Richard Groller, is an author of fiction and non-fiction. He is co-author of The Warrior’s Edge (with Janet Morris and COL John Alexander), and a contributing author to The American Warrior (Janet and Chris Morris, Eds.). Nominated for Military Intelligence Professional Writer of the Year in 1986, he has published numerous historical and technical articles in such venues as Military Intelligence, The Field Artillery Journal, Guns and Ammo, and the Journal of Electronic Defense. Rich is a regular contributor to the Heroes of Hell shared universe anthology (edited by Janet Morris), and has been published in 6 books in the series so far, with the latest new short story in the recently released Doctors in Hell (published by Perseid Press). He is published in Sha’Daa: Pawns, and has a short story in Sha’Daa: Facets the latest anthology in the Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse series, created by Michael H. Hanson published by Moondream Press. He is published in the horror anthologies What Scares the Boogeyman? and Terror By Gaslight, edited by John Manning, and published by Ironclad Press. https://www.amazon.com/author/richardgroller
Opportunity. I was in the right place at the right time. I was publishing a non-fiction book called The Warrior’s Edge with Janet Morris but had no clue about publishing fiction. She knew I could write and offered that I should try my hand at writing in the Hell series. I accepted the offer, since Hell offered such a diverse and truly timeless palette to choose story lines from, and the rest is history.
Do you do a lot of researching before starting to write or do you go with the flow and check the details (if doing so) later?
I absolutely do my research first, then begin to write. I have been accused more than once by other authors that I do more research for a short story than they do for a novel.
Haha! I’m with you though. I can get a bit obsessed with researching…but it’s all so interesting!!! Besides, one can never learn too much, right? Okay, your favorite recipe?
Cream of Ham soup – an old Austrian recipe of my Mom’s that my wife has replicated perfectly. Start with a bone-in ham butt. In a large pot cover with water and boil for 2 hours. Remove the ham. Add cubed potatoes until cooked thru. Add pepper. Add salt to taste (may not need it depending on the ham). Shred some small pieces of ham to add to the mix. Final ingredient to add before serving is a pint of heavy cream. Stir it in and ready to serve. This a winter time dish that you can literally crave once you have tried it. If you are old school, serve with a loaf of crusty Italian bread.
I have to try to make it! Sounds just the kind of a food my husband would love! Could you give us a one sentence synopsis of your story.
After Harry Houdini’s short-lived escape from Hell, he works to return a not yet damned soul, who inadvertently accompanied him back to the Netherworld, to the land of the living.
If you could meet one ‘celebrity’ author who would it be and why?
Robert Heinlein. I am the Director of Programming for LibertyCon, a Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention down in Chattanooga, TN. I have met “A LOT” of celebrity authors over the years. But Heinlein from early on had been a guiding influence on my intellectual and philosophical development, and it is my one regret that I never had the chance to meet him while he was still living.
“A man should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert Heinlein
Thank you, Richard! This quote is a perfect way to end our ‘meet the Doctors in Hell authors’ tour. Tomorrow I will be packing for London Film & Comic Con and of course reporting everything that will happen there to you. Some of the Heroes in Hell authors will be visiting my blog during the summer, so no worries, you’ll get your portion of horror for sure! Anyways, huge thanks to all of the authors of Doctors in Hell, have a fab week aaaaaaaannnnddd…this girl is off to create a kick-ass costume for the Comic Con!