Richard Gary as a student in grade school, always enjoyed writing short poems and stories. I’ve always believed that everyone has a capacity to create something, whether that something is music, art, cooking, decorating, or even business plans and financial spreadsheets. We all can create something using what is inside of us. I’ve always loved good humor and creativity that sparks a wide imagination, especially the off-beat kind. My favorites to read growing up were Shel Silverstein and Gary Larson’s “The Far Side”. When I had my own children, I would read to them at bedtime, but sadly most of the story books we had at the time were, honestly, very drab and simple. So I started making up my own stories to tell them before bed. I even let our girls fill in some of the characters and nouns themselves, similar to a Mad Libs format. They loved the imaginative stories that came out.
So, one day many years ago, I sat down and wrote out a few of the stories I had in my head. After I had over a dozen, I showed them to my wife. These stories would have stayed in the family had she not practically dared me to submit one to a publisher. Tate Publishing accepted “Double Dare” in 2011, and I’ve continued writing stories ever since.
“Elizabeth’s 100-000 Square Foot Closet” is my fifth book to be published, and I have three more currently in production. My goal is to release at least two children’s books a year, and I’m in a good position since I have over thirty more stories completed so far. My goal has always been to write stories that not only children love to read, but parents will enjoy, too, as they spend time reading with their children. Not to limit myself with children’s stories, I’ve also recently finished my first chapter book titled “The Shadow of the Snowman.” It’s an espionage novel suitable for young readers as well as older fans of Michael Crichton and James Patterson books. It should be releasing in the summer of 2017.
I was born in Dallas, Texas in 1974. My wife, Melody, and I have been married since 1997. We have 3 daughters Briana, Kylie, and Jaden. I currently live in Trophy Club, TX and work as a personal trainer in Colleyville. As a family, we enjoy volleyball, laser tag, swimming, and music.
I am energetic and very outgoing, often seen rollerblading to Austin and back. I enjoy full- contact Monopoly and Christmas Caroling on Halloween. I’ve won cliff diving competitions in Indonesia, lawn dart championships in Canterbury, and Le Tour de France three times (though not in a row). I even once bowled a perfect 300 with a golf ball. In 2001, while on a college trip, I skied down Mount Everest. I’ve counted to infinity twice. I once struck out Derek Jeter. On the weekends I play blindfold football and design skyscrapers in my spare time. I invented salsa. I occasionally tour with Bruce Springsteen. I helped build the hospital I was born in. I sold a patent to Ford Motors for an automobile ceiling fan and I created the first glow-in-the-dark light bulb. I can speak Spanish in three different languages. Fashion critics from around the world have admired my extensive line of burlap formal attire. I can watch an entire episode of 60 Minutes in 57 seconds. I’ve played the lead in Grease on Broadway, sang the national anthem for the Super Bowl, and carried the Olympic Torch across the English Channel. I can gargle peanut butter. On my off days, I also enjoy teaching quantum field theory to underprivileged children.