Rick Homan writes the series of murder mysteries featuring Nicole Tang Noonan, an art historian from San Francisco, who gets her first teaching job at a small college in rural Ohio.
Rick’s own life has gone in the opposite direction: he grew up in Ohio and wound up in San Francisco, where he is a member of the writing community at The Mechanics Institute Library. He organized the Wednesday Mystery Writers, which meets there. He also belongs to the Northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime and is a Guppy.
Prior to taking up the craft of crime fiction, Rick performed as an actor and guitarist. In San Francisco, he worked with several companies that produce new plays. In Philadelphia, he performed with the Hedgerow Theater, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and the Arden Theater.
He spent most of his thirty-year academic career at Rider University, teaching classes in acting and theater history, directing plays, and publishing scholarly articles. Among other things, he discovered that the now universally recognized character, Dracula, was more the creation of Hollywood screenwriter John Balderston than anyone else. He also taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, The University of the South, and Warren Wilson College.
He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame and MA and PhD degrees in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. While a graduate student, he reviewed plays for the Minnesota Daily.