One of five children, Richard was born in Swindon, Wiltshire. His father was a RAF pilot who had 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 the first two books in a series about the adventures of Danny McAlister. He is currently working on the next book in the series.