Bio – Richard Alther

Richard was born and raised in suburban New Jersey. He graduated as an English major from Cornell University and pursued twin careers as a writer and painter. He is the author of four novels:  THE DECADE OF BLIND DATES (2008), SIEGFRIED FOLLIES (2010), THE SCAR LETTERS (2013), and ROXIE & FRED, to be released by Regent Press on September 19, 2017.

Richard is also a Huffington Post Blogger for Gay Voices.

After several years in Manhattan, he moved to Vermont and earned his family’s living writing extensively about vegetable gardening and homesteading. His simultaneous career as an exhibiting painter included gallery representation and one-person shows in Montreal, London, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, and Florida.

Richard has trained and competed nationally as a Masters Swimmer for several years. At the Gay Games in Chicago he won four gold medals and a silver.

After continuous and far-flung adventures as an emerging gay man, seventeen years ago online he met his husband, the musician Ray Repp. They divide their time between homes in Southern California and Vermont, where their grandchildren reside.

I’m glad I left Manhattan in my 20s and moved to Vermont, where there was elbow room to become a generalist. It was easier to start a business to support my family as well as indulge my passions for writing, artwork, sports, and gardening plus have quality time with my wife and daughter. I’m a lucky man.