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Richard Castle Interviewed

castle(This interview was conducted last spring before Castle went missing)
RAGING HEAT, the latest Nikki Heat novel from Kingswell is on sale Sept 16th. You can follow him on Twitter @WriteRCastle. And tune in on ABC Sept 29th to find out the latest!

Erica Ruth Neubauer: How much do you think the Nikki Heat series is like your real-life relationship with Detective Beckett?

Richard Castle: I like to think I draw from the best parts of our adventures to give my readers an unforgettable experience with every novel. A ruggedly handsome writer following a smart, sexy Detective… you can’t get more real-life than that!

ERN: Does it change how you feel about your character Derrick Storm now knowing that your real-life father is actually a spy?

RC: Wait. How do you know my father is a spy? Who are you working for?

ERN: How do you find time to write while you are working cases with Detective Beckett?

RC: It turns out there’s a lot of paperwork when you’re a cop. While Beckett stays late writing up her case reports, I go home and write my novels. I think my job’s more fun because I get to make stuff up, and I get paid more. A lot more.

ERN: How do you deal with being in danger when you are the only one not carrying a gun?

RC: As an unarmed writer, I employ the power of my imagination to help calm my nerves. I have these little games I play. Sometimes I pretend that I’m the lead character in a TV show, and can never get hurt too badly. Honestly, the people I work with are very good at their jobs, and they have guns, so I always feel well protected.

Castle_EricaERN: Do you think being married will change your working relationship with Detective Beckett? Will you keep working cases with her?

RC: I hope our working relationship doesn’t change. Although I do think that once we’re married, Beckett will be legally required to put up with me. We fell in love over murder, so each case we work feels like an anniversary of sorts.

ERN: Who usually wins your poker games when you play with your mystery writer friends?

RC: Who wins and loses isn’t nearly as interesting as which one of us tells the best story during the game.

ERN: What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you or to you?

RC: I had a fan hold me hostage once. She’d been accused of murder and wanted me to prove her innocence. Which I did.

And the craziest thing a fan ever did for me? This one fan let me follow her around while she investigated New York’s strangest homicides. She’s still letting me, and I love her for it.