Debut Author Richie Narvaez admits something a lot of us writers have in common. We write a lot, it’s the finishing that’s tricky! Learn more about Richie in my interview for his first book!
Richie Narvaez is the author of the award-winning fiction collection Roachkiller and Other Stories. His work has appeared in Long Island Noir, Murdaland, Shotgun Honey, Skin & Bones, and Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, among others.
His debut novel, Hipster Death Rattle, releases March 11, 2019.
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Hipsters! Brooklyn! Machete-carrying serial killer!
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Describe your publishing journey:
I have been writing since I was a kid. But I have not always been finishing. This is my second completed novel. The first and half-finished others sit in a file drawer, never to be seen again by human eyes. So once I finished this book, I sacrificed soul, liver, and relationships to Zuul, to no avail.
But I did eventually find an agent through friends in the publishing business. The agent turned out to be the Keymaster and then I got a book contract.
“I have been writing since I was a kid. But I have not always been finishing.”
What inspired you to write this novel?
I grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and after college I was living back there. Every day I saw how gentrification was carelessly and coldly erasing everything I’d known. It was very difficult to witness, and I needed to say something about it.
The central idea came from trying to walk through a crowd of hipsters in Williamsburg and imagining chopping them down like sugar cane. What can I say? I was hangry. But I turned my murderous ideas into fiction. #writingistherapy
What are you working on now?
I completed a YA mystery thriller that is now making the rounds of publishers. I’ve also begun working on a new standalone mystery. And I have a new collection of short stories that will be out soon.