Interview with D. L. Richardson, author of The Bird With The Broken Wing


You might remember about the post where I wrote a little about The Bird With The Broken Wing by D.L.Richardson. Well, the author was really kind and accepted to answer some of my questions! I really love the answers she gave! Hope you can take a few minutes and find out more about the author and her interesting book!
1. S: Hello Debbie! Thank you for accepting this interview. How about making a little introduction about yourself so readers can know you better?
D L: Thank you for featuring me on your site. I’m an Aussie who was born in Ireland and my favourite things to do are reading and writing, walking through gardens and on the beach, and playing and listening to music.
My dream home would be one that had a massive room with floor to ceiling books shelves on every wall and a grand piano in the centre of the room. It would have French doors that opened to a glass conservatory with a comfy lounge to read my many books. And it would have and a secret door that led into my own private woods.
In the real world, I once played bass guitar and was lead singer in a rock band. Now I live and breathe young adult fiction and I try to come up with unique stories. My next novel titled “Feedback” is coming out in a few months. It also features an element of the paranormal. And the third book I’m currently working on is a ghostly love story. I just love the idea that there is something beyond our five senses.
2. S: In the past few years, angel related books started to multiply. How did the story of The Bird With The Broken Wing come to your mind? Anything that inspired you in particular?
D L: At first the story was going to be just about mortals who were trapped in Purgatory, only they didn’t know it and they were going crazy from being stuck there for decades. From that sprang the idea of putting a guardian angel in amongst the mortals to see if she could help them to come to terms with why they were there so they could escape. This is what makes this book different to many other angel related books. My story has dark elements to it that many readers have found intriguing and thought provoking.  
As you say, many angel books are now available, some feature half angel/half mortal characters, and others feature angels falling in love with mortals. What inspired me when I was creating the angel character was that I wanted to keep my angel true to what is conventionally known about them. I borrowed a book from the library on angel sightings. Like stories of strangers telling people to get on different buses and they do and avoid being in a crash, or something guides them down a street where they meet a long lost family member. However, a common belief amongst theologians is that guardian angels aren’t meant to intervene. These two opposing views led me to wondering what would happen if an angel knew she wasn’t meant to intervene but did.
3. S: The name of the book and also the cover are both beautiful! How did you decide on them?
D L: The name of the book took a while to perfect. I had tossed about a few working titles. Mostly these were one-word titles which are really popular with young adult fiction. Titles like Halo, Hades, Fallen, Entangled, Rapture, Shiver, Lament etc. I considered one-word titles like Sanctuary or Heaven, but nothing seemed to sing out to me. Then, when I was walking my dog one day I started a brainstorming session in my head for titles. I thought about what animal an angel might be – a bird – and if someone is doing everything wrong what could that mean – they’d be broken. Hence, The Bird With The Broken Wing.
As for the cover, I’m afraid this stunningly beautiful cover is the publisher’s doing. I waited with bated breath for my publisher, Etopia Press, to send me the cover. Being my first book I wanted the cover to be special. Oh my, when I opened the email and saw the cover I nearly cried because it was so beautiful. So much better than I ever imagined. Being an Irish girl at heart myself I couldn’t have been more thrilled to find the talented artist was Irish girl Eithne O‘Hanlon.
4. S: We all have a guardian angel out there. What’s your book truly about?
D L: My mother told me that when I was four I told her that an angel sat on the end of my bed at night and watched me sleep. She and my father tried to see this angel, but of course they couldn’t. Over the years there have been times when I’ve sensed someone and done something because of this feeling. Some might call it intuition or instinct, Other might say . For example. I’d been wanting a dog for ages but I’d done nothing about it. Then one night at about midnight I was overcome with a need to email the local pound and ask if they had a puppy. They emailed me back the following morning and said they did and requested I come and see her at 10am. I went and got the dog and only found out as she was being signed over to me that she was days away from being put to sleep. I’m so glad I listened to that little nagging voice in my ear because she’s a terrific dog. So if guardian angels do exist then this book is dedicated to mine. BTW – I think my dog has her own guardian angel haha.
5. S: Do you believe in angels? If one day you could meet your guardian angel(s) what would you have to say?
D L: Things happen to everyday people all that time that are unexplainable until later. And then, iIn hindsight we look back and think “Ah, of course.” Whether this moment is called chance, coincidence, intuition, gut instinct, or help from a guiding divinity, humans like to put a face to the name. Angelic faces are more comforting than whatever we can imagine Chance or Intuition to look like. I picture Chance as a shady character with a hoodie and dark scowl, dragging his feet through corridors and making us bump into the answers to our questions.
What would I say if I ever met my guardian angel? Wow, tough question. One of the characters in The Bird With The Broken Wing wants to meet her guardian angel to punch him in the face for standing by and doing nothing while her life went to ruin. I’m older now and with age comes acceptance. If I met my guardian angel I’d say thanks for watching out for me so far and please keep doing a great job.
6. S: If you would be given the chance to become an angel, would you do it?
D L: Ooh, tough question. Becoming an angel would mean not having to go to work or wash the dishes. But it would also mean no sleeping or eating. If it meant being part of a team that got to battle dark forces I’d probably do it. It’d be like getting a chance to go up in a spaceship. You’d just have to do it because it would an experience of a lifetime.
7. S: What do you usually like to read? Are there any books that you would never leave behind?
D L: I like to read well written fiction from younger readers to adult fiction. Most genres, though anything with a fantasy element is preferable. I especially love books that move me. I cried my eyes out reading Black Beauty. The Hunger Games fired me up so much that I wanted to start a revolution. The Hobbit is an exceptionally well written story. Harry Potter books are just fun to read.
On the adult side I love Marian Keyes novels because she is one of the most honest writers I’ve ever read. And I like Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I love classics too such as One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.
I have many books that I love and still so many more to read to know if I love them too, or not. Hard to choose who would stay and who would go. They’re like parts of me. Most of the books that I don’t like get given away so the books that are left are all the ones I love.
8. S: What were you listening to while writing your book?
D L: I wish I could write to music, like I’ve read that other writers can. But when I hear music it makes me wanna get up and dance, sing along or break out the acoustic guitar and play long to it. None of these activities are productive when it comes to writing 2,000 words. So when I’m writing, I put music on in the breaks only. The Bird With The Broken Wing is quite a profound storyline, dramatic with dark elements. I listened to more layered, in-depth music like Bruce Springsteen and  Faith No More. My second novel “Feedback” has a lot of action scenes it. So I listened to Guns N Roses and The Offspring. My third book I’m currently working on is a ghostly love story so I’ll be listening to Kelly Clarkson and Adele and love song compilation CDs.
9. S: What do you think about Romania? What would you like to see here if you come one day and visit my country?
D L: I’d love to see the castles. I simply love gothic architecture. And I’ve read that there are medieval towns in Romania, which I’d love to visit. It’s a pity we still don’t wear floor length gowns made from velvet and lace, and wreaths made of flowers in our hair. The mountains look majestic in the photos I’ve seen. I’ve read that it’s one of the most beautiful countries in Europe so it would definitely be on my list. Plus, you guys have the home of Dracula. How could a writer not want to visit there one day?
10. S: Thank you for the time you’ve put in this interview! Tell every angel out there what’s on your mind. Anything you think readers would like to know.
D L: Whether you believe in angels or not, listen to that little voice in your head. If something feels right it probably is. And the opposite is true. If something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t. Some might call this instinct or chance, but isn’t it better to lift the veil on life’s mysteries and see an angelic face than to lift the veil and see no face at all?
D L Richardson is the author of young adult fantasy novel The Bird With The Broken Wing
When mortals make mistakes they’re forgiven. When angels make mistakes they’re forsaken.

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About the Author:
D L (Deborah Louise) Richardson has run a secondhand clothing store and was bass player/lead vocalist in a rock band she helped form. Today she is a writer of young adult fiction. The Bird With The Broken Wing is her debut novel. Her second novel Feedback is due out late 2012. She is currently working on her third novel. 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.




  1. Devlish June 10, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I would really like to congratulate Mrs Debbie ^-^ on her 1st Novel!

    I am glad to hear that you also enjoy the sea as much as I do, but of course you guys have one of the most beautiful places in the world (including beaches and my favourite – ISLANDS <3 !!! ) – I would love to visit Australia at some point in my life 。◕‿◕。.

    Not to mention you are now the 3rd aussie author I have came a cross (Zusak's Book Thief and Andronetto's Halo were both amazing!), I am pretty sure that even tough I haven't yet read The Bird with the broken Wing it will be a story that shall remain with me for the rest of my life, I believe in Angels and specially I am intrigued by the whole Guardian Angel concept (the concept isn't new to me but I have never really read anything about them, so I am kind of getting excited by my own just writing and reading about this book ^-^ heheh).

    I can just imagine how thrilling and maybe a little bit scary it would be to release your 1st work to the public, the anticipation and enthusiasm to see what other people think of your work and the joy that comes when you find out that at the end of the story – the readers closed your book smiling and ready to take on life with a new approach inspired fully by the happenings of the book!

    At the moment I could only find it available for Kindle, well it will have to do for the time being ^-^ , but I really hope the book will be available on Book Depository as well 😉

    Great interview guys, thank you for taking the time to pleasantly distract us for a few moments! (^-^)ノ”

  2. Simoncello June 11, 2012 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Thanks for passing by and leaving a comment! I'm glad you liked the interview! Indeed, there are many awesome aussie authors out there! I also liked Alexandra Adornetto's Halo and as you know Hades is on it's way! *wohoo*

  3. Niahara June 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I also want to congratulate Mrs Debbie on her novel! The interview was very interesting and I loved learning more about this novel. It sounds enchanting and the cover is so beautiful!

  4. Simoncello June 12, 2012 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Glad you like it! 😀 Hopefully we get to read it soon/ one day :D. I also love the cover!!!

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