Richard who..?

Here’s me in a few bullet points

  • My first book appeared in 1997 and since then I’ve written all sorts of stuff for all sorts of ages – until 2020, under my real name Simon Cheshire – there’s a full bibliography here.
  • For years, I had a proper job working in the marketing departments of various bookselling companies, but I’ve been a full-time freelance writer since 2001.
  • Over the years, I’ve visited many festivals and literary events to talk about my work, both in the UK and abroad.
  • I used to have my own radio series about writers and literary genres, on a digital station in the early days of DAB broadcasting.
  • I live in Warwick, but spend most of my time in a world of my own.
  • I’m allergic to animal hair, pollen and the word ‘incredible’.
  • My favourite food is fish. Or possibly chocolate.
  • I have no dress sense whatsoever, and usually go around looking like a mobile rubbish tip.
  • My favourite activity is reading late at night, when everyone else is asleep.
  • I write on a laptop running Linux, using LibreOffice to write my books and Mah Jong to waste my time.
  • I hate gardening, swimming and salad.
  • I firmly believe in the existence of extraterrestrials.
  • I’ve travelled in China, India and Egypt and I really, really, really want to go to the Moon.

These are some of my favourite quotations about books and writing

  • “The creator is nothing, the work everything” – Gustave Flaubert
  • “If it reads easy, it was writ hard” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness” – George Orwell
  • “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 o’clock every morning” – Peter de Vries
  • “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force” – Dorothy Parker

And here’s an unrelated one that just makes me smile every time…

  • “I could have been somebody. I didn’t feel like it, that’s all” – Tony Hancock