My name is Richard Thomas Reilly. I am an author. I am a activist. I am a blogger. I am a teacher. I am a minimalist. There are many things you can call me. When you get to the heart of it, I am a writer. I have written four novels. I have written multiple short stories and flash fiction pieces. I have written endless poems. I have written dozens of columns. For the past year, I’ve even started ghostwriting. No matter where I go in life, I always come back to writing.
I started writing in eighth grade. We were being taught by a student teacher in our English class. Our homework assignment was to write a poem. I wrote a poem about a sunset behind the Rocky Mountains. The thing is, I didn’t stop. I had the first big crush of my life that year. I ended up writing romantic poem after romantic poem. By the end of my eighth grade year, I even willed up the courage to give one of the poems to her.
She ignored me. It didn’t matter. I found something I loved. When my friends discovered that I was writing, they forced me to show them my work. After a while, I gave in. I was rather surprised when they told me they loved the poems. The encouragement kept me going. I kept writing poetry, but it evolved. I started telling stories rather describing pure emotion. I even started writing in prose. It was the transition that I needed.
While in college, I finally challenged myself to finish a long-term project. I had several ideas for novels, but never completed one. While on break one day, I took out a notecard and wrote down a couple sentences about a story I wanted to write. A few days later, I had a rather romantic moment with a girl I had fallen deeply in love with. Before I could control myself, I started writing. For the first time, I was on track to write a full-length novel. Twelve months later, I wrote the final sentences to my first novel – The Fire Saviors. In the year that followed, I competed its sequel, The Saints. I have yet to complete the trilogy. I don’t know if I ever will. These are books of my youth and I have outgrown them. In the years that followed, I wrote a more literary-based novel called Stitch – which gave me my first experience in literary writing.
It wasn’t until 2012 that I felt like a good author. Over the course of six weeks, I wrote the best piece of fiction I have ever produced. The Stagner Chroncile employed the style of oral history. I am addicted to this style of writing and expect it to be my main form of writing for years to come. I completed the editing job before I left for the Peace Corps in 2013. If you would like a free E-Book, just click on the tab to the left. All I ask for is a little feedback.
As for now, I don’t really know what comes. I write poetry. I write science fiction. I write memories. I don’t know what my next big project might be. When I do, I’ll let my followers know. Don’t forget to subscribe. Thank you for reading.