Richard Orson Benton was born in 1938 and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Fascinated by Orson Welles presence on the American radio stage at the time, his mother honored Mr. Welles by giving Richard his middle name. Perhaps that was prophetic, given this author's predilection for science fiction and fantasy. Living through the discomforts of World War II with its rationing, blackouts and gnawing fear constantly communicated to him by his elders, he was a child of the times. Following high school, he spent four years in the United States Air Force. He received his BA in 1967.
Dick started a book he called
Outlaw at the age of fifteen. Life got in the way and he never finished it. Later he wrote travelogues and campfire stories to capture the essence of memory on paper. In the early 1990's he started filling bound blank journal books, a gift from his first daughter, with little stories he gleaned at life's little junctures. In 1999, before retiring from the business sector, he started work on his first novel,
I Wish I May, A Tale of the Fourth Millennium, After finishing it, he let it simmer for two years while learning more about the craft, then rewrote it, had it professionally edited and self-published in 2002.
Man, his action driven second fiction novel, began in June of 2001, but had a long hiatus and had to await publication until 2009.
His current book project is
The Mission, a post apocalypse story. Dick has several projects waiting, among them,
The Master's Yoke, (sci-fi), The Screen Door, (horror), and
The Alley, (alternate reality), along with several short story collections he calls
The General Story Bin and The Fantasy, Sci-fi and Horror Story
Bin. His animal collections are Maxxy the Love Dog and
Tigger the Cat.
If he has any complaint, it is a small one. The days no longer contain enough time to do the things he wants to. Life is fuller now as he works for himself than it was when he worked for others. Happier, too!
Dick is President and moderator of The Litchfield Writer's Guild and a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA). He lives in the northwest hills of Connecticut with his wife.
So much time in front of the computer requires activity for balance. Dick loves tennis, golf, cross-country skiing, and refreshingly long aerobic walks. He loves ocean cruising, island hopping and forays into the outback of any fascinating place.
Dick believes that life is just life and that it owes him nothing. He also believes that what he puts into it without expectation will come back in some positive form. The saying on the HOME page is his distillation of what’s really important about any individual life.
Finally, he believes that at the end, while drawing a last breath, if he can look back on it and can say, "Damn, that was interesting!" then it was absolutely worthwhile!