Rick Garman grew up in Iowa and although he appreciated his solid Midwestern upbringing, he moved to Los Angeles as soon as he was old enough to be sure that his parents couldn’t send a sheriff to bring him back. He studied theater at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, but soon realized that acting was not his passion. Writing was.
He made his writing debut with a stage production “17 Days,” which was produced at The Colony Theater in Los Angeles and played in in small theaters around the country. The work received strong critical praise and several DramaLogue Awards.
A few years later, his second play “Mountains” debuted at The Colony. It went on to win the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater Production.
He transitioned into travel writing, authoring more than a dozen guide books about Las Vegas including Frommer’s, Las Vegas for Dummies, and Moon Handbooks.
Rick has published three novels including “Interitas Volume 1: The Beginning of Sorrows” and “Interitas Volume 2: False Prophets,” the first two books in a proposed seven book YA series, and “Jake Davenport PI: The Case of the Missing Cha Cha Heel,” a comedic mystery.
For television, he has written, co-written, developed the story, and/or acted as executive producer on many movies including:
- Love, Romance and Chocolate starring Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp aired February 2019 on Hallmark Channel
- Valentine in the Vineyard starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny aired February 2019 on Hallmark Channel
- A Shoe Addict’s Christmas starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, and Jean Smart aired November 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Welcome to Christmas starring Eric Mabius and Jennifer Finnigan aired December 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Christmas at the Palace starring Merritt Patterson and Andrew Cooper aired November 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Christmas at Pemberley Manor starring Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady aired October 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Love on Safari starring Lacey Chabert and Jon Cor aired July 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- The Perfect Bride Wedding Bells starring Pascale Hutton and Kavan J. Smith aired June 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Frozen in Love starring Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That; Perception) and Niall Matter (Eureka; When Calls the Heart), aired January 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- A Royal New Year’s Eve starring Jessy Schram (Once Upon a Time; Nashville), Sam Page (House of Cards; The Bold Type), and Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels; American Crime Story) aired December 2017 on Hallmark Channel
- Christmas in Evergreen starring Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show; How I Met Your Mother) and Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex; The Flash), aired December 2017 on Hallmark Channel
- Enchanted Christmas starring Alexa and Carlos Penavega, aired November 2017 on Hallmark Channel
- Once Upon a Date starring Dean Geyer (Glee) and Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), aired 2017 on PixL TV
- Same Time Next Week starring Jewel Staite (Firefly) and Travis Milne (Rookie Blue), aired August 2017 on PixL TV
- Bad Date Chronicles starring Merritt Patterson (Royals, Ravenswood) and Justin Kelly (Degrassi: The Next Generation), aired July 2017 on PixL TV
- The Perfect Bride starring Pascale Hutton and Kavan J. Smith (When Calls the Heart) , aired June 2017 on Hallmark Channel – was the number one rated movie of the week, the number one program of the day, and drove Hallmark Channel to be the number one network in prime time
- The Sound of Christmas starring Lindy Booth (The Librarians) and Robin Dunne (Sanctuary), aired December 2016 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – was the most watched original premiere ever among Women 25-54 and Adults 25-54
- Christmas in Homestead starring Taylor Cole (The Originals) and Michael Rady (Jane the Virgin), airied November 2016 (Thanksgiving night) The Hallmark Channel – was the the highest-rated and most-watched ad-supported cable program of the day
- Late Bloomer starring Italia Ricci (Chasing Life, Designated Survivor) and Nathan Parsons (True Blood), aired August 2016 on PixL TV
He is working on many more television movies for Hallmark Channel and will debut a new mystery movie series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in 2019 or 2020. The third novel in the Interitas series entitled “Unequaled” will debut in 2019.
Rick enjoys taking road trips to see colorful bits of Americana and counts Savannah, Georgia as his favorite city in the world. In his spare time you’ll probably find him on the couch binge-watching TV.