Rick was born in St. Louis, Missouri before the Gateway Arch was built. His college training and degrees are in chemistry,
biology, and nutritional biochemistry. In grad school Rick was an avid bike rider and completed three, sanctioned
"century" (100-mile) rides. Rick also enjoys woodworking and has built several pieces of furniture. He and his wife Rose
live in Rochester, New York.
While he always enjoyed writing, Rick's serious interest began in 1991 with starting his first novel. He completed the first
draft, then took workshops to hone his craft under Hugo and Nebula winner Nancy Kress, as well as under authors
Patricia Ryan and Nick DiChario. His first published short story came out of one of those workshops.
Rick also has several published short stories and poems, which are available to read from the SHORTER WORKS link.
His most memorable writing career moment occurred at the 2005 Book Expo America when Henry Winkler asked for an
autographed copy of his first novel. Rick has a genuine interest in helping new writers and is active on Zoetrope.com. He
also belongs to the Rochester Speculative Fiction group (www.R-Spec.org) whose goal is to promote speculative fiction.
Rick has a genuine interest in helping new writers and would love your questions and comments. Email him through the
link on the HOME page.
Additional interesting (or not) facts about Rick
He has fond memories of life as an undergrad at the University of Akron. He involuntarily explored the storm sewers of
Akron. As a fraternity prank on him, he and another fraternity member were dropped off near Hinckley, Ohio, clad in a
dress and given a dime for a phone call. His nickname in college was Twig (What else would you call 5-10, 125 lbs?).
Once on his birthday the guys in his dorm made him a pizza: they stripped him to his underwear, tossed him in the
shower, and dumped Gold Medal flour on him. Do not try this at home. You will never get all of the flour globs off your
clothes. Ah, sweet college life.
While a grad student (Nutritional Biochemistry) at the University of Illinois he completed three Century bicycle rides (100
miles within 12 hours). He completed them in 7-8 hours each and still has the patches to prove it.
Through possessing a meager musical talent, Rick wrote and copyrighted a song--it's nothing you'd want to hear--and
the copyright is now expired. Rick worked occasionally as an onsite recording engineer for a Christian recording studio
using a now vintage, but mostly working, Teac 3340 four-channel tape deck.
Rick can honestly write "B.S., M.S., Ph.D." after his name. There's an old joke that a lady in a church congregation once
asked her pastor what all those letters after his name meant. He replied, "You know what BS is?" "I sure do," she said.
"Well, MS is more of the same, and PhD is piled higher and deeper.'"
Rick created a killer recipe for Hot Fudge. It remains his proudest culinary achievement.
Rick cannot act and makes no pretentions that he can. Nevertheless, he has been twice drafted into roles in skits for
Heather Graham's Vampire Ball at the Romantic Times (RT) Booklover's Conventions, in St. Louis in 2005 and in
Daytona Beach in 2006. At the 2007 convention in Pittsburgh, he kept himself off the stage.