A native of California, who still calls the Golden State home, Richard worked for over a quarter of a century as a writer and photographer for newspapers, magazines and online publications across the United States. 

In 2001 Richard earned a Sports Story First Place Award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He recently returned his attention to his early roots, writing fiction, and has published two short stories (The Invited, Legacy of Death) as well as a full-length science fiction novel (Maelstrom) that are all available as e-book downloads at and at Barnes & Noble's website. 

In 1986, he was the story writer for the comic book series, Seadragon. Examples of his work - both fiction and non-fiction - as well as his photography can be viewed here by following the links on this page. 

Please feel free to contact Richard at: rp (at) richardpaolinelli (dot) com 
MAELSTROM - A full length e-novel  by Richard Paolinelli. 

All photographs and stories on this website are the copyrighted possession of Richard Paolinelli and may not be copied or republished without his written consent.
Dr. Steven Collins has devoted his life to one cause: finding a way to prevent a catastrophic collision between Earth and an asteroid. But when Collins turns on his Earth-saving creation, he rips open a hole in time and space itself that hurls him forward in time, where he discovers to his horror that the device he created has caused the very global Armageddon he was trying to prevent. Collins now must try to undo the damage he has done, but the few surviving members of the human race are slowly dying off and just beyond the shield lurks a madman who seeks to dominate the human race or exterminate it.

Available as an E-Book at Tuscany Bay Publishing or at
Joining The Loiacono Literary Agency 
On February 10, 2014 Richard signed up with the Loiacono Literary Agency. He is looking forward to working with LLA who will be representing his 72k-word mystery-thriller, Reservations.  It is the first of a four-book series. 
Richard's first three e-books, Maelstrom, The Invited and Legacy of Death, are now being published by Tuscany Bay Publishing.  A 200-page special tribute section on the history of the Space Shuttle program, which Richard edited, is also available for purchase there
Richard's E-Books Now At Tuscany Bay Publishing
Book Trailer For Maelstrom Released 
Many thanks to creative artist Jeramy Gibson for putting this together. If you are looking for someone to put together a fabtastic trailer for your work, I highly recommend you drop him a line at  The trailer, at left,  can also be found and viewed in a little bigger screen at YouTube here.
Sports History Project Set For Fall 2015 Release
From Dry Lake's Fields: A History Of High School Football In Turlock, California is a full examination of nearly a century of prep football played in Turlock, California.

A native of Turlock, and a former Sports Editor of the Turlock Journal, Richard Paolinelli has spent over a year gathering photos and information for this non-fiction project. He has also been interviewing former coaches and players in his quest to preserve and present this portion of his home town's history.

Click here for updates on the project or, if you have any photos or information you would like to share, please click here to e-mail Richard.