Pictured (L to R) bestselling thriller authors Steve Berry, Tess Gerritsen, David Corbett, Lee Child, John Gilstrap, David Morrell and Meg Gardiner cast a discerning eye on NAKED AMBITION.
Rick Pullen is an award-winning investigative reporter and magazine editor who lives in Fredericksburg, Va. He is a member of the FOLIO 100, the 100 most influential people in magazine publishing. He was a finalist for EDITOR OF THE YEAR in 2015 and has spent most of his career in Washington, D.C.
Rick is a long-time member of the National Press Club and an ardent Parrothead. He likes nothing more than a cold beer, sunshine, sand between his toes and a great cigar.
When he was a kid, Rick wanted to be Perry Mason. He carried the dream to the University of Richmond where he quickly learned clients of defense lawyers weren’t always innocent and lawyers didn’t always win their cases. At about that time, on a whim, he took a journalism course and fell in love. He transferred in the middle of his sophomore year to The University of Tennessee, which had a more comprehensive journalism program. (His mother was apoplectic at the time, worried her son would become a college dropout.)
But there in Big Orange Country, he discovered investigative reporting. It was the era of Watergate and he was hooked. Who needed the law, he figured, when an investigative reporter could be judge, jury and prosecutor? He had found his calling and his mother could breath easier knowing her son would hit the streets with a press pass instead of a tin cup.
He built a career as a hard-charging newspaper investigative reporter. Later, his creative side called and he became a magazine editor. He loves layout and design and molding a good story. He has started two award-winning magazines and edited a third.
He starting writing fiction in 2011. NAKED AMBITION, published in 2016, was the first in his "Naked City Series" of thrillers. NAKED TRUTH, a sequel about the murder of a supreme court justice, will be released in 2018.
Volume one of THE APPRENTICE, a fast-paced serial about a rookie reporter thrust into the Washington political nightmare, was released in December 2017.