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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Frank Moreno, Jr.  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1955 in Sacramento, California


Illinois Connection

I've only lived in Illinois since 2006, but am the author of 11 books, two of which are non-fiction titles devoted to Illinois (Illinois Curiosities and It Happened in Illinois, both published by Globe-Pequot Publishing). I'm working on a third Illinois book for the same publisher, Myths and Mysteries of Illinois. My other books include: A Short History of Carson City, Nevada; Nevada Curiosities, Roadside History of Nevada; and Mysteries and Legends of Nevada. Since 2006, I have served as Director of Student Publications and as a journalism instructor at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Moreno is Director of Student Publications and an instructor in the English and Journalism Department at Western Illinois University. He was publisher of Nevada Magazine for more than 14 years and is the author of 11 books including: Illinois Curiosities; It Happened in Illinois; Endless Nevada; The Roadside History of Nevada; The Nevada Trivia Book; Nevada Curiosities; and Legends and Mysteries of Nevada.Moreno is a former journalism instructor at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno, and former Director of Advertising and Public Relations for the Nevada Commission on Tourism, where he created the successful “Highway 50: The Loneliest Road in America” promotion.In 2007, Moreno was awarded the Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame’s Silver Pen Award, which recognizes mid-career writers who have shown substantial achievement in their work. He resides in Macomb, Illinois, with his wife and daughter.

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-- *Silver Pen, Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, ''For body of work''