Richard started college as a political science major. He took a core English course in his first semester called "Written Expression." He found a new major and a calling. After writing for his college newspaper, Richard took his skills into the world. He has written for an ad agency, a public relations firm, magazines and newsletters, a book publisher, a non-profit, law firms, for publications at a major medical center, a blog, and for websites. He has written two novels, a short story collection, a book of basic Buddhist teachings, and a children's picture book.