BOOK TALK: Author Randy Richards Discusses Recent Novel ‘Sid Hart in Cocoa Beach’
By Susanne Vaughn - Space Coast Daily // February 3, 2020
Novel set in Cocoa Beach now available
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Author Randy L. Richards recently sat down with Space Coast Daily’s Susanne Vaughn to discuss his latest novel set in Cocoa Beach and the inspiration behind it.
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Author Randy L. Richards recently sat down with Space Coast Daily’s Susanne Vaughn to discuss his latest novel set in Cocoa Beach and the inspiration behind it.
The book is available now on Amazon: CLICK HERE to purchase.
The cross-genre fictional tale uncovers the dynamic interpretation of Sid’s identity through the lives of people in Cocoa Beach. His identity to one person, is uniquely that, he affects one person in a way someone else may never understand.
Below is an excerpt from the tale, by the author:
“…It’s not clear just exactly who Sid Hart is or was. His story unfolds through the lives and struggles of the folks in and around Cocoa Beach, Florida. What is clear is the effect that this aging tennis pro has on the people around him. The story unfolds in a series of vignettes about twenty-one characters and their relationship to the seemingly ordinary Sid Hart. But perhaps we mistake the extraordinary for the ordinary because we no longer recognize what either means. The novel explores those connections. In that exploration, we slowly see more clearly just who Sid Hart is through his relationship with those people around him, trying to navigate their passing through. Maybe he can help.”
Richards is a veteran writer, with the story of Sid Hart being one of three recent pieces in the last few years. Other novels include the highly-rated “Unseen Hand of Peter Gyges” which is a thrilling corporate saga. Richards finds inspiration for his novels through travel, building relationships, and staying active.
“I conceived of this story in a broad sense,” said Richards.
“After the first novel I was thinking of a location for this – and we came out here, and I think this might be the place (Cocoa Beach) because of the people, and how the people shape the place…I wanted this to be a story of today, but with some nostalgia…”
He and his wife Dolores, residents of Rock Island, Illinois have been traveling to Cocoa Beach for sunshine, tennis, and to take advantage of Florida’s outdoor offerings for the past five years. Some local businesses featured in the novel will be receiving a complimentary copy of the story this month.
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