Born in the shadow of St Andrews in 1961, home of Birmingham City FC Soccer club (we all have our crosses to bear) the journey that led to the publication of Richard’s first novel ‘Rebels’ on Smashwords in November 2013 has been one long roller-coaster ride.
From his formative years in the inner-city being educated in a school with shall we say a ‘reputation’ he went on to study Peace Studies at Bradford University’s internationally renowned School of Peace Studies, later acquiring a second degree in psychology from The Open University.
Hooked on fantasy since first reading Lord of the Rings at the tender age of 16, Richard became an avid sci-fi fan at University in those rare moments of down time between studying and socialising.
Having changed his career more times than some men are said to have changed their underwear, he’s gotten up at ungodly hours to sell newspapers and cleaned offices late into the evening in what can best be described as a character building exercise.
After graduation he pursued a career in nursing, before a back injury forced him to retrain as a computer programmer and take a desk job working for a number of large, well-known UK corporations,internet startups and venture capitalists. He witnessed firsthand the evolution of computing from the mainframe to the desktop and the birth of the internet as he travelled far and wide as a jobbing contractor/web developer. Rapidly tiring of travelling business class (at the client’s expense) he left the corporate world to work for an environmental charity before moving on to pursue a new career as a community development worker.
Along the way Richard attended the odd Creative Writing course or two where despite the positive feedback he was only able to find a market for his non-fiction writing mainly in the form of magazine articles. Inspired to take up the fictional pen once more when his oldest daughter introduced him to National Novel Writing Month (http://nanowrimo.org/) he’s taken the plunge and published ‘Rebels’ here on Smashwords with several more works in development.
When not arguing over whose turn it is to use the computer with his kids, readers may find him pursuing his other passion of walking in the mountains and National Parks of UK or very occasionally at the local gym.
Finally when asked to sum up his writing in a single sentence he replied. “I would love to sit down and write my autobiography one day, but looking back on my life I can’t help feeling it would be a lot less believable than my fiction.”