Richard Alther was born and raised in suburban New Jersey, and a beneficiary of New York City museums and theater from grade school on. He graduated as an English major from Cornell University and pursued twin careers as a writer and painter.
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 last Gay Games, in Chicago, he won four gold medals and a silver.
After continuous and far-flung adventures as an emerging gay man, nine years ago online he met his partner, the musician Ray Repp. They divide their time between homes in Southern California and Vermont, where their grandchildren reside.
THE DECADE OF BLIND DATES is Richard’s first published novel.