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Feedback by D L RichardsonAbout Feedback

“Listening to your inner voice can get you killed

Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala need organ transplants. When they receive the organs of a dead CIA agent, Dylan Black, they take on more than the task of completing the mission of deactivating bombs that threaten millions of lives. Kidnapped, their lives under threat, the memories stored in the CIA agent’s mind begin to awaken within each of them, except the one piece of information they are abducted for – the location of the bombs.”
Author Bio:

D L Richardson was born in Ireland and came to Australia with her parents as a baby.
She went to a public school in Sydney’s western suburbs and the books she read were
given to her or borrowed from the library. However it was music that first captured
her creative interest.

​She joined the school choir at age eight and got her first acoustic guitar at age ten,
although she really wanted a piano. In high school she took up lead vocals after the
girl she was to sing a duet with failed to show up. After that she told her stage fright
to get lost and took up singing with the school band where she performed in many
concerts. When she left school she helped form her own rock band where she sang
lead vocals, played bass guitar, and wrote all the lyrics. At age 26 she realized she
wanted to write novels for the rest of her life or die trying so she sold her equipment,
quit pursuing a music career and began writing instead.

​She has two young adult novels published, “The Bird With The Broken Wing
and “Feedback” and is currently writing her third novel “Little Red Gem”.

​She lives in Australia on the NSW South Coast with her husband and dog. When she’s
not writing or reading she can be found practicing her piano, playing the guitar or
walking the dog.
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82 comments

  1. Robert L. Stubbs Jr.

    Where did idea for memories being in organs come from?

    • Hi Robert
      The idea that organs contain memories is supposedly real and is called feedback. I watched a documentary where a man had a heart transplant and afterward he suddenly liked classical music and mexican food where he never used to. The documentary makers found out that the organ donor like classical music and mexican food. While watching this show I had that lightbulb over the head moment. I thought, “What if the organ donor was a spy? What if someone kidnapped all the people who’d recieved his organs for information that only the spy knew? That night I had the outline for Feedback.
      D L xoxo

  2. Cool! How do you think Australia and music have influenced your writing?

    • Hi Melissa
      Australia is a beautiful country, it’s also full of very down to earth people who don’t let their mates get huge egos, and we really are mates with everyone. Growing up with my feet planted firmly in the grounds means that I’m perfectly fine with putting the writing first and not myself. Makes for a better story. How music helps me is that I love beautiful lyrics that mean something and I’ve been able to describe things better having an appreciation of this. That probably sounds wanky or weird. I think it means I can ‘show not tell’ better and easier through a love of music.
      Thanks for the question. It was a fun one to answer.
      D L xoxo

  3. First and foremost I want to welcome you to Bittenbybooks!!!!

    • Hi Raonaid
      Thank you for the welcome. You have an unusual name. How do you pronounce it? A crucial part of any novel is character names. I feel that whenever an unusual name such as yours is used it is important to have another character pronounce it so that reader can get it in their head and move on. I once read a book where this didn’t happen and I ended up mentally giving the character another name.
      DL xoxo

  4. What movie and/or book were you looking forward to this year that surprised or satisfied you the most?

    • Hi Lisa
      What movie and/or book were you looking forward to this year that surprised or satisfied me the most? I would have to say it was The Hunger Games. I knew nothing about this trilogy until, whammo one day it’s everywhere. I bought The Hunger Games on Kindle and was hooked. The movie came out to local cinemas at a time when my mother was visiting me for a short holiday and we went together. One of the best moments of my life happened when we left the cinema. My mum had just finished reading the pre-edited version of Feedback. She turned to me and said, “Your book is as good as The Hunger Games.” God bless mums everywhere for their support and encouragement. They never stop being mums.
      D L xoxo

  5. Have you ever seen Tell Tale? It’s a modern adaptation of The Tell Tale Heart. The main character receives a heart transplant and he starts acting like the donor and exacting revenge for the murder of said donor. Very creepy. :) Did Poe inspire your story at all or is a happy coincidence?

    • Hi Jackie
      Ooooh. Tell Tale sounds like my kind of movie. I love the twist that the organ donor was murdered and the recipient exacts revenge. I’ve read Poe and he’s great at the suspense. Quite often though I have to consciously separate myself from old-school writing so that none of it leaks into my work. I’d never get away with it. So I haven’t read Poe in a long while. However, I do love movies with twists, hence why I weave them in through my books. Have you seen Narc or Frailty. I think both of these movies are brilliant with their twists and suspense. I’ll definitely be checking out Tell tale, thanks for the tip. Oh, and in answer to your question, it’s happy coincidence.
      D L xoxo

  6. You were born in Ireland? I’m so jealous…Mmm, Have you ever wanted to go back to Ireland to visit?

    • Hi again Raonaid,
      Your name looks Irish. You might be interested to know that the cover artist for both of my novels is Irish. Eithne Ni Anluain. Translates into Enya O’Hanlan. No, I have not gone back. I have loads of family all over the United Kingdon. Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England. I’d like to go for a while but I have a dog whom I love and adore. Very sappy of me, I know, but I can’t bear being away from her for too long. I did a 3 week vacation last year and vowed never that long again.I pined. She pined. One day I’ll get back.
      D L xox

      • Raonaid is Gaelic, Scots Gaelic from research. It’s actually a penname. I have a paranoid hubby and mother, so I had to form an on-line alias slash penname for my writing.

        Oh wow!!

        I know what you mean. I hate when we go down to South Carolina during the summer or the weekend at Columbus for Rock on the Range. I have four dachies. And they are my babies. My almost year old piebald dachie (my icon picture) he misses me.. Even when I go down to the store or go to the bus stop.

  7. What movie and/or book were you looking forward to this year that satisfied or surprised you the most?

  8. I think you are a wonderful person and the things you have sent me are wonderful. The books Bird with the broken wing and Feedback are not on the shelves where I live and I want to read them so bad but can’t because I am bed ridden because of car accident and can not get out to go to larger city’s to get the books and if they are expensive I could not afford them but maybe one of these days I will find a copy or someone will loan me theirs but PLEASE KEEP WRITING.You are a great writer.

    • Hi Melissa
      I hope you’re keeping well. Maybe I should say, I hope you’ve been keeping well and busy. Have you ever considered writing poetry or short stories during this time you are laid up. Stephen King had written the first half of his book “On Writing” prior to being hit by a van and almost killed. He used this time to finish the book and write a few more. Who knows, you might even be able to sell a few short stories. Let’s make a promise to each other. I’ll keep writing and you keep being positive. Positivity is the key to everything. And good luck in the draw.
      D L xoxo

  9. What is your favorite science fiction movie or tv series?

    • Hi Minna

      Favorite sci fi TV series is Star Trek in this order. Next Generation. Voyager. Original. Deep Space Nine. Other Sci fi TV I like are SG1, Space 1999 (this was a TV series from the early 70′s when I was growing up and I soooo wanted to be the shape shifter), Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man, Red Dwarf, and last but by no means least Dr Who (especially the series starring David Tennant, he’s a cutie).

      Favorite sci fi movies are The Terminator movies, Blade Runner, Star Wars (sequels then prequels), Avatar, The Thing, Alien, Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes…actually the list goes on.

      Wow that’s really a lot of sci-fi. I never realized just how much I liked it till now. Thanks for exposing me as a sci-fier. LOL
      D L xoxo

  10. I see your books are in the YA genre. Ever consider writing in the adult genre? Do you find it difficult to keep the content PG13?

    • Hi Elie

      I started with adult writing and found no success. 80,000 words takes years longer to write than 50,000 so I turned to writing YA because I could write a book a year instead of a book every 3 years. However, I have fallen madly in love with writing YA. I don’t find it difficult at all to keep the content 13+. If anything, I find it incredibly difficult to write adult content. (Me thinks I am a prude and would only find comfort in writing Jane Austen style physical interactions). Maybe one day I’ll write adult books…when I’m all grow up. LOL
      D L xoxo

  11. If you could only write one more book, what would you write about?

    • Hi Sara
      Really good question. It took me a long time to reflect on this answer.

      When I began writing YA I, like many other writers, wondered what what to write. Something popular? Something the publishers wanted to publish? Something that would sell? In the end I made the decision to write the story that had to be written. I did that with The Bird With The Broken Wing. I wrote it because I had to tell the story. I supppose it’s my tribute to SE Hinton’s The Outsider, which was the book that resonated with me as a teen.

      So, basically, if I could only write one more book it would be the book that ended a career so it would have to be the sequel to The Bird With The Broken Wing. I plan to start writing this book next year. It will be called The Bird With The Empty Nest. I can’t wait.

      D L xoxo

  12. Who has influenced you as a writer?

    • Hi Susan
      As a writer, my influences are Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Marian Keyes. I often have one of their books on hand when I’m doing an edit. I know they’re all adult writers and I write YA, but they are all great storytellers and I find that using these writers to influence me ensures that another YA writer’s voice doesn’t get inside my head.
      D L xoxo

  13. I would love to visit Ireland and Australia one day!
    What are some traits you wanted your CIA agent to have?

    • Hi Na
      My CIA agent has to like being a loner so he won’t send the kids off on a mission to visit ex girlfriends in subsequents books. He is a real good guy with a sense of right and wrong, and a person who likes to finish what he started. I made him a spy who never induldges (the total opposite of James Bond) because in Dylan Black’s view a spy who is addicted to a substance, such as alcohol or smoking, is more likely to spill national security secrets for a hit or a kick.
      D L xoxo

  14. Also, what place would you a recommend a book lover visit in Australia? :)

    • Hi Na
      I would recommend the beaches to any book lover. Australia some of the most beautiful strecthes of sandy beaches in the world. Take sunscren, a hat and sunglasses, a small picnic, and a paperback novel (not an ereader because it will get sand it in). Don’t bother with a towel unless you plan to go in the water because there’s always a breeze. I prefer to dive into a good bok anyway. If you can’t get to the coast we have thousands of inland lakes and rivers and they always offer a bank or two to enjoy. And there are also thousands of camping spots in Australia that are perfect for reading.
      D L xox

  15. Thanks for the signed copy of The Bird With the Broken Wing… will have to do the same for my daughter with Feedback. Have you thought about writing an autobiography…. becuase I remember what you got up to as a youngster. Kind of like Puberty Blues in the outer west!

    • Hi Deb
      An autobiography? Yes it would read like Puberty Blues westie style. I guess one day I might. I can’t remember who said that the only reason they wrote their autobiography was because if they didn’t someone else would. That’s probably the only reason I’d write one too. Yes, I clearly remember what we got up to. We had some fun times. We had some sucky times too. That’s what growing up is all about.
      D L xoxo

  16. What was your favorite scene in Feedback to write?

    • Hi Lesley
      My favorite scene in Feedback to write was where Ethan, Jake, and Florida first meet Hank, the bad guy who has kidnapped them. In this scene the bad guy thinks he’s an evil genius and the kids are smart alecs despite being tied up and threatened with torture. I’m often told I write a really good bad guy. They’re fun to write.
      D L xoxo

  17. Hi D.L.

    Your books look good and very original.

    Do you generally set one large or many small goals?

    • Hi Koren
      I have quite a bit of business skills so I apply a similar principle to personal goals as I do to business goals. In business there is always one overarching large goal (mission statement) and dozens of small goals to get there (objectives). The bigger picture for me is a full-time career as a writer (what I want to do). The small goals are the bits that make it up (how to get there). The how to get there bit consists of social media marketing, the books of course, my website, other writing such as articles.
      I start each month with a list of things to do. I also give myself goals for each novel. For example, I would like to have my current writing project finished by the end of this year. I might not reach this with such a busy promotion schedule at the moment for Feedback and also the print release of The Bird With The Broken Wing, but I have to aim for that goal otherwise it will stretch on endlessly and I will accomplish nothing.
      Short answer – I set both big and small goals.
      D L xoxo

  18. What do you do to reward yourself when you reach your goals?

    • Hi Koren
      My hubby and I like to go to dinner and we share a glass or two of champagne to celebrate the big wins such as novel published. If I celebrated all my small wins I’d be intoxicated all the time because the small wins do count. The small wins are what keeps me going when the big wins seems so far far away.
      D L xox

  19. Cant wait to read!!!!

    • Hi Allison
      I can’t wait for you to read Feedback too!! I’m always so excited when people enjoy my books. I feel like the cooks on Masterchef waiting for the judges to sample their goods. Will readers like it is something writers need to ask themselves. We have to write the story that needs to be written but we also have to keep the reader in mind. Without readers we are people who rant a lot. LOL
      D L xox

  20. Do you keep track of random plot bunnies as they pop up or do you let them run free and grow until you need them?

    • Hi Koren
      I make a note of my random plot bunnies so I don’t forget them and so I don’t let them run away on me. I take my dog for a walk every morning and this is the timeI let the bunnies run around inside my head to see if they will make it into the novel or will be kept aside for another book. Of course, sometimes the plot bunny is so intergral to the plot that it just goes straight in and I do a bit of a rewrite. For example, my current project Little Red Gem, I decided to change the age of two sub characters so I had to go back over the mansucript and make the changes right away so I didn’t forget about them. It really depends on the whether the random thought is relevant to the story.
      D L xoxo

  21. This may seem like sort of a random question, but was there a reason behind making you main characters male? Did the character pop into your head as a guy or was there some reasoning behind it?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Rae
      Lovely observation. There is a definite reason the main character is male. Firstly, he has always been a he, even in the planning stage. Secondly, I really wanted to write a book that young male readers might like to read. I’m an advocate of young readers and I want to ensure I have a balance of male and female lead characters in all my novels. My first novel The Bird With The Broken Wing featured two female leads. Feedback features two-three male leads.
      D L xoxo

  22. Sounds like a book I want to read!

    • Hi Cheryl
      I hope you do get the chance to read it. Feedback is very unique. I’m so excited about writing more on this subject and with these same characters. I got them into a lot of trouble and I can’t wait to see if they can get out of trouble on their own or if I have to lend a hand. Sometimes these characters end up doing what they want. LOL
      D L xoxo

  23. Hi, I was wondering how you come up with names for your character. Do they have to mean something or do you just pick names that seem to fit to you?

    • Hi Bethany
      Naming a character is like naming a baby. It’s gotta fit ‘cos it’s gonna stick. And like many mothers who will spend days, weeks, months dwelling on names, I do this too. Some characters end up with the names I gave them in a plot outline. Most don’t. For example – in the plot outline of Feedback Ethan was called Nathan, Hank was called Leo, and Dylan was called Jason, and Shay was a guy. Florida and Jake were the only two names that stuck from the beginning. The characters start to take on identities of their own, and when that happens I change the name to something that suits them better.
      D L xoxo

  24. What books inspired you to become a writer?

    • Hi Wendy
      The book that resonates for me is S E Hinton’s The Outsiders. I read this in high school and it was the first book I truly enjoyed reading in English class. Up to that point we were reading adult books like War of the Worlds and I can’t honestly remember the rest. Goes to show how memorable they were. I used to skim through these books and make up the answers. Don’t know how I passed to be honest. That’s one reason why I write YA. Because no matter how great the classics are, they’re adult books. Teens need to read books they can identify with or they won’t bother.
      Thanks for your question.
      D L xox

  25. What is your favorite part of the story?

    • Hi Donna
      My favorite part of the story is the beginning. This is where the mystery starts and draws me in. Whether the writing is good enough to can keep me enthralled to the end is another matter. But I always enjoy starting a book. It’s a bit like unwrapping a present.
      D L xox

  26. What’s YOUR favorite book?? Favorite genre to read

    • Hi Carrie
      My favorite book of all time…well I can’t quite choose. It’s a toss up between Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitte, The Hobbit by Tolkien, and S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. I can’t choose between the three. My favorite genre to read is fantasy/paranormal. I really love Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia. I also enjoy suspense/horror/thriller from Koontz and King, and Marian Keyes novels.
      D L xoxo

  27. How different is it being a writer now instead of in a band?

    • Hi Stacey
      They are both different. I often think that bands have it a bit easier. They can record 10 songs and only 2 or 3 need to be good enough to sell the whole CD. I can’t sell the whole book based on 2 or 3 good chapters. Then again, songs have 150 words to tell a story whereas a novel might contain 65,000 words. I can’t wait to finish my current project Little Red Gem. It’s the first book where I mix songs and writing. It will feature lyrics to songs I have written and songs that I haven’t written melodies for yet as well.
      DL xox

  28. I have read your book “The Bird with the Broken Wing”. Do you believe in purgatory?

    Ps: I can’t wait to read “Feedback”!!!

    • Hi Isabel
      Do I believe in purgatory? Mmmm. Good question. I prefer to think that Purgatory is a time and place in the real world where we get a chance, or take the opportunity, to reflect on our past. Not our past mistakes, just our past. Mistakes is such a negative word. We do things. We learn from that experience. We move on. We do it again or we don’t. I hope that answers satisfies.
      D L xox
      P.S Thank you for reading The Bird With The Broken Wing.

  29. I can’t wait to buy your book in hard copy.i can’t wait to see what you next story will be like.
    Will you give us a hint of your next story you’re working on?

    • Hi Gloria
      Little Red Gem is my current project and I’d love to give you a hint. Ruby dies after an argument with her boyfriend and she finds a way to come back and be with him. Things go exactly as planned, except that she learns you can’t lie and steal to the people you love and she decides to accept her fate. But in this case fate is kind to Ruby.
      I can’t give away too much at the moment. I’m two thirds of the way through and I hope to have it finished by year end.
      D L xox

  30. That sounds a terrific story. Good luck with it :)

  31. What is your all-time favorite movie, any genre?

  32. Hello D.L.

    So very nice to meet you. May I ask who designed your book cover. I love it! :)

    Thank you,
    Beckie

  33. I love the cover for Feedback. Is Feedback going to be part of a series or is it a stand alone. Looking forward to reading it.

    • Hi Lona
      Yes, the cover to Feedback is great. I wish I could take the credit but that is to go to Eithne Ni Anluain.

      Feedback will be part of a series. I plan to write the follow up next year. I’m sure when you read it you’ll see that it has the potential for a longer running series than just a trilogy.

      I’ve got my current project Little Red Gem a YA paranormal romance to complete. I also want to write the sequel to The Bird With The Broken Wing next year sometime.

      It’ll be a busy year for me writing two novels and promoting a third. I’m not sure if I’ll manage it but I’ll give it a try.
      D L xox

  34. I was in my school’s choir too, plus the orchestra playing the violin. When I was younger I was really into music and didn’t really care for books all that much. I guess I just needed to find the one book to draw me into the world of fiction:

    What made you decide to choose writing over music as a career?

    • Hi Christina
      We sound similar. I was more into the music than books. I remember being 10 and 11 and reading Snoopy, Hagar, and Snake comics. The few books that I picked up really stuck with me though:

      The Trumpeter and The Swam by EB White
      Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitte

      Then in high school I was in the school band, I sang solo as well as the choir, I performed in plays. Our English books were boring, I don’t know how I passed. But we eventually read a few YA books and they stuck with me too:

      The Outsiders and Rumble Fish by S E Hinton

      I played music for a while after I left shcool, but the answer to your question is that I get a fire in my belly about writing and I don’t about music. You need that fire in your belly, otherwise you’re hitting the notes but not really playing them.

      D L xoxo

  35. Why did you make the decision to quit music and start up writing?

    • Hi Briana

      It took me a while to realize that you need to feel a fire in your belly when you choose to do something for the rest of your life. I gave up music because I just didn’t have that same passion as I do for writing. I can talk for hours and hours about writing, I’m passionate about keeping teenagers interested in reading and writing. I could live in a library. And when I went to a writers convention a few months ago I didn’t want to leave.

      I never had that fire in the belly feeling with music. But I did have a lot of fun.

      D L xox

  36. Hi,

    While I was reading the description of the book I didn’t realize it was going to be a YA until I finished reading your bio. Did you find it difficult to handle adult topics like spies and bombs while still keeping the story in the YA genre?

    • Hi Alicia
      My editor did a wonderful job of making sure the adult content was kept to a minimum, but there needed to be some of it, how else do teens know about the spy business? But it wasn’t difficult. Even young kids know about spies from watching cartoons and Disney movies. My editor did a great job of keeping it real.
      D L xoxo

  37. How did you get all the small details you needed to make your hero seem realistic (CIA HQ is a long way from NSW South Coast!)? I am plotting a crime thriller and am worried I won’t get the police procedures part of my novel right. Fortunately I do know a few coppers to call upon!

    • Hi Lily
      You’re right. NSW is a long way from USA. Some of the information was on the CIA website. Some came from a holiday my hubby and I had in the States last year. We got talking to people and they were eager to share their conspiracy theories – some of the best stuff came from a few hours in LAX chatting to a local. I also kept some of the detail quite broad as my characters are teens so I can only write what is reasonable for them to know.

      Writing an adult crime thriller. Wow. Definitely speak to the cops for those little details.

      Thanks for your interesting question.
      D L xoxo

  38. I have come to love the YA genre. Applaud you, your characters and storylines have to be able to stand on their own, you can’t rely on copious amounts of sex and violence. I enjoy that about the genre. Thank you for inviting me.

    • Hi Heather
      I, too, enjoy this about YA – no sex or senseless violence (though The Hunger Games is a separate topic for discussion). In YA, I can read a story and get to know real characters with real issues, they come up with real solutions, and there is always hope at the end of the book.
      D L xox

  39. How did you think of the idea of using kids to fill a CIA agent’s job? That’s such a reach, and it sounds like an awesome one!

    Heather F.

    • Hi H.A
      I decided that if it was a choice between adults or kids as to who was going to believe that something ghostly possessed them, then kids would accept that easier as adults would try to justify it. Kids are also more resilient than adults so they heal faster, and this faster healing allows for the easier transfer of memories from the CIA agent to the kids.
      D L xoxo

  40. What is your favorite holiday?

    • Hi JUne
      My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love trees decorated with lights, I love the food, the presents, I especially love Christmas songs and movies.
      Only a few weeks to go till my favorite holiday. I can’t wait.
      D L xoxo

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