Richard is a Chartered Engineer who has been a policeman, diesel engine tester, university student and professional engineering geologist. Writing as Alan Frost he was shortlisted - together with around 10 others -from several hundred international writers for the CWA (Crime Writers Association) Debut Dagger Award.
The Kindle edition of his first novel, Playpits Park, has been downloaded 6500 times.
Richard's 2017 novel THE MAN WHO PLAYED TRAINS is published by Urbane Publications at http://urbanepublications.com/book_author/richard-whittle/
DISAMBIGUATION: Please note that Richard is not the Richard Whittle who writes aircraft books.
Richard believes he discovered the power of the novel and his love of writing at the age of eleven when he read Paul Gallico’s novels The Snow Goose and Jenny. On his overseas trips many years later he armed himself with an excess-baggage mix of paperbacks that did not include crime novels (as an ex-policeman he had vowed never to read them, never mind write them. Now he no longer feels that way).
His central characters, people like you and me, are dragged into situations beyond their control from which there seems little chance of escape. For them, crimes are most definitely involved.
He is a former trustee of a Scottish Charitable Organisation, acting first as its project manager and then its technical advisor. He lives in the Scottish Borders, not far from Edinburgh, and now writes full time.