About me and who I am.

What is it about me? Who am I? What do I want? Why am I so passionate about my writing? Find out and more by checking out all the links under this menu.

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Books Published

Published novels, novellas, and short stories published on various sources.

1

Books in Progress

Characters based upon real-life counterparts used for inspiration.

49

Story Ideas

Average number of storylines queue up to write. Actual count changes daily.

699

Scenes

Ideas, scenes, images and story lines flowing through my brain every day.

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Characters

Characters based upon real-live counterparts used for inspiration.

1277

Coffee

Approximate cups of coffee consumed each year.

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Close Friends

Close friends and relatives who support me and give me strength to write on.

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Social Platforms

Social media platforms where you can follow me, including Facebook and Twitter.

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Muses

People who inspire me, help me with storylines, and tell me the truth in my writing. They are my muses for who I am very grateful.

My Novels

If you enjoy disturbing details, charming villains, and desperate heroes, you’ll love my thrilling, tie-you-in-knots stories.

Mona's Stories

My stories come to me in the weirdest of places. I wake up with an idea, inspired by my dirty mind and coupled with a need to explore ‘what if?’.

Writing my ideas down is an adventure filled with excitement and desire. I pour my heart and soul into every word, sentence, paragraph, and chapter.

If you like twisted plots, perplexing characters, and unlikely scenarios which somehow could be true, you’ll devour my stories, and look for more tantalizing tales from the depths humanity can go.

Richard Verry Portrait

What’s to say about me?

Thousands of images and scenes flow through my mind day and night. I can’t capture them all. I wish I could, though I try in my artwork and writing. Still, so many of them get away from me. Most of all, I want more. I need more.

My motto says it all in eleven short words. I came up with it as an adolescent.

Everything is possible; nothing is impossible; it’s all in the attitude.

Richard Verry

My stories do a better job of capturing some of these images that flow through my thoughts. It is why I like to paint realism and write dramatic fiction centered on fantasy, sci-fi, and the beautifully impressive naked women.

I discovered I could seize my imagery using words. It’s beautiful and makes me happy. As you read my stories or view my paintings, you can visualize me applying my motto in my creative works, just as I do in my everyday life. Maybe even more so.

My Goal

To earn enough to buy a beach house, a fully outfitted Corvette with all the amenities in the garage, and writing full time with a margarita in hand with my feet buried in the sand.

Connect to me

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My Personal Motto

Everything is possible; nothing is impossible; it’s all in the attitude.
Richard Verry
Writer/Author/Artist
Motto

My motto says a lot about me. I live this motto every day of my life. Be positive. Stay positive.

It directs how I view the world and how I address the obstacles that life throws in my path. I work hard to apply it to everyday tasks, from washing the dinner dishes to cleaning the backed up toilet. I try to attack my duties with a positive attitude. Not that I succeed every time. No, I fail a lot, but I keep trying.

I grew up in a world of believing that everything worth doing; was worth doing well and with a smile on my face. I accept that what may not exist today will probably exist tomorrow or the next day.

You may think it incredulous, but who would have thought that those ‘Star Trek’© communicators that flipped up would become a reality a decade ago as a flip phone, and nearly obsolete today? Who knew?

I’ve overcome many adversities in my life. Who hasn’t?

While my life path could be worse, I won’t let that stop me. I don’t know why, but I look to move forward, not backward. I won’t let myself stagnate.

To me, stagnation means a slow death. I don’t know about you, but I plan to keep on living.

Now, what’s your motto?

motto
Biography

Richard Verry began life floundering as he made his way through life. As he grew, he discovered artistic talents in himself inherited in part from his parents. Dad was an excellent technician with the brush, but did not seem to have a creative side. Mom was very creative and dabbled in many mediums, but lacked technical expertise. Through osmosis, practice, and seeking help from outside sources, Rich blended their talents with his own and learned the skills he needed.

Throughout his childhood, Rich doodled in class, at home, and wherever. He sketched imaginary ships that could travel through space, water, air, and underground. His subject matter changed while his skills grew stronger when reaching puberty. While he received little formal training in the arts, he experimented with various media and styles, including writing, sketching, drawing, and photography.

As an adult

Richard is a college graduate, earning a Master’s degree in Information Systems. He did it the hard way, studying part-time at night and weekends. It was slow going, taking over a decade to achieve his three degrees. He would do it all over again, going full-time right from the start. Looking back, he feels as if he missed something in the experience. However, he’s proud of his accomplishments, proving to himself that he can do anything.

As an adult, earning a living took precedence over his talents. He married, had a child, divorced, and dealt with two long-term periods without a career job. Despite his tenacity to overcome life’s challenges, his career choice gave him satisfaction, though he always felt he lacked something critical in his life.

Creativity

Years later, he rediscovered his artistic side, putting into practice his motto. Over the past twenty years, he’s refined his drawing and painting skills, creating hundreds of compositions. He finds joy in writing his stories, stories that not everyone is writing but finding his way, and his niche, to stand out among the masses.

Richard Verry is an Information Technology engineer, artist, and author. His artistry includes written works and an extensive gallery of drawings, watercolor, and oil paintings. He lives with his long-term live-in girlfriend, making their home in Rochester, NY, beside Lake Ontario in the north-eastern United States.

Who Am I?

I’ve often wondered who am I? What do I want? Why am I so passionate about my writing? I don’t know if I can ever answer these questions. I know this, I will continue asking myself these questions until I am six feet under the ground.

I am the son of a war veteran who, upon returning home fighting for his country, found his bride moved on in life, leaving him and a baby behind. I suppose I should consider myself lucky as I was born to his second wife. Otherwise, I might not be around today. Both were creative people. Dad’s creativity came from his soul, but had a technique like I’ve never seen before. Mom had artistic talent but little skill. Consequentially, I inherited some from each of them. However, just not enough to know what to do with it. I had to figure that out all on my own.

What makes me … me?

What’s to say about me? Thousands of images and scenes flow through my mind day and night. I can’t capture them all. I wish I could, though I try in my artwork and writing. Still, so many of them get away from me. Most of all, I want more. I need more.

I love everything I create. I pour my soul is into each of every project, be it crafts, artwork or my favorite, my stories and novels. However, they fall short. It takes too much time to build a scene, capturing the nuances I want to incorporate. Most of all, I want more. I need more. Nothing is impossible. What do you know? There’s my motto again.

Looking Inside

My stories do a better job of capturing some of these images, bombarding my thoughts. It is why I like to paint realism and write dramatic fiction centered on fantasy, sci-fi, and the beautifully impressive, naked female form. Ah, women, aren’t they are all beautiful? In a novel, I can frame dozens of fleeting images into scenes within a single story, capturing my characters’ thoughts and behaviors. Hence, I found I can seize my imagery using words. It’s beautiful and makes me thrilled. As you read my stories or view my paintings, you can visualize that I apply my motto in my creative works, just as I do in my everyday life. Maybe even more so.

Reaching outward

Revealing my true self is still scary in a politically correct world. With social media, the public routinely chastises the slightest offhand comment or opinion with outrage and indignity. Some say I have a deviant spirit. Maybe I do.

Many people ask me why I think so much as they don’t see me that way? Some embrace what I expose, while others do not. I have decades of experience hiding parts of myself from the world. However, I’m learning to rewrite those feelings and embrace who I am, the real me. Thankfully, I have exceptional people in my life who allow me the freedom to be who I honestly am, to explore my inner self, and live by my motto.

In summary

So, there you have it.

I’m a free-spirit man embracing as much as I can, accepting others and their beliefs, even if those beliefs may make me nauseous. I will never try to change anyone, and I expect they will not work to change me. Therefore, I am open-minded enough to understand that not everything may be the truth. I question everything, demanding to know the authoritative source of any supposed fact tossed at me. From that, I make my judgments and act accordingly.

Animism

How I see the universe? I observe as much as I can and explore that which interests me. I see the universe we live in as a living entity. Life is everywhere. Recently, I discovered that my view of the universe had a name, 

Animism.

Surprise! I did not know that there was a name for it. So I looked it up. Sure enough, it’s in the dictionary.

Definition: noun

  1. the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls.
  2. the belief that natural objects have souls that may exist apart from their material bodies.
  3. the doctrine that the soul is the principle of life and health.

Animism in action

Do I believe in Mother Nature? Absolutely. Her ancient name dating back ten thousand years is ‘Gaia.’ I think of her frequently and use her name in my stories. The spirit of life lives in each of us. Life exists within the flowers and trees outside my window and in the rocks we step on. It permeates the stars in our sky and throughout the entire universe. If you ask me what I believe, I will tell you.

“We are not alone.”

Mathematically, it is improbable that we lowly humans are alone in the universe. I hope that humanity matures enough when we answer the question, ‘are we alone?’ Yet, I suspect we will not and, as a result, act foolishly, putting us all at risk for extermination.

Right Brain Learning

To many people, Richard’s right and left brain conflict with each other. It’s possible that some people fit into one or the other, just not both. Do his sides battle with each other occasionally? Not occasionally, but each side constantly fights for control. Together, they complement each other.

Richard resumed sketching, drawing, and painting at the turn of the 21st century. He favors the female nude and has produced many compositions in graphite, charcoal, oil paint, and watercolors. His gallery of works grew year after year. He exhibits them on his online gallery, which you can find at maggicalExpressions.

He also writes stories that tickle his interest. In reality, writing consumes him, leaving little time to draw and paint. Every day, scenes and images flood his mind, streaming as if watching an online video. Most times, they exist for mere milliseconds. Other times, one will capture his interest, and he’ll spend several valuable seconds considering the mental image. A rare few will capture his interest long enough to become obsessed with it. But they do, and he thrives on their existence.

Left Brain

His choice of career fit his left brain. He’s always been interested in analytics, science, reason, preferring to control a situation rather than submit. One career he had considered was a marine biologist. He’s practical, envisioning the progression of events. When doing various errands, he prefers to plan an efficient route that minimizes wasteful energy.

Right Brain

His career choice also fed his right brain. Programming and systems engineering granted him freedom to bend technology to his will. He’s a technology geek and loves his toys. Yet, it’s the creating that turns him on. He pours his soul into that which he creates. However, once done, he moves on, leaving many of those creations behind, yet not all. When he returned to drawing and painting after decades left behind, he realized what he had missed during all that time. He discovered a forgotten passion. He spent hours into the wee-hours of the night practicing his skills, improving himself, and finding a happiness he needed. Today, he spends those hours writing his stories and novels.

Combined

He added writing short stories at about the same time, but never thought about publishing any of them. In 2012, he worked on an idea for a full-length novel. Dabbling off and on with written creative works, he wrote the ‘Mona Bendarova Adventures’ as a single book he never envisioned publishing.

He wrote a concept, a future history, an encyclopedia of the universe, and an outline of the first book. Initially, he didn’t think he would share it with the public, but lots of feedback prompted him to publish it and write a series. ‘Broken Steele’ was the second book in the series, with more published or planned.

Since then, he has written several other books, including the ‘Her Client Trilogy,’ ‘The Breakup,’ the ‘Consortium’ books, and more. He is quite proud of the Consortium books. Readers either like them or hate them. One thing they are not is ambivalent towards them.

He’s published 15 novels to date. He sells them with outstanding success on Amazon and other retail and eBook sites.


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