My name is Richard and I love writing, cooking, traveling, visiting art galleries & museums and theatres. I also like socialising with family and friends. I’m a coeliac and a house elf. Oh, and before I forget, I also work part-time. I’m married to Michael and we got a Miniature Schnauzer called Buster.
I started writing in 2011. The idea for the first book was conceived just three months after Michael and I wedded. Our wedding was a beautiful, romantic, special and loving day which we spent together with our beloved family and friends. A wonderful and colourful memory. It took us a year to plan it and I still wonder how family, friends and colleagues coped with all my updates about the progress of our special day.
We did have to consult many different sources to organise our wedding and we were successful in finding all the information which was essential to us. But it would have been less time consuming if all of this information was available in one overview, in one handy book. And that’s how the idea for my first book Ooh Yes I Do! was born.
I thought Ooh Yes I Do! would be my first and last book but the addition of a Miniature Schnauzer to our household inspired me to write more books about Buster’s exciting life. Everyday Buster meets new dogs & new people and everyday is a new adventure. Ooh Yes I Woof! the adventures of a Miniature Schnauzer is a fantasy-story based on the real life of our Miniature Schnauzer’s first year. In this book Buster tells you about his exciting adventures with Tracie Heart and the Red Speed Demon, Master Guru George, the white miniature schnauzer Otto, the family in the Holland House and an afternoon tea with the … Queen!
In 2017 I self-published the Dog’s Favourite Recipe Book and culinary adventures of a Miniature Schnauzer. The book is a fun and family-friendly book containing 40 easy made recipes for dogs to make at home and the culinary adventures of a Miniature Schnauzer.
The one thing that my books have in common is that they are about Brighton. The stunning photography as featured in Ooh Yes I Do! was taken by Brighton based photographer Hannah Brackenbury. The beautiful settings include the West Pier, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Palace Pier and the i360. The stories of a Miniature Schnauzer in Ooh Yes I Woof! and the Dog’s Favourite Recipe Book are set in Alfriston, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hove, Lewes and Seaford. Michael & I are passionate about living along the south coast of England. We love the beautiful South Downs, medieval Lewes, Stanmer Park, the sea and the diversity of Brighton. It’s all on our doorstep.
I hope you will enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Photography: Richard Gough-Buijs