Richard is a respected expert in the field of commercial and residential real estate, having served as the president, managing director, and owner of several large national real estate firms.
While many authors choose to write about thrills, Richard has lived his life experiencing them. He is a kitesurfer, skydiver, triathlete, expert skier, scuba diver, an eratic golfer, and an extreme sport enthusiast who has jumped out of planes, off bridges, cliffs, and cranes with rubber bands around his ankles, parachutes on his back and sometimes just enjoying a hundred-foot freefall into water with nothing to slow his descent.
Richard combines the adrenaline rush of his life with his imagination to bring out the best in his characters. He finds his inspiration in the love for his wife, Virginia, and how far he would go to protect her; it is what helps him fill his stories with heart and hope.
Like his main characters, Richard does much of his work under cover of darkness where distractions are few and his creative juices flow best. A highly disciplined man, he manages his businesses and conducts his research throughout the day, does the bulk of his writing from 8 pm until 1 am and rises everyday by 6:30 to work out and start his day anew.
Richard is an accomplished musician, playing and composing for both the guitar and piano. He has scored the soundtracks for several independent short films and his music has been featured on MTV, VH1, and various television commercials.
He has been married for 27 years to his childhood sweetheart, Virginia. Their children range in age from 15 to 26.
Richard's first novel, The Thieves of Heaven, was published in 2006 and has been purchased by 20th Century Fox. An international bestseller, The Thieves of Heaven is published in 28 languages and available in 33 countries. His second novel, The Thieves of Faith arrived in stores December 26th 2007 garnering praise as a tour de force as it rode the bestseller lists around the world.
The 13th Hour arrived December 29th 2009 in hardcover and has been riding the bestseller lists around the world ever since and... will be arriving in theaters in the summer of 2012.
Then, of course, there's The Thieves of Darkness which arrived in August 2010 and is selling out around the world.
Now, Half-Past Dawn has arrived and is one of the best reviewed thrillers of the year.
And wait to you see what comes after that...
To learn more about Richard and his writing process, check out the FAQ link, pix, and his desk. And be sure to seek him out in the social media world.