experienced than they ever imagined.
MT: Why should people buy your novels?
RS: There is a lot of sex. They are, after all, erotica. While my stories deal will a lot of graphic sexual activity, I also attempt to tell a story including setting a scene and developing characters of interest to, hopefully, engage the reader as the story is being told.
MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?
RS: Sexually graphic
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
RS: That question is impossible to answer. I’m a movie “junkie” and have quite a few that I go back and watch over again. My all time favorite is probably “The Quiet Man”. I think it’s the movie John Wayne should have won the Oscar for.
MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
RS: I’ve been an avid reader all my life. I enjoyed writing school papers and did begin to dream about trying to write my own books quite a few years ago. Family and work commitments kept me from doing so until the children were grown and I was able to retire.
MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?
RS: The answer to both parts of the question is yes and its the same novel – “The Lord of the Rings” saga plus “The Hobbit” prequel. I’ve read them a number of times and keep finding nuances I missed in earlier readings.
MT: What motivates you to write?
RS: I write as a way to express my inner thoughts and as a vehicle to make me more open to exploring new ideas and expand my understanding of what makes people think and act the way they do.
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
RS: Must it just be only one and what do you mean by artist? There are so many I would like to share a meal with. One comes to mind, Dale Chihuly. His work is incredible. I love stained glass which is a different art form than his blown glass, but the innovation and mind expanding use of glass to express a theme and even emotion is amazing. I would love to discuss what motivates him while dining with him.
BIO of Interviewee – I write under the pen name of Rick Schroeder. I have been at this for a few years after being fortunate to retire at a relatively early age and finding myself with time on my hands. I have a college degree, am married and have both children and grandchildren. The genre I write in, erotica, makes it necessary for me to keep a relatively low profile. While we’ve come a long way, there remain a lot of people who think this type of writing should be shunned and even banned. Others are willing to use the fact a person chooses to express themselves in this fashion as a way to harm them or hurt their families. I’ve experienced this first hand and took on a new persona and pen name. I live what is called a “vanilla” life, but have had a “kinky” side for almost as long as I can remember. My erotic books give me the way to explore and express that side of me and share it with others who may have an interest in what I have to say.
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.