Richard Underwood currently lives in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, England, where he is engaged in writing and research.
Born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, he attended Old Colwyn Primary School. As a teenager he attended St Helena’s School in Colchester, Essex, before joining the medical branch of the Royal Air Force and serving in hospitals and medical centres both at home and abroad.
Richard Underwood’s wide range of publications is a reflection of his wide range of experience and interests.
After leaving the air force he became a student mental health nurse before becoming a police officer in Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham in Greater Manchester.
He later became a minister of religion for twenty-years, being ordained and commissioned as a Salvation Army Officer and later becoming an Industrial Chaplain to the Fishing Industry as a Superintendent with the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Throughout this period he also completed his training as a counsellor.
On leaving the ministry he became a civil servant at a Government Office in Leeds where he specialised in Technology and Innovation, and became the Company Secretary of a Regional Technology Network before becoming a staff counsellor for the West Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and Chief Executive of a national counselling charity.
He spent two periods as a welfare rights officer, one with Bolton Social Services and one with Salford Social Services, both in Greater Manchester, providing training and advice to social workers and CAB employees, and representing clients at Social Security appeal tribunals.
In his late fifties he moved to Suffolk where he became a sheltered housing manager until his retirement. After retirement he returned to nursing, working on acute mental health wards at Ipswich hospital for several years, but with spells on a surgical unit, intensive care ward and casualty department at Bury St Edmunds Hospital in Suffolk until his seventieth birthday when he moved back to Droylsden, Manchester where he lives with his wife and from where he is engaged in writing and research.
During his seventies he has been writing his Ann Perkins Detective Agency series of novels and conducting the research necessary for his series of popular science books.
Richard Underwood has written an eclectic number of books ranging from fiction, software manuals, self-help books, popular science, and biographical. Almost all his books are (or have been) widely available in both paperback and eBook format.