Richards, Douglas E. Castle, Ohio
Richards grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Finneytown High School, in Ohio, in 1980. He obtained a B.S. in microbiology from Ohio State University before getting a master’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and two children.
George Noory wrote, “Douglas E. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that brilliantly straddle the thriller and science fiction genres.
About this author
Douglas E. Richards was born on May 7th, 1962. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio with his parents and his sister, Pam. He went to Finneytown High School, and then graduated with a degree in microbiology from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
Douglas now lives in San Diego, California with his wife, Kelly, his two children, and his two dogs.
Exerts from Interview
Douglas E. Richards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED, its sequel, AMPED, THE CURE (available now for pre-ordering) and six middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Can you tell us a bit about Wired and Amped and what inspired you to write this story?
I’ve written numerous science pieces for National Geographic KIDS magazine. A few years ago, my editor there asked me to do a story on the human brain. As I prepared the article, I was struck by just how amazing the brain really is, far surpassing even the best supercomputers. While it may seem like computers are better, this is only because our brains aren’t wired to perform tasks that computers do. For tasks like facial recognition, processing the endless high-def data coming from our senses, catching a baseball, and so on, the brain rules. Autistic savants, who can memorize entire phonebooks, or find square roots of any number instantly, provide a window into the raw power of the human mind. So I wondered, what if you could optimize the brain to achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity? This line of thought led directly to Wired.
When you write stories like this I imagine it is hard to keep the logic bulletproof, how do you plan your writing to accomplish this?
I just start with a broad premise and then perfect it along the way, making sure the logic is as sound as I can make it (which usually entails pulling out fistfuls of hair as I try to figure everything out). Fr: http://www.sffworld.com/2013/08/interview-with-douglas-e-richards/