Photo Courtesy of Richard's Selfie (2015)
Richard Tattoni was born in 1876 on the east side of Little Italy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At a young age, his parents moved to the Golden Horseshoe, rearing the boy as real as Hamilton steel. His parents eventually moved to Burlington, Ontario. There were years of living in the projects. He almost didn't go to Mohawk College. He nearly took a course in urban planning at a university. The intent was to study the street layout of Burlington. When Richard returned to Hamilton, he served a stint as Hess Village's mayor, then quit politics. He moved to Brewington. However, don't think that this seemingly drunk frozen location affects all of his fiction or where his fiction takes us. His parents were hard-working good people with Italian roots that reveal many of the strengths of his character. From a young age, he was drawn to creative endeavours and believed Alan Dershowitz was the world's best lawyer, but the writing took hold of him again later in life and he saw life after death and the great beyond.
The writing started in high school with friends forming Igloo of the Polar Bear, a small poetry group. After high school sports, a college program and internship in media, and the start of a career that tested only a fraction of his editing and creative abilities, Richard continued putting words on paper.
Even as an adult, Richard can be described as having a 'wild imagination', which actually means that he has a tendency to embellish and doesn't want to follow the flow of small-talk in a conversation or answer questions. It turns out that this is just the formidable strength of some fiction writers. Further university training to polish his works in progress provided him with the skills to make stories better and more straightforward.
After years of working the nine-to-five grind, Richard is making more time for writing offline. Gaining a certificate in creative writing from Humber College in 2019 and remaining active in the writing community, he refuses to give up. He pours his heart and soul into his writing, in a way that is difficult to imagine and with a dedication that is inspiring, pushing boundaries, writing with a razor's edge. Richard has a spot in Rob McLennan's Guest Blog about his writing day, and through it all, his dreamland, once described as a pipe dream with no foundation, morphed into a goal: a real and achievable goal in the heart of Brewington.
Richard writes to the end of the page and writes picaresque, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, comic thriller, suspense, new adult, contemporary and bizarro fiction. The author hopes that his dark work resonates with those who read his new book. French Press Bookworks Author Roundtable features a discussion about writing dialogue as his first video appearance. He doesn't serve the moral of the story on a platter but requires the reader to dig in, get their hands dirty, and feel like they have achieved something real. He's living the Canadian Dream.
As far as Richard's other life, his non-writing life, he lives in the country as a writer-in-residence at a local library in Brewington and as a coach of the Brewington Buckaroos hockey team. His home is at 77 Bad Boy Drive in Brewington, where he lives with his beautiful wife and kids. He's surprised and delighted every day when reminded that he has found a community who 'gets him'. Richard loves great beer, and rocks out whenever he gets the chance.
After coining the word Technossance to describe the new birth of technology, Richard fought through the grips of Industrial Revolutions. The writer invites you to follow his carbon footprint. But his writing is much more exciting than he is, so get ready for his debut novel.
The new author is taking a hiatus from The Great Beyond, but he'll back again someday.