Richard Chase Mears was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1935. Following a lineage of sea captains and plantation owners, he was well schooled in Southern tradition. Tragedy in his early life sent him into seclusion where he sought refuge on the Chesapeake estuaries and particularly on the Patuxent River. Here he acquired a deep knowledge and love for the river, its wildlife and the woodlands. Sensing his pending academic doom, his father sent him to a private boys' school taught by Jesuits in the classic tradition. His restlessness and love of knowledge and adventure tore him from a traditional life in Baltimore. He joined the United States Air Force in Air Force Intelligence which took him around the world. When he settled after three years of experience and adventure he continued his education in writing and journalism at the Pennsylvania State University after which he ventured into New York City and explored the fields of film production and advertising (J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency, a Mad Men experience where he met his future wife) and continued into investment management. In 1974 he became president of his own investment company in San Francisco and has since formed the company Richard C. Mears Inc. for film and novel production. His adventures have evolved into writing fiction: Ebb Of The River, Anubis Rex/ The Jupiter File, St. Nick And The Space Nicks (his first children's book), The Bard Club, Naga Basa and a fourth coming novel series Chardonnay Red/ Carlyle Blues.