Christopher Richards

Twelve years ago, an author friend of mine asked if I’d like to ghostwrite a business book. I said yes. I didn’t set out to be a business book ghostwriter, but that’s how it happened.

I grew up in an Oxfordshire village in England. After graduating from Winchester Art School I moved to the United States.  As there were no job listings for a degree in fine art and philosophy, I got a sales job. I was bad at it. I got fired. But three days later I found a better sales job. This job allowed me to grow, and I became interim corporate CEO for a San Francisco firm.  Interim doesn’t mean forever, so I started a multimedia business focusing on corporate storytelling.

Since 2005, I’ve specialized in ghostwriting business books for business leaders.

Learning

Three non-professional experiences have helped me bring a fresh perspective to my work as a business book ghostwriter.

First, I was part of a theatrical improvisation group, where I learned to be a creative collaborator.

Second, for five years, I moderated a  weekly Socratic philosophy group. This experience taught me to listen and ask more insightful follow-up questions. And that’s relevant because interviewing is an integral part of the ghostwriter’s job.

Third, I joined Toastmasters, a non-profit organization dedicated to communication and leadership. I’m currently a founder member and president of Warehouse Evening Toastmasters in Oakland, California, where we have a lot of fun, and I continue to hone the art of speech writing and delivery.

When not ghostwriting business books, I’m a constant reader, play frequent club-level badminton, swim, and continue with my 20-year daily meditative practice of qigong. It (almost) keeps me calm.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with Lynnette Rogers, who’s such a good editor that I married her.

If you’d like to know more about me, just ask.