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Getting to Know Staff Writer : Ricky Grove

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You may or may not know much about our staff of writers, so I've interviewed each of them asking more about them. So, you'll get to know a bit more about what their background consists of.

I've started with Ricky Grove, who is also the co-editor of Renderosity Magazine as well as the Managing Editor at Rendersoity.com.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I am a 63-year-old male living in Los Angeles with my partner, horror-writer Lisa Morton, her elder mother Sheila, and two wonderful cats. I grew up in Arizona where, despite a difficult childhood, managed to earn a degree in Theater at Arizona State University. I then went on to receive a Master's degree in acting from Yale University, graduating in 1983.

My life has always revolved around acting and bookselling, which I began when I was 14. My acting career brought professional work in TV and movies along with lots of stage work. I quit acting in 2004 having grown tired of the difficulties involved in finding work. As far as bookselling goes, I've always worked at bookstores as a way of supporting myself during down times as an actor.

I currently work at a great used bookstore, the Iliad Bookshop, in Los Angeles. I've been there for almost 18 years. Books have been a major part of my life.

Why did you want to become a writer?

I backed into non-fiction writing. When I quit acting, I was searching around for something to do and, since I had a wide range of friends in the gaming community, I got recommended for a reporter's job at Renderosity. It was difficult at first, but with practice, I've gotten better as a writer.

What inspired you to write?

Money, primarily, although I do like reporting on interesting technology and the people behind that technology. I think the actor in me likes discovering people and their ideas. While most of us pay attention to the effects of technology, like the special effects in movies, I like to seek out the people who created the technology and report on them.

What is your favorite food?

Prosaic choice; bacon, eggs and hash-browns. I love a fine meal, but if I was offered a last meal it would be a traditional breakfast (with black, black coffee!)

I don't have a favorite type of music, but I'm partial to ambient music, jazz and blues. I really listen to everything. If you were to look at my music collection it covers practically all styles of music from Klezmer to modern avant garde. My music listening has declined a bit over the years. I'm not sure why, but I find myself reading more than listening to music.

What do you do in your spare time?

Frankly, I don't have a lot of spare time what with working 2 jobs (bookstore and renderosity). But I do like to garden and I read a lot. For many years I was involved in the world of machinima (real-time game-based animation) having run a virtual film festival for 6 years, but it became too difficult for me, so I retired from it. I enjoy working with computers a lot. I also have been learning the 3d program Houdini over the last 6 months and hope to create some digital art with the program once I become proficient.

I'm looking forward to retirement in the next 3-4 years. I've grown tired of the daily grind at the bookstore and would like to relax and perhaps travel a bit. My garden is coming a long nicely, but I've got a good year's worth of work before it's finished. Perhaps I'll give writing fiction a shot as well, since I live with a professional writer. But the big thing I'm looking forward to is having more time to read.

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