Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon. In 1991 Richard began his sports writing career at the Gallup Independent before moving on to work for the Modesto Bee, Turlock Journal, Merced Sun-Star, Tracy Press, San Mateo County Times and the San Francisco Examiner.
He also served as an editor and photographer with some of the newspapers. He won the 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association award for Best Sports Story while at the Turlock Journal.
In 2010, Richard retired as a sportswriter and decided to return to his fiction writing roots. He released two short stories – The Invited and Legacy of Death – as well as a full-length sci-fi novel, Maelstrom. In 2015, Richard completed nearly two years of research and interviews and published, From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California, chronicling 95 years of high school football in his hometown. One month later, the first book of the Jack Del Rio series, Reservations, was published by Oak Tree Press.
In 2016, Richard was one of a dozen authors selected to participate in, Beyond Watson, an anthology of original Sherlock Holmes stories and was one of 20 writers involved in a second Holmes Anthology, Holmes Away From Home, released in December. Perfection’s Arbiter, a biography of National League Umpire, Babe Pinelli, was released on October 8th. W & B Books acquired the Jack Del Rio series and released the second book, Betrayals, in November. Endgames, the final book of the series, was released in 2017.
In January of 2017, Richard returned to his science fiction roots with the release of the novel, Escaping Infinity, which was awarded 2nd place in the ETWG Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest, was nominated for a 2017 Nebula Award (non-finalist) and is a finalist for the 2017 Dragon Awards’ Best Sci-Fi Novel.
Richard has released three books in 2018 so far – The Last Lonely Trail with Jim Christina, When The Gods Fell and The Timeless. He has also appeared in several anthologies: Secret Stairs: Tribute To Urban Legend, To Be Men and Planetary Earth.
In 2019, Richard began his own podcast, A Scribe’s Journey, (YouTube, iHeartRadio), and has written several short stories for anthologies – A Tribute to H.G. Wells, Planetary: Jupiter, Sherlock Holmes Adventures in the Realms of Edgar Allan Poe – and released the second novella in the Timeless series – Secret of the Sphinx.
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