Photo Courtesy of Richard's Selfie (2015)
Richard Tattoni, born in 1976 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and as real as Hamilton steel. His parents eventually moved to Burlington, Ontario where he was raised. Richard returned to Hamilton where he served a stint as Hess Village's mayor before quitting politics. He now lives in Brewington. However, don't think that his seemingly frozen location has any impact on where his writing takes us. His parents were hard-working with Italian roots that underlie many of the strengths of his character. From a young age he was drawn to creative endeavours, but the writing took a hold of him when Richard was in his early twenties and he saw life after death.
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 began to put his words on paper.
Even as an adult, Richard is 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. It turns out that this is just the strength and weakness of fiction writers. Further university training to polish his works in progress provided him with opportunities 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 dedication that is inspiring, pushing boundaries, writing with a razor's edge. Richard has a spot in Rob McLennan's Guest Blog about his evolving writing day and through it all, his dream, which was once described as a pipe dream without any foundation, morphed into a goal: a real and achievable goal.
Richard writes to the end of the page and writes picaresque, creative nonfiction, thriller, suspense, new adult, contemporary and bizarro fiction. The author hopes that his dark work resonates with those who read his new books. 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 a believer in 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 is 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 family who 'gets him'. Richard loves good beer, and anything that anyone will feed him.
After coining the word Technossance to describe the new birth of technology, Richard fought through the grips of the Industrial Revolution. He invites you to follow his carbon footprint. But his writing is much more exciting than he is, so giddy-up and storm into a brave new world.
The new author is taking a hiatus from The Great Beyond, but he'll back again someday.