Richard Verry, that’s me. It seems strange that I would write about myself in the third person, so I won’t. I am… well… I don’t know exactly how to categorize me. I prefer not getting boxed in, that much I know. I’m a lot about everything and nothing at all. It makes it hard for people (and job interviewers) to figure me out. Ultimately, I’m a private person, separating my private life from my public life. Only a very small circle of friends and family know the hidden me. That’s okay, yet, I struggle at times with the dichotomy of what makes me … me.
I realized the existence of my creative side well into adulthood, even though I applied it my entire life. Even utilizing that creativity in my job and in working around the house, fixing broken fixtures or remodeling a room. At around the turn of the 21st century, I went back to applying myself to drawing and painting.
Somewhere along the way, I started writing down my stories. I never intended to publish them, but good friends and relatives told me that I must. The rest is history.
I hope you enjoy reading my stories. My stories come to me in the weirdest of places. I wake up with an idea, often inspired by my dirty mind. Yes, I have a vivid dirty mind. Writing down my impressions can become an obsession, filled with excitement, desire, and intrigue. If you’re into something different, something other than vanilla, you just might enjoy my stories.
Richard Verry began life as the only son of a war veteran. As he grew, he discovered artistic talents in himself and in 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 different mediums but lacked technical expertise. Through osmosis, Rich blended their talents with his own, to good results.
Throughout his childhood, Rich doodled in class, at home and where-ever. He sketched fantastic ships that could travel through space, water, air and underground. As he reached puberty, subject matter changed while skills grew stronger. While he never received any formal training in the arts, he experimented with a variety of media and styles, including writing, sketching, drawing and photography.
As an adult, earning a living took precedence over his talents. He married, went to college the hard way (part-time nights & weekends) and earned several college degrees in Information Technology. While this fed his creative side, he always felt something lacking. Years later and after a divorce, he rediscovered his artistic side.
He began sketching, drawing and painting in earnest. He’s created quite a gallery of works which he exhibits and sells on his online gallery. He favors drawing and painting the female nude but has done many different types of pieces in various genres in in graphite, charcoal, oil paint and watercolors.
Eventually, he also began writing short stories, but never thought about publishing any of them. Then, in 2012, he began working on an idea for a full-fledged book. Dabbling off and on with written creative works, he began writing the ‘Mona Bendarova Adventures’ as a single book, the idea of which he thought about several years ago. He wrote a concept, a future history, an encyclopedia of the universe, and eventually, an outline of the first book. Originally, he didn’t think that it would ever be published but the feedback received prompted him to decide to publish it and to write a series. ‘Broken Steele’ is the second book in the series. You can expect more books to come.
Richard Verry is an IT 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 girlfriend and partner Janet and make their home in Rochester, NY along the banks of Lake Ontario in north eastern United States. He hopes you enjoy his work and would appreciate a comment, good or bad.
His novels are available through Amazon for Kindle and in Paperback.
Please visit his online galleries of paintings and drawings. Be it original works or Giclée prints, they are available for view and purchase. Be sure to post a review.
Honest, thoughtful critiques are always welcome.