Two world famous authors irreversibly influenced Richard’s career.
John Creasey - who published over 600 books following 743 rejection slips
Douglas Adams - best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
His father, John Creasey, indirectly inspired Richard's television career when he was promoted to Head of Documentaries.
Television had, from the start, followed the route of newspapers, with experienced hands-on editors being put in charge of programme departments. Consequently most, if not all the creative Heads of Department were given the top job so they could exercise distinguished editorial control.
In sharp contrast Richard was in his early thirties and had only minimal producer experience.
To survive Richard needed a different model and publishing, which he understood because of his writer father, provided the answer. There the top writers (in documenataries the award winning producer/directors) not the publisher were king. This was a relatively new model in television but it went onto become adopted by Channel 4. Indeed in 1988 Richard reached the shortlist to succeed Jeremy Isaacs as Chief Executive - Michael Grade got the job.
The second author to influence Richard’s career was Douglas Adams.
After a thrilling 30 year career in ITV Richard became a Founder and Editor-in-Chief at The Digital Village, which was formed in 1995 by a group of leading thinkers and doers from the on-line, television and literary worlds, including the late Douglas Adams, author of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This led directly to Richard’s three years in BBC New Media and indeed to this website.
Both John and Douglas inspired Richard, in his sixties, to throw his dyslexia to the wind and write some books himself:
Richard Creasey - who had “a book (or two) inside him"
Multimedia Graphic Novels - A New Concept