One of five children, Richard was born in Swindon, Wiltshire. His father was a RAF pilot who served with distinction during WWII. His family immigrated to Fremantle, Western Australia where Richard finished high school. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force and trained as a pilot. He served for nine years, including an operational tour in Vietnam after which he flew C-130 Hercules transports and later passenger jets for Ansett Airlines. Despite a successful aviation career, Richard always wanted to pursue his interest in art. Leaving flying in 2006, he completed a Diploma of Visual Art at Tewantin TAFE and graduated with a BA at the University of the Sunshine Coast, majoring in creative writing and design. Richard has recently published a seven books series about the adventures of Danny McAlister. He is currently working on the release of the eighth book in the series.