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RICHARD ALTHER has published two previous novels: THE DECADE OF BLIND DATES (2008;, and SIEGFRIED FOLLIES (2010;

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 now a Huffington Post Blogger on Gay Voices. Pasted here are links to his first three articles:

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, thirteen 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.