Monday, January 18, 2010

Podcast Interview with Bestselling Author R. A. Reikki

We have both a guest author and a guest interviewer on our show this week. Amanda McCurley, the daughter-in-law of WITS owner Yvonne Perry, will be the host for guest author R.A. Riekki. They will discuss Riekki's novel, U.P.

U.P. was nominated by National Book Award winner John Casey for the Sewanee Writers' Series, and of U.P. Casey says, "I wish Kurt Vonnegut were alive to read U.P. He'd love it." The compliment has even more impact as Casey and Vonnegut were friends. Producer Steven Wiig (Milk, Into the Wild) is working on turning my novel into a film.Check out for more info.

Born in Marquette, R.A. Riekki has studied writing at Central Michigan, Brandeis, Virginia, and Western Michigan. U.P. was nominated by John Casey for the Sewanee Writers' Series. Two producers are attached to turn U.P. into a film based off his screenplay. Riekki's screenplay Good Behavior is in-development with Three in One Films with Chris Kramer (two-time Leo Award nominee) scheduled to direct. His plays have been performed in seven states. He has published numerous fiction and poems and has been nominated for two Illinois Press Awards for journalism.

U.P. has been on Ghost Road's top ten bestseller list for the last 46 weeks. The book is available online on various,,, etc. and various bricks and mortar bookstores around the country.

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1 comment:

Amanda McCurley said...

Thank you so much for allowing me to do this. I had so much fun, and it allowed me to gain insight into an author I was curious about after reading. I had a great experience and would recommend your podcast to any author who wants to promote their work.