Richard Horan has a B.A. in English from Boston University; and boxed professionally as a middleweight throughout New England and Canada. He hitchhiked from Maine to Miami, and from Texas to Seattle; worked as a ranch-hand on an exotic game ranch near Brenham, Texas; ended up in Milwaukee. In 1984, Richard moved with wife-to-be to Italy to teach English. He then eventually returned to the states and enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing, but changed mind and was in the first class of students to receive a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Pitt in 1988. Richard then accepted a teaching position in rural New Hampshire; taught English and coached football. In 1992, he accepted a teaching position with the Department of Defense and went overseas to Belgium and later to Seoul.
In 1997, Richard returned to Wisconsin after the publication of first novel, Life in the Rainbow, by Stearforth Press; taught at a military academy and a public high school until 2001 when second novel, Goose Music was published. In 2002, Richard took a job as composition instructor and writing center coordinator at SUNY Oswego and began writing non-fiction reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Times, St. Petersburg Times, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and others.