Richard Paolinelli

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Richard Paolinelli
BornRichard Paolinelli
(1964-04-02) April 2, 1964 (age 58)
Turlock, California, U.S.
ResidenceOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.

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Richard Paolinelli (born April 2, 1964..[1]) is an American author and former sports journalist. He is best known for his 2017 Dragon Award-nominated science fiction novel, Escaping Infinity [2], and his Jack Del Rio political-thriller series. He has written multiple novels and short-stories across several genres. He has also authored two non-fiction historical sports books. He was a newspaper writer from 1983 through 2011 and currently hosts an online show about authors, A Scribe’s Journey [3], and comments on a variety of subjects on his blog, A Scribe For All Seasons [4].

Early life and early career[edit]

Paolinelli was born in Turlock, California. His father’s drilling business had his family moving all across the western United States [5]. He is of Italian descent. He started writing as a freelancer in 1983 for local and regional publications in West Texas [6]. In 1985 he joined Elite Comics as the lead writer for Seadragon and is credited as the story writer in the first two issues [7]. He continued to work as a freelance writer and photographer through 1991 [8].

Paolinelli started his newspaper career in 1991 with the Gallup (NM) Independent [9]before going to the Modesto (CA) Bee [10], Gustine (CA) Press-Standard [11], Turlock (CA) Journal – where he won the 2001 Best Sports Story, in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest [12]. He then moved to the Merced (CA) Sun-Star [13], Tracy (CA) Press [14], Patch [15] and finished his career in 2011 with the San Francisco (CA) Examiner [16]. In 2007 he covered the U.S. Womens National Hockey Championships in San Jose, CA for Red Line Editorial [17], [18], [19], [20], [21], [22].



  • 1991-94: Sportswriter – Gallup Independent (NM);
  • 1994-97: Sportswriter – Modesto Bee (CA);
  • 1997: Sportswriter – Gustine Press-Standard (CA);
  • 2000-01: Sportswriter/Sports Editor – Turlock Journal (CA);
  • 2001-03: Sportswriter/Sports Editor – Merced Sun-Star (CA);
  • 2005-06: Sports Editor – Merced Sun-Star (CA);
  • 2006: Sports Editor – Tracy Press (CA);
  • 2010-11: Sports writer/photographer – Patch (Bay Area CA);
  • 2010-11: Sports writer/photographer – San Francisco Examiner (CA)


After retiring from newspaper writing, Paolinelli began writing fiction again [23], and started researching for his two historical sports non-fiction books.


Paolinelli released his first science fiction novel, Maelstrom [24], and launched his own publishing house, Tuscany Bay Publishing, which is now known as Tuscany Bay Books [25].


Paolinelli published his first non-fiction book, From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California [26], [27]. He also signed with Oak Tree Press which released his first mystery-thriller of the Jack Del Rio series, Reservations [28].


The second book of the Del Rio series, Betrayals [29], was originally slated to be published by Oak Tree Press but the Publisher relinquished rights to the series and W&B Books picked up the series. Paolinelli also appeared in two Sherlock Holmes anthologies released by Belanger Books. His first story, A Lesson in Mercy, appeared in Beyond Watson: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology of Stories Not Told by Dr. John H. Watson [30]. His second, The Woman Returns, appeared in Holmes Away From Home, Adventures From the Great Hiatus Volume II: 1893-1894 [31]. He then released his second sports non-fiction book, Perfection’s Arbiter: The Babe Pinelli Story [32]


Paolinelli released Escaping Infinity in January[33]. Shortly after, he reacquired the full rights to the Del Rio series from W&B Books and severed ties with the Loiacano Literary Agency, who had represented him since 2015. He released the third book of the Del Rio series, Endgames [34], and closed out the year by releasing, A Zombie Christmas Carol [35], a satirical parody aimed at certain online trolls he had been sparring with. He had one short story, The Misplaced Mystery Writer, that appeared in the Belanger Books anthology, Sherlock Holmes Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells [36]


Paolinelli launched two new series in 2018. The first, When The Gods Fell [37], is the first installment of the Lost Civilizations series, and the second, The Timeless [38], opens the six-novella Timeless series. He then teamed up with western author, Jim Christina, to publish, The Last Lonely Trail [39]. He also appeared in three anthologies. In Secret Stairs: Tribute To Urban Legend [40], he wrote Nothing Ever Happens Here, which led off the anthology published by Silver Empire. He appeared in two Superversive Press anthologies, Planetary Anthology: Earth [41], with his story, Extinction Point, and in To Be Men [42] with his story, The Last Hunt.

Online writing, Radio show and podcast hosting[edit]

  • Paolinelli began writing on a semi-regular basis on his blog, A Scribe For All Seasons [43], in 2018.
  • He was a co-host for the weekly LA Talk Radio show, The Writer’s Block [44], with Jim Christina and Bobbi Jean Bell for a four-month period in 2018.
  • In 2019 he launched his own video podcast, A Scribe’s Journey [45], with an audio simulcast that is available on iHeartRadio [46], iTunes and other platforms.

Personal life[edit]

Paolinelli currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife, Cheryl. They relocated to the Cornhusker state in 2018 from California.[47]



  • Maelstrom (2014)
  • Reservations (2015)
  • Betrayals (2016)
  • Escaping Infinity (2017)
  • Endgames (2017)
  • When The Gods Fell (2018)
  • The Last Lonely Trail (2018) - co-written with Jim Christina


  • A Zombie Christmas Carol (2017)
  • The Timeless (2018)

Non-fiction books[edit]

  • From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California (2015)
  • Perfection’s Arbiter: The Babe Pinelli Story (2016)


  • A Lesson in Mercy - Beyond Watson: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology of Stories Not Told by Dr. John H. Watson (Belanger Books) (2016)
  • The Woman Returns - Holmes Away From Home, Adventures From the Great Hiatus Volume II: 1893-1894 (Belanger Books) (2016)
  • The Misplaced Mystery Writer – Sherlock Holmes Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells (Belanger Books) (2017)
  • Nothing Ever Happens Here - Secret Stairs: Tribute To Urban Legend (Silver Empire) (2018)
  • Extinction Point - Planetary Anthology: Earth (Superversive Press) (2018)
  • The Last Hunt - To Be Men (Superversive Press) (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association – Best Sports Story (Boxer Hears Ring’s Siren Call)[48]
  • 2017 Dragon Awards – Finalist, Best Sci-Fi Novel (Escaping Infinity)[49]
  • 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards – Honorable Mention (Escaping Infinity)[50]
  • 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards – Official Selection (Escaping Infinity)[51]
  • 2017 ETWG Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest – Second Place (Escaping Infinity)[52]


Official website[edit]

2017 Dragon Awards – Best Sci-Fi Novel Finalist[edit]

2017 Readers Favorite – Honorable Mention[edit]

Comic Books[edit]

2007 U.S. Womens Hockey National Championships[edit]

2010-11 Patch stories[edit]

2010-11 S.F. Examiner stories[edit]

From The Fields[edit]


Radio/Online Shows[edit]


External Links[edit]

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  1. Twitter profile [1]
  2. 2017 Dragon Awards List of Dragon Award Nominees
  3. A Scribe's Journey [2]
  4. Blog [3]
  5. Mysterical-E Interview. [4]
  6. Career [5]
  7. Comic Book database. [6]
  8. Career [7]
  9. Career [8]
  10. Career [9]
  11. Career [10]
  12. Career [11]
  13. Career [12]
  14. Career [13]
  15. Patch stories. [14]
  16. Examiner stories. [15]
  17. 2007 Women's Championships. [16]
  18. [17]
  19. [18]
  20. [19]
  21. [20]
  22. [21]
  23. Post-Newspaper Career. [22]
  24. Maelstrom [23]
  25. Tuscany Bay Books [24]
  26. From The Fields [25]
  27. Former Sports Editor Chronicles History of Football in Turlock, Turlock Journal, Aug. 21, 2015 [26]
  28. Reservations [27]
  29. Betrayals [28]
  30. Beyond Watson [29]
  31. Holmes Away From Home [30]
  32. Perfection's Arbiter [31]
  33. Escaping Infinity [32]
  34. Endgames [33]
  35. Divine Trolls Comedies [34]
  36. Holmes/Wells [35]
  37. Lost Civilizations [36]
  38. Timeless [37]
  39. Western Novel [38]
  40. Secret Stairs [39]
  41. Planetary Earth [40]
  42. To Be Men [41]
  43. Blog []
  44. The Writer's Block [42]
  45. A Scribe's Journey [43]
  46. Audio Podcast [44]
  47. Nebraska residence [45]
  48. Awards [46]
  49. Awards [47]
  50. Awards [48]
  51. Awards [49]
  52. Awards [50]

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