- coordinator of the commercial editing reading group
Richard Gould uses R J Gould as a half-hearted pseudonym because he writes humorous contemporary romantic fiction and has been told by several agents that he's the wrong gender for writing in the Romance genre. He's a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was taken on by the publishers Accent Press following participation on the RNA New Writers’ Scheme. His first novel was shortlisted for their Joan Hessayon Award in 2016.
Richard appreciates Cambridge Writers as the organisation provides valuable support during the potentially isolated activity of writing novels. He's been involved with a group sharing ideas about self-publishing and currently leads the Commercial Editing Group, within which fellow writers discuss works in progress.
A Street Café Named Desire traces the relationship between Bridget and David, two of the less popular members of their class, following their meeting at a twenty-five year school reunion. They’re both loaded with baggage that threatens to get in the way as David chases his dreams of having a relationship with Bridget and opening an arts café. (December 2014)
The Engagement Party Wayne and Clarissa are a young London couple whose immediate families are about to meet for the first time. Trying to create harmony between the parents is hard enough, but in this case there are eight parents, step-parents, and partners to cope with. (May 2015)
Domestic Blisslessness, commended in the 2012 Cambridge Writers annual short story competition, is available as a Kindle e-book.
Jack and Jill Went Downhill Way back when they first met on Freshers Big Party Night at university, Jack and Jill shared the joke that their names were those of the nursery rhyme. Down the line, they fail to recognise that their lives are matching the plot as Jack falls down and Jill comes tumbling after. Their relationship is on the rocks. Can it survive? (June 2016)
Jack and Jill Went Downhill (2016)
Awarded Third Prize at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2015.
The Engagement Party (2015)
A Street Cafe Named Desire (2014)