Richard Sutton

Biography

A former commune-dwelling, goat herding hippie and guitar picker turned tree planter, ski mechanic, illustrator, wood carver and carpenter; author Richard Sutton left college and hitch-hiked to New York in 1972 with forty dollars in his pocket and no preconceptions. "There, I met my wife, worked in advertising and design until I was an empty, hollow shell, then ran a retail gallery, becoming an Indian Trader in 1985." More travel followed along with a home in New Mexico. He finally saw the light of day and began to write fiction more or less full-time, in 1996. An historical fiction/fantasy The Red Gate began it all in 2009, then a sequel, The Gatekeepers in 2010. 2011, saw the release of his first SciFi novella, Home, and Troll, a prehistoric-fantasy followed in 2012. 2014, Back to Santa Fe was released April 1st, writing as WT Durand and On Parson's Creek, a YA mystery was just released in October. He lives with his wife and their cats, raccoons and other fuzzy boarders in New York.

Books By This Author

“W.T. Durand’s Back to Santa Fe is far from the usual 'going home' novel, as his protagonist, Sullivan Ortega, leaves California after his sister and only sibling Maggie dies in a car crash. Once he settles back into their poor childhood home, a host of demons, some old, some fresh and ongoing, are unleashed, propelling the bitter, hard-drinking, angst-filled Sullivan to probe deep within himself and into relationships with those he loves. What ensues is a rough, roller coaster ride as ugly family secrets are bared and Sullivan’s search for the truth dovetails with an unexpected realm of duplicity, deceit and murder. Santa Fe itself is a major character with rich, evocative tableaus of the so-called Land of Enchantment. Sullivan’s mixed Irish/Mexican ancestry depicts two facets of this unique ethnic jewel, but the Anglo and Pueblo aspects are mentioned as well. Especially rewarding is Durand’s frank look behind the pretty adobe curtain of turquoise, kachina dolls and howling wooden coyotes, into a world the tourist never sees. By the time Sullivan’s journey was over, the book may have left me hungry for the taste of sopapillas and the smell of pinon smoke, but I was thoroughly satisfied by a conclusion I didn’t see coming. ”

“Prehistoric fiction is a rarity, so it was with great interest that I read Troll. Like all books in this genre, the author provides great descriptions to give good understanding of the tools, scenery, and way of life of the period. The story takes place in Scandanavia and is about two factions of people. One group is highly developed and clearly resembles human beings. The other group is somewhat Neanderthal, part way between human and ape. These are the trolls. The two groups fear each other. Yet when a child of the human clan falls ill, it is a woman of the troll clan who offers the secret red flowers that will cure the child. The characters are fascinating and the story is riveting and believable. Instead of making them primitive and primal, author Richard Sutton has made them human, credible, and easy to identify with. His interpretation of the period is well researched without bogging down the pace of the story.”

“Both the Red gate and The Gatekeepers are well written books. They easily evoke the era in which the stories are set. An Ireland struggling to emerge from British colonial rule. A simple family of farmers find themselves the guardians of an ancient secret and it is their destiny to keeep it safe until it can be revealed. The stories tell of how they manage to safeguard their livilihoods and guard their secret legacy during the turbulent polical times and against unscrupalous schemers. The characters are engaging and well rounded. ”

“The Red Gate brings the story of a family to the reader in such a way that they will feel as if they are actually in the surroundings being described. From start to finish, it is emotionally charged, highly detailed with descriptions so real it is amazing. The plot is original, well crafted and each character is brought to life in a special way. There is tragedy, love, emotion. So much but yet nothing falls flat. No reader will be disappointed with this first book by Mr. Sutton and they will most certainly be awaiting the next. ”

“Excellent mystery book chocked full of surprises, twists and turns. Great character development as the story unfolds keeping the reader engaged in the suspense. Tidbits all through the story makes it a page turner. I highly recommend this book if you love a good mystery. ”

“Sutton's On Parson's Creek pulled me in right from the beginning. I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I were right there with Jack as he went about his adventures. Great descriptions helped flesh the scenes out, making it easy to 'live the story.' I enjoyed it so much that I've added this delightful read to my class reading lists so my students have the option of choosing it for an assignment.”

“Although framed in the context of a modern archaeological dig, the primary story is pre-historical fiction, the imagined lives of two tribes, one Neanderthal and one early humans. The search for food leads them to hunt in the same valley and thus encounter each other. Their stories run in parallel, both face the same dangerous animals and need for food, both love their children, both fear each other as the unknown and different, and both mourn a hunter's death, but that cause of death is very different. The more advanced tribe killed the other's hunter; their hunter was killed by a mountain lion. An act of kindness has the potential to change the dynamic, perhaps avoid the confrontation that will cost many lives. I stayed up late turning the pages to see what happened, and I'm not going to give the ending away.”

“I have been very fortunate lately in my choice of reads. Back to Santa Fe is a great tale with an even finer protagonist. I love Sullivan. He is real, vulnerable, macho, afraid, brave, wise, talented, compassionate - utterly the perfect male. I am so disappointed that there are not more 'Sullivan' tales. For days, now, I've been formulating mysteries for him to solve, art for him to create, women for him to protect or with whom to seek protection. The author knows his territory. Santa Fe is well described without a laboring of words. The men and women who populate this corner of New Mexico are complex, unusual, and surprising. I love the weave of the plot. I generally don't like mysteries, but this one is so full of human foibles that it caught my attention and kept it to the very end. A great read, I urge those of you who need to purchase a Christmas present for the mystery lovers in your life o add it to your holiday list. ”

“Sutton does an excellent job of portraying the brooding atmosphere of the dark woods in which the protagonist finds himself, recently moved in with his family and coping with the difficulties of a new school; making new friends at the same time as exploring this uncanny backwoods location. In parts the storytelling oozes atmosphere, particularly in the scenes with the old railroad locomotive.”

“Gatekeepers is filled with adventure, mystery, tragedy, love, emotion and human conscience. A historical novel rarely has the ability to make me understand things about my own awareness, and yet, Gatekeepers simply did. I was unable to lay this book aside; I was totally enraptured by the spellbinding story. I felt as if I were standing in the places he described. The character development is beyond any novel I have recently read. Richard Sutton has a true gift for understanding the human condition. He is skilled at translating emotions for the rest of us to comprehend.”

“This well written young adult boy's adventure in the Pacific Northwest has all the components necessary for a great read, a bit of mystery, spookiness, enough teenage angst to relate to, and a great location in which to explore. His discovery in the woods is so monumental and thrilling it compels him on to find out what really happened, which may or may not be what the local folklore says happened. I recommend this to all young men and women who love being out in nature, who might be open to things happening in the woods that might be unknown or unbelievable.”

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