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 five novels:  THE DECADE OF BLIND DATES (2008), SIEGFRIED FOLLIES (2010), THE SCAR LETTERS (2013), ROXIE & FRED (2017), and BEDSIDE MATTERS, to be released by Rare Bird Books on March 9, 2021.

Richard has been 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, reaching the top ten at age 50.

He divides his time between homes in Palm Springs, California and the Lake Champlain area of Vermont, where his 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.
Richard