Richard Chase Mears

Biography

Richard Chase Mears was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1935. Following a lineage of sea captains and plantation owners, he was well schooled in Southern tradition. Tragedy in his early life sent him into seclusion where he sought refuge on the Chesapeake estuaries and particularly on the Patuxent River. Here he acquired a deep knowledge and love for the river, its wildlife and the woodlands. Sensing his pending academic doom, his father sent him to a private boys’ school taught by Jesuits in the classic tradition. After graduation his restlessness and love of knowledge and adventure tore him from a traditional life in Baltimore. He joined the United States Air Force in Air Force Intelligence which took him around the world. When he settled after three years of experience and adventure he continued his education at the Pennsylvania State University in writing and journalism after which he ventured into New York City and explored the fields of film production and agency advertising ( J. Walter Thompson, 1961-1963 - a Mad Men experience where he met his wife of 50 years) and went into investment management. In 1974, he became president of his own investment company (Richard C. Mears Inc.) in San Francisco and has since added a division, RCM Entertainment, for film and novel production. His adventures have evolved into exploring Africa and writing fiction: Ebb Of The River, Anubis Rex/​The Jupiter File, St. Nick And The Space Nicks (his first children’s book),The Bard Club, Naga Basa, The Four Seasons Of Spring and a seventh coming novel series Chardonnay Red/​ Carlyle Blues.

Selected Works

Fiction
This is an American novel about five country children and a school-teacher who changes their lives and opens their minds through the writings of William Shakespeare. The story takes place during World War II (1944/1945) in the quaint fishing village of Solomons, Maryland. Teacher, Bessie McMath begins a log to record events of the town and of its people taken from the writings of her students through their interpretation of Shakespeare's works. The story ends when members of the Bard Club show their spunk and become national heroes due to a bizarre series of events that lead to the capture of a German submarine.
A thriller with all the characters you want to know and follow throughout this tale of suspense and intrigue. Well rounded like a fine wine.
Children's book
"St. Nick goes intergalactical... a hypothetical collaboration between Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote ‘The Night Before Christmas’, and the incomparable Dr. Suess."
--Berkshire Record, 11/26 – 12/2
Fictional Memoir
"... does what a good novel should, create character, evoke time and place, and examine moral character -- what the Mississippi was to Huck Finn, the Patuxent in Maryland is to Ebb."
--The Los Angeles Times

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