Terry Richardson was born in Sydney in June 1955. He spent his early childhood in the New South Wales outback, including the tiny towns of Hungerford and Ford's Bridge. His formative years were spent in Brewarrina, before leaving school at the end of 1970. After a brief career with the then Post Master General's Department, Terry followed the example of numerous country boys before him, and boarded the slow ?mixed' train from Brewarrina to start a new life in Sydney. His total possessions amounted to one small suitcase, a sleeping bag and his prized electric guitar. In the city he tried several occupations, including training as a motor mechanic, a short railway career, truck driver and even a two-year stint in policing as a Constable, before joining NSW Fire/Rescue in 1982. He retired as a Fire/Rescue Officer in 2011.
Both at school and work Terry enjoyed writing, using his vivid imagination and wide-ranging life experiences as backgrounds for the plots.
The game of Rugby League is usually featured in his novels, as Terry and his family are avid fans. Country railways are another favourite subject which usually rate a mention in any Terry Richardson novel.
Terry met Linda soon after arriving in Sydney in 1971. They were married in 1975 and have three adult children and eleven grandchildren.
They now reside in the Riverina district of New South Wales.