J. D. Richards
Author of books highlighting liminal spaces within the human experience, such as
THE BLUE JEWEL (2019)
THE EMERALD PRINCESS (2021)
THE BLUE JEWEL
THE EMERALD PRINCESS
The Great War is over, but insurrection embroils colonized Earth as the rebels battle Alien conquerors. Calvin desperately tries to hold his family together. He faces Alien captors, raiders, and even other rebels in his quest to preserve those he loves. But how far must he go to protect what he treasures? The Blue Jewel is a thrilling space opera of conquest and adventure, as Calvin explores what it means to be human. Can what is left of the human race preserve itself?
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Unemployed pilot and cartographer Ann Raymond takes a job recovering looted art, but one of the statues is not what she seems. Now the mob, cops, and even old co-workers are after her in this sci-fi noir thriller that explores liminal spaces within the human experience.
The Emerald Princess is set in the same universe and about a generation after the events of The Blue Jewel.
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Beyond God and Devils is a separate work outside of the Blue Jewel universe. This paranormal mystery thriller is set in 1920's Florida, and is J. D.'s first dip into writing horror.
J. D. is working hard to hammer out the first draft, and should have the book out by winter 2022.
BEYOND GOD AND DEVILS
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
The Blue Jewel is an exciting adventure. It gracefully combines action, romance, sci-fi, suspense, and drama all into one story. This book cleverly integrates the differences in culture, race, and upbringing to produce a believable dialogue. The Blue Jewel was a great read, but it definitely leaves you longing for more.
The Blue Jewel holds something for every reader. The story is full of love, family, friendship, adventure, and thrilling twists and turns. J. D. will draw you in and keep you wanting more.
This is science fiction with heart. Fast-paced and engaging, with characters who shine in an otherwise bleak dystopia - you'll be swept away in a struggle against injustice and find yourself rooting for humanity.
JOHN DE LEON
I gave this book 5 stars because it has everything I love in sci fi. Believable aliens first off. And secondly great characters who really develop as story goes forward. I believe the science is rather "soft" which is fine by me. I am able to let my imagination take off. A little romance fills it out. I enjoyed the book and didn't have to strain my brain to get it.
This is like a slightly cleaner version of Saga, but in novel form. Even with war and adventure happening on the periphery, at its heart it’s a story about family. I enjoyed it a lot and the illustration touches were fantastic.
J. D. Richards graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and holds a M.E. in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He loves working as a systems engineer in the aerospace defense industry by day, and transforming into a science fiction writer by night. What started as a simple Friday night hobby of reading and writing (they call it Literature Night at the Richards’ house, or Lit' Nite) has turned into a passion.
J. D. is fascinated by the liminal spaces within the broad human experience, and science fiction is the perfect medium to explore those spaces. His work focuses on characters who feel they live "in-between" worlds. The Blue Jewel (2019) is his debut novel. He just published the second novel in the same universe, The Emerald Princess (2021). His third novel, Beyond God and Devils, is expected in the winter of 2022.
J. D., his artist-illustrator wife Corina, and their young family love life in Tucson, Arizona. They enjoy reading, doodling, and playing guitar. Their house is full of books, quiet reading spaces, a couple napping Russian Blue cats, and two rambunctious toddlers.
INTERVIEWS WITH J. D.
Most Inspiring Stories
J. D. was featured in VoyagePhoenix, an online creative's magazine. Check out his interview, as well as truly inspiring stories from artists, writers, and other creatives from the Phoenix, Arizona area.
2 September 2020
New Adventures in Sci-Fi
Check out J. D.'s debut interview with science fiction writer and blogger Chris Morton. Chris is an interesting fellow from the United Kingdom who has lived all over the world, including most recently Taiwan. He continues to publish books across a wide variety of genres.
27 February 2019
M. R. RICHARDSON
Fresh Author Interviews
Master world-builder M. R. Richardson took time out of his busy writing schedule to interview J. D. and discuss their shared love of space operas. M. R. Richardson has published several science fiction novels, each full of intrigue.
1 March 2019
CHRISTINA "DZA" MARIE
Dragons, Zombies, and Aliens
Speculative fiction writer and fellow geek Christina "DZA" Marie recently posted her interview with J. D. to her fabulous blog, Dragons, Zombies, and Aliens. Christina is known for her thoughtful book reviews and engaging author-interviews, typically highlighting special reads focused on the not-so-classic heroes and heroines. We're looking at you, Calvin Durkin. . .
J. D. admires Christina for her goal of "changing the landscape of speculative fiction writing and media entirely" by including a more diverse cast and breathing life into all typically under-represented characters.
3 April 2019
J. D. was featured on the Novelize Blog! Novelize is an outstanding web-based writing app preferred by many writers for the rich feature set, tool usability, and tailored flexibility. Their customer support is outstanding - they really know what a writer needs. J. D. wrote the first draft of The Blue Jewel in Novelize's cloud-based environment, and continues to use the app for other works. Thanks Novelize, for showing J. D. some love!
If you are looking for a full-feature web-based writing app that isn't bloated or cumbersome, check out Novelize (link through "Author Spotlight").
13 April 2019
The Dave Darin Radio Show
J. D. and Corina were interviewed in a live broadcast on The Dave Darin Show (NYC) to promote their novel The Blue Jewel! Check out their chat with Dave ranging from what it's like to write science fiction, to UFOs, to alternate dimensions, time travel, and everything in between. Pretty zany stuff.
7 May 2019