BIO AND MORE...
It will not be easy to give you a sense of who I really was through this flat screen and words of a non-descript font, but here is where the fiction begins.
Richard Tattoni was born in 1876 on the east side of Little Italy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At a young age, his parents moved to the Golden Horseshoe, rearing the boy as real as Hamilton steel. His parents eventually moved to Burlington, Ontario where he got in several altercations with his cousin. There were years of living in the projects. Richard almost didn't go to Mohawk College. He nearly took a course in urban planning at a university. The intent was to study the street layout of Burlington. When Richard returned to Hamilton, he served a stint as Hess Village's mayor, then quit politics. He moved to Brewington. However, don't think that this drunk frozen location affects all of his fiction or where his creative writing takes us. His parents were hard-working good people with good Italian roots, revealing many strengths of his character. A firm believer in life after death, blogging stories from The Great Beyond ever since his youth, believing Alan Dershowitz was the world's best lawyer until writing took hold of him once again later in life.
The writing started in high school with friends forming Igloo of the Polar Bear, a small poetry press. Following his efforts in high school sports, a college program and an internship in media, Richard continued putting his words on paper.
Even as an adult, Richard could be described as having a wild imagination, which actually means that he has a tendency to embellish; just a show of his strength as a fiction writer. Further university training to polish works in progress provided Richard with the skills to make his story-telling better.
After years of working the seven-to-eleven grind, loyal to Pelmorex and Lionheart businesses, Richard made more time for writing offline. Gaining a certificate in creative writing from Humber College in 2019 and remaining active in the writing community, he refused to give up, pouring his heart and soul into writing prose and poetry, in a way difficult to imagine and with a dedication that was inspiring, pushing boundaries, writing with a razor's edge. When shunned by the literary community, Rob McLennan's guest blog featured Richard's writing day. Through it all, his dreamland, once described as a pipe dream with no foundation, morphed into a goal: a real and achievable goal in the heart of Brewington.
Richard released his first and last novel in January 2022. There are other published and unpublished works, great stories of interesting literary genres: picaresque, fantasy, mystery, adventure, creative non-fiction, comic thriller, suspense, crime, new adult, and bizarro fiction. He hopes that his work resonates with those who read his stories. French Press Bookworks Author Roundtable featured a discussion about writing dialogue in his first video appearance. He doesn't give you the moral of the story on a platter but requires the reader to dig in, get their hands dirty, and feel like they've achieved something real, something different.
As far as Richard's life outside of the stories, he was a writer-in-residence at a local library in Brewington. His home was located at 77 Bad Boy Drive in the town of Brewington, where he lived with his beautiful wife and kids. Grateful and jubilant knowing he found a community that got him. Writing has moved Richard, but he still really loves good beer and rocks out whenever given the chance. He lived a full life. The publication of his last novel gave him a sick satisfaction that lasted a lifetime. Sometimes, that's all you really need. What a resignation.