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This will be a home for all the rare moments when my work actually garners some notice in print.  Of course, it can be very difficult for an author that is self-published to get attention for the media, but it is not impossible, so article reprints will go here as they come in…

Article from The Long Islander Newspaper
August 27, 2009 Edition

‘The Red Gate’ Opens Door To Past
Huntington  author’s first novel explores man’s forgotten wisdom

By Elizabeth Yovino

Huntington resident Richard Sutton has been writing for over 35 years, and his editorial toil has finally paid off.

His first novel, “The Red Gate” was published in late April, and is now available at Book Revue in Huntington and Molly McGuire’s Cottage of Irish Treasures in Cold Spring Harbor.

Sutton, 57, began his career by writing prose in high school. In 1985, he and his wife decided to follow there life long dream, and opened the Kiva Trading Company, as dealers of Native American handmade arts. It eventually became a storefront in Cold Spring Harbor as well as on online retail operation.  From 1991 to 1996 he served as the vice president, and then, then president of Cold Spring Harbor’s Main Street Association where he wrote proposals for community improvement grants.  It was around this time that he began to work on the manuscript for what would become his first published novel, inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Sutton’s father’s stories of ancestors and ancient times.

The Red Gate, the first of a trilogy of novels is set in 1911 and tells the story of a Western Irish farming family who learns of an ancient secret holding them to their land. They must keep it hidden from a selfish academic who tries to reveal their secret to the world for his own personal gain.

Sutton touches on the idea that man has had to learn and relearn the secrets of existing in a successful society because the knowledge of past civilizations has always been forgotten.

“Our penchant, as a species, for forgetting even the recent past points the finger at secrets lurking in our ancient histories — most of which have been lost to zealous, political and religious re-writing and book burning,” he said.

To prepare for writing this novel of historical fiction, Sutton thoroughly researched Irish and Celtic culture by accessing preserved text documents and records of pre-Christian Ireland.  He also conducted several interviews with Irish nationals to clarify local information.

“With fiction writing, one can take liberties that can’t be taken in documenting actual occurrences. I feel, though, that by adapting an historical perspective, a writer can add immediacy and understanding for the reader,” said Sutton.

To publish his novel, Sutton chose to utilize a method called Print-On-Demand. This process allows writers to publish their works at relatively low cost. They are able to revise without delaying the process and it offers the reader a chance to view excerpts before purchasing.  It is considered the “greenest” option, as press run machinery is not needed and less paper is used.

“Future books can be printed on paper stock made from processed, discarded books. {This method] also generates some of the ‘buzz’ about my book that would attract some positive attention in the industry,” Sutton said.

Sutton is currently working on the rest of the trilogy as well as an independent novel about the ancient origins of intolerance.  For more information about “The Red Gate”, visit the book’s website at

Reprinted with permission
(c)2009, Long Islander Newspapers

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