Richard draws on 15 years as a practicing CPA and another 15 years as a practicing criminal defense attorney to feed his fiction and find hidden truths.
I've always been the discontented type. That's probably a main reason that I've tried so many things over the years. Outside of my 30 years spent in two professions, I have built a few spec houses, bought and sold other real estate as an investor, sold real estate as an agent, owned and operated two hog farms and one meat processing plant, and sold insurance and livestock feed but not at the same time. And, lest I forget, I tried, two times, to operate a BBQ restaurant. That was after I had earned my private pilot's license and instrument rating, and with the help of family, built a 1,300 foot grass runway at Hickory Hollow, our place in the backwoods of North Etowah County, Alabama.
Over most of these years I was seeking meaning and purpose. Then finally, a few years ago, I had my Damascus Road experience and realized that meaning and purpose don't come from the outside. They come from within. I have to create them for myself. I now find REAL meaning and purpose in trying to write fiction.
I published my first novel, God and Girl, in 2016. My second one, The Boaz Scorekeeper, was published September 2017. My third and fourth novels, The Boaz Secrets (formerly named Girl and God) and The Boaz Stenographer should be available for purchase during the later part of January and February 2018 respectfully. I am currently working on the first draft of my fifth novel.
The setting for all my novels is Boaz, my hometown. I intend to continue writing about myths, mysteries, and murders placed in this City of Possibilities, a small town in North Alabama.
I've always loved a challenge. Fiction writing is the hardest thing so far.