Richard Allen Hurd was born Oct. 19, 1964 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. His early childhood, up to 1975, was spent on a farm outside Belvidere, NJ. In November of 1975, his family moved to Bangor, PA. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1983, and immediatly went into the Navy. Much of his four year career was spent at sea, as a Damage Control Petty Officer, Supply Division. He earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist in 1984. He traveled extensively while in the Navy, and earned his Good Conduct discharge in 1987. For 10 years, he worked a variety of construction jobs all across the USA. In 1997, he went to college to pursue a degree in ministry and music education. He graduated in 2002 with duel bachelor degrees, and has worked in the music and/or ministry field since. For Rich, writing is just a fun hobby. Centaur Chronicles is his fifth book to be published, and the third book in a planned ten book series.