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Richard Parker was born in 1971.  He lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his two daughters, Sophie and Harriet. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Master of Philosophy (Honours).  For the first eleven years of his career he worked firstly as a litigation lawyer at one of New Zealand's leading law firms and then as a corporate lawyer at New Zealand's largest company by market cap. He has since worked as an employment lawyer and in human resources at two of New Zealand's leading companies in the telecommunications and media sectors.

Before writing Keep Your Enemies Closer and First Edition he wrote a manuscript called Don't Tell My Mother.  It was a romantic comedy set in London and in 2003 it was optioned by Hollywood film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).  A screenplay was written but when MGM was purchased by Sony in late 2004 the option was not renewed.  Click here to read the full article from Hollywood Reporter
He is currently working on a new novel.
Nov. 24, 2003 - Hollywood Reporter

'Mother' joins MGM's family

MGM has picked up Richard Parker's manuscript "Don't Tell My Mother" for studio-based producer Jennifer Klein, who recently signed a first-look deal with the studio. The project, brought into the studio by MGM creative executive Pete Chiarelli, centers on an acclaimed magazine editor who is forced to work for the third-rate porn mag Thruster. He then must find a way to turn the magazine around in order to save his career but in the process keep the scandalous career a secret from his family and the woman of his dreams. Klein will produce through her Apartment 3B Prods. MGM executive vp production Elizabeth Ingold is overseeing for the studio along with Chiarelli. Parker's deal was brokered by agent Scott Miller at the Trident Media Group. Before her MGM-based production company, Klein was co-president of Mutual Film Co. "Mother" marks the first project for Klein to produce for MGM under her 3B banner. (Chris Gardner)
April 30, 2004 - Hollywood Reporter
Kondell adapting MGM's 'Mother'

Kate Kondell, who penned the screenplay for "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," has signed on to adapt "Don't Tell My Mother" for Jennifer Klein's MGM-based Apartment 3B Prods.