Christopher Richards

Christopher Richards, business book ghostwriter at Christopher Richards Ink
Christopher Richards, business book ghostwriter at Christopher Richards Ink

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. Yet that’s how it happened. I’ve been ghostwriting ever since.

I grew up near Oxford 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. At first, I was bad at it. I got fired. But three days later I found a better sales job in San Francisco. This job allowed me to grow, and after a while, I became interim corporate CEO.  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

I continue to learn about business (and life) from my clients. And most say they have learned something of value from me. Each book I’ve written has been a learning experience. Yet, three non-professional experiences continue to bring a fresh perspective to my work.

  1. I’m currently a founder member and president of Warehouse Evening Toastmasters in Oakland, California, a non-profit organization dedicated to communication and leadership. Our group has a lot of fun practicing the art of speech writing and delivery.
  2. I’ve benefited from being part of a theatrical improvisation group. “Improv” teaches you to think on your feet.
  3. Over a period of five years I moderated a weekly Socratic philosophy group. This was enormous fun, and boosted my critical-thinking skills. I learned to listen and ask more insightful follow-up questions. And that’s relevant because interviewing is an integral part of the ghostwriter’s job. I believe that asking the right questions— and listening to the responses— just might be the secret of life.

I’m a constant reader. When not reading or writing, I’m on the badminton court, swimming laps, or practicing my 20-year daily meditative practice of qigong.

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.