Welcome, Ingrid Ricks, author of Hippie Boy

I will be honest, I haven’t read Hippy Boy yet but plan to do so. After seeing the cover and reading 38 fantastic reviews on Amazon, it’s on my to buy list. But first, let’s get to know Ingrid a little better: 1. What is your favorite book? This changes on a monthly basis, but at the moment, I would have to say A Thousand Splendid Suns. I still get an ache in my gut when I think about that story. 2. Who is your favorite writer? Maya Angelou. 3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are different, why? Khaled Hosseini, who also wrote The Kite Runner, another favorite book of mine, is an amazing writer and he definitely comes in at a close second to Maya. But Maya Angelou will always be my favorite because she inspires me on so many levels. Her life is the stuff of movies and her ability to overcome such enormous life obstacles and then share her experiences through her series of gripping memoirs blows me away. I’ve learned so much from her stories and essays, primarily that regardless of the challenges you face, it’s up to you to create the life you want for yourself. 4. How old were you when you were first published? I was twenty-one. I landed a spot on my college newspaper. I still remember my first story. It was about a local movie theater. It was 500 words and took me about twelve hours to write. 5. What writing style do you most abhor? Dry, textbook-style biographies. 6. What is your favorite writing cliché? If you want to write, write. 7. What is your favorite word? Now. 8. When and how do you write? (typewriter, Mac, in a café, for four hours each morning, etc?) I do…

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