by Richard Saunders

Rich Saunders

Author Bio

Richard Saunders was born in Methuen and currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts.

The original idea that grew into this epic novel started very innocently in his childhood. As a nine-year-old fourth grade student, he was more interested in reading comic books than school books. He got an idea that inspired him to draw a simple four-panel comic strip featuring a central character he called Lawrence Howard. His plan was to make "Einstein Reincarnated" into a comic book series.

One day that same year, Saunders read the biography of The Great Impostor by Robert Crichton and watched the movie version starring Tony Curtis.

Saunders was fascinated, maybe even obsessed with the story. He thought that if a kid from his own neighborhood could grow up to be a Great Impostor, then he could too.

Saunders never finished the comic book. As he grew older he changed gears and wrote short stories that advanced his protagonist beyond the comic genre and moved closer to mainstream literature.

He combined the Lawrence Howard fictional stories with his own real-life adventures as an impostor to produce the SecretAgentMan novel. His “schtick” became that he impersonated Mr. Howard on numerous occasions in real-life.

With a technique that he calls “method-writing”, Saunders would write a sub-plot (or scene) for his novel, attempt to act it out in real-life and in real time, and then write about how the escapade turned out.

Over the years, Richard Saunders has successfully impersonated an independent political operative, a scientist, a computer hacker, an undercover police officer, an attorney, a philanthropist and an avenger – among many others.

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