Richard Alan was born and raised in Southern California.
Like a lot of nerdy kids he became fascinated with chemistry,
but not in any intellectual way. He simply liked making things
explode and burn. Actually, it was a little more complicated
than that. Part of the thrill came from outperforming his
fellow nerds. It was a tough competitive business. The main
problem was due to the societal constraints that made it
difficult for children to procure dangerous chemicals. This
craze ended abruptly at age ten. At that time Richard found
his true love. It would have been computers except they had
not been invented yet. This new love was almost magical. It
involved an entity that was invisible, yet readily discernible.
His new love was electronics; and more specifically shortwave
radio. He got a job in a radio repair shop to finance his new
addiction. After about six months he constructed his first
shortwave transceiver. This opened up a whole new world for
Richard. It was called ham radio. Richard talked with other
hams day and night, sometimes over great distances. This was
truly a good time. Richard was no longer a kid; he was now
twelve. The war was over, Hitler was dead, and all
was right with the world.

Suddenly there was a knock on the door. It was late in the
evening. Richard was not aware that someone had entered the
house. A giant of a man walked into Richard's room while he was
transmitting. It was an agent of the FCC. He explained to
Richard that the penalty for operating a transmitter without a
license was a zillion dollars and years in prison. Then he
explained to Richard's parents that since Richard was a child,
the penalty would apply to them. Needless to say, Richard's ham
days ended. However, he did not give up. He began studying
diligently, and several months later he got his ham license.
Richard went on to build bigger and better and more powerful
shortwave equipment. The ham craze lasted for several years,
and then something changed again. Richard discovered girls.

Today Richard's passion has broadened. He has spent many
years as an electronics engineer designing a wide range of
high tech things. But, sometimes he gets hung up on low tech
trivial things, like what two integers when multiplied together
give you thirty-five. Everybody knows the answer is five and
seven, but what blows Richard's mind is that nobody knows
HOW to get the answer, except of course by trial and error.
And according to Richard, if anyone ever figures out a better
way to get the answer, the world economy will collapse. The
significance of factoring the integer thirty-five is clarified
in Richard's first book, The Candy Man. But, don't let that
turn you off from reading it. Richard assures us that the
book is not about nerdy things. It is a book of lust, love,
murder, blood, revenge, mystery, suspense, avarice, sorcery
and money. And, just a little bit of techie stuff. Of course
the main character is a nerd, but he morphs into something
more like a nerd in a Jack Reacher body. Richard hopes his
readers will think he has just the right mix for a suspense
thriller. Richard's second book, The Rabbit Hole, is also
NOT about nerdy things. It is first and foremost a suspense
thriller with lots of juicy ingredients to stimulate the senses.
Richard says it is NOT a fantasy, even though it might feel
that way to some readers. Richard insists that he only writes
about real things, or things that could be real. However, he
points out that reality is sometimes indistinguishable from