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Richard Hoyt

Vancouver, Washington

Facts and fiction

Most of the times the best info you can get is straight from the horse’s mouth, in a manner of speaking. Richard Hoyt was born in Hermiston, Oregon, in 1941. He grew up on a farm in Umatilla, Oregon. But let’s see what Richard has got to tell us …

I remember hiking to an outhouse in the winter on the small farm where I grew up. My mother cooked on a wood stove. My bedroom when I was a teenager was a renovated chicken coup with a corrugated tin roof, tar paper siding and newspapers nailed onto the inside walls for insulation. I peed in an irrigation ditch that ran three or four feet in front the door that faced the Columbia River. Coyotes roaming the willows down there howled at night.  Very cool.

This was in Umatilla, Oregon, the hub of the universe. Nobody to play with out there. Nothing but sand and sagebrush and wind. To entertain myself I entered the world of imagination, lopping the heads off Huns that were the tops of Russian thistles. Writing fiction is adult play. That’s where I learned to play inside my head. Writing entertaining novels is also the art of what comes next. What came next for me was unexpected for a farm boy.

I was the first member of my extended family to go to college. I served as a counterintelligence agent for the army and in time I was a reporter for both of the daily newspapers in Honolulu and earned a PhD in American studies for the University of Hawaii. (N.B.: Richard’s doctoral dissertation was about native American myths of the Pacific Northwest.) I taught at the University of Maryland and later for Lewis and Clark College in Portland. Whew!

Then I sold a couple of mystery novels and set out to do what I was born to do. Write stories. In the process of writing 27 novels — all kinds of them mysteries, thrillers, a science fiction novel, an historical novel — I had a whole lot of fun.

I lived worked for periods in Negril, Jamaica; Bray, Ireland; Torquay, southern England; Amsterdam; Seville; Lagos, Portugal; Sao Paulo; San Ignacio, Belize; Tangier; Hong Kong; and on the islands of Negros, Mindanao, and Cebu in the Philippines. I rode trains across the Soviet Union and riverboats from the headwaters of the Amazon to the Atlantic.

I’m pleased to say that the New York Times included three of my novels on its year’s end list of notable books and Siege won the American Mystery Award as the best novel of espionage of 1987.

I’ve been married to Tessie, a Filipina from Cebu City, for more than 20 years. She’s a terrific wife. I’m a lucky man. We have a daughter Teresa who is a student at Washington State University-Vancouver, and I have a daughter Laura from a previous marriage. Laura works as a production assistant for Hollywood movies and television series.

So what am I doing now?

It’s back to the farm for me. I write online articles about plants and gardening for Demand Studios while I doggedly attempt to jump-start my string of novels. I want to do what I do best: tell stories that are amusing, perhaps a little off-beat containing as they do black humor at every turn, a whole lot of irony, a heavy dose of imagination, a little Thomas Pyncheon, a touch of Terry Southern, a tad bit of Joseph Heller, a smidgen of Kurt Vonnegut, a soupçon of the sardonic and a whole lot of an over-educated farm boy.

I want to do what I do best:

tell stories that are amusing, perhaps a little off-beat containing as they do black humor at every turn, a whole lot of irony, a heavy dose of imagination, a little Thomas Pyncheon, a touch of Terry Southern, a tad bit of Joseph Heller, a smidgen of Kurt Vonnegut, a soupçon of the sardonic and a whole lot of an over-educated farm boy.

Bibliography

Lockente, 1980, 1994, O: Decoys, M. Evans, 1980

Schweigegeld für Harry, 1981, O: 30 for a Harry, M. Evans, 1981

Castros Coup, 1982, O: The Manna Enzyme, William Morrow, 1982

Trotzkis Rückkehr, 1982, 1994, Trotsky’s Run, William Morrow, 1982

—, O: Denson, 1983, O: The Siskiyou Two-Step, William Morrow, 1983

Cool Runnings, 1984, 1997, O: Cool Runnings, The Viking Press, 1984

Fischzug, 1985 1994, O: Fish Story, The Viking Press, 1985

—, O: Head of State, Tor Books, 1985

Drachengold, 1986, 1997, O: The Dragon Portfolio, Tor Books, 1986

Der Affenfelsen, 1987, 1997, O: Siege, Tor Books, 1987

—, O: Darwin’s Secret, Doubleday, 1988

—, O: Whoo? Tor Books, 1991

Marimba, Köln : spraybooks, 2015, ISBN: 978–3–945684–09–2, O: Marimba, Tor Books, 1992, dt. Marimba, 1992

—, O: Bigfoot, Tor Books, 1993

Spielen und töten, 1994, O: Red Card, Forge Books, 1994

—, O: Snake Eyes, Forge Books, 1995

—, O: Tyger! Tyger!, Forge Books, 1996

—, O: Japanese Game, Forge Books, 1995

—, O: Blood of Patriots (with Neil Abercrombie), Forge Books, 1996

—, O: The Mongoose Man (writing as Nicholas van Pelt), Forge Books, 1998

—, O: Stomp! (writing as Nicholas van Pelt), Forge Books, 1999

—, O: Vivienne, Forge Books, 2000

—, O: Old Soldiers Never Die, Forge Books, 2002

—, O: The Weatherman’s Daughters, Forge Books, 2003

—, O: Pony Girls, Forge Books, 2004

—, O: Sonja’s Run, Forge Books, 2005

—, O: Crow’s Mind, a Jake Hipp-Willow Blackwing mystery, 2013