In writing (novels, poetry, screenplays), Rich Adams delights in connecting "dots" and posing provocative questions. He also loves the Lord and all things patriotic, West Point, Christmas, and Dickens, as well as traveling the world and talking to diverse groups about his narratives and life experiences.
His first narrative, The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War, has won awards and speaks to the most traumatic period in U.S. history - the American Civil War. The factually-based story is told in flashback from the first major battle of the war (First Bull Run), and the reader experiences history through the lens of West Point and those about to graduate and face each other in combat.
His second narrative, Eben Kruge: How "A Christmas Carol" Came to be Written, is about Charles Dickens and what inspired him to write A Christmas Carol, and is centered on Dickens' first trip to America in 1842 at the age of 30.
On the near horizon, Adams promises three more publications, two narratives and a compilation of poetry.
Sông Bé, a historical fact-based Vietnam flashback story, begins three hours before an evening symphony performance at the Orpheum Theater in present day New Orleans. Richard Foxworth (Fox), a West Point graduate and an internationally renowned architect, is suddenly undone by what his wife discovers in the lining of his old Army field jacket. The find unearths his role as a second lieutenant in the Battle of Sông Bé during the Vietnam Tet Offensive of 1968 – a battle in which he is severely wounded and medevaced to Walter Reed Army Hospital. After six months at Walter Reed, with no recollection of the battle and having the same disturbing dream every night, Fox is transferred to Rollingwood Sanitarium for psychological treatment . . .
"Charlie's Ashes," will be a novella about four present-day WWII veterans (93-101) who learn that a fifth WWII friend has passed. They decide to take a road trip from the "home." The characters are real, are bonafide heroes, and are part of the veterans group, "Crispy Warriors," that Adams breakfasts with most Thursday mornings in Destin, Florida.
"Personal Poetry," is the tentative title Adams has given his life-journey poems, several of which are included on this website.
More about the author
Adams is the first of three brothers to graduate from West Point and a member of the Class of 1967. Six months after graduation, he deployed to Vietnam with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division as the artillery forward observer for D Company of the 1/506th Infantry (of WWII "Band of Brothers" fame), an experience that figures in his writing of Sông Bé. After short tours in Vietnam and flying as an Army Aviator in the Middle East, he resigned his commission, became a registered professional engineer (civil and environmental), and soon formed his own consulting company.
Along the way, he served as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in its graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science, and as an adjunct assistant professor in West Point's Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.
Since selling his company, he has continued to consult as a sole practitioner and invest himself in creative writing. He and his wife have shared time between Sandestin, Florida, and the Vail Valley of Colorado, where he played at being a mountain man and served five years as a Vail Resorts ski instructor.
Whether penning a story, taking a six-year-old grandson to the top of a Colorado "Fourteener," bringing the joy of skiing to three Alabama sisters, or sipping Venice wine, Adams says he has been richly blessed.