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About Rick Pullen
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, magazine editor and novelist who lives in Virginia. 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 spent most of his career in Washington, D.C.
Rick is an ardent Parrothead. He likes nothing more than a cold beer, sunshine, sand between his toes and a great Padron 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; concerned 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 found his calling and his mother could breath easier knowing her son would hit the streets with a press pass rather than a tin cup.
He built a career as a hard-charging 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. In all, he has won nearly 100 awards during his career for his reporting, editing and magazine design.
He started writing fiction in 2011. NAKED AMBITION, published in MAY 2016, was the first in his "Naked City Series" of thrillers and immediately became a bestseller. NAKED TRUTH, a sequel, was released in SEPTEMBER 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.
HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON HIS FOURTH NOVEL.
Rick is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, The Author's Guild, the Southwest Florida Press Club, and the National Press Club, where he can still be found on occasion at the bar downing an Amstel Light or something stronger.
For more information visit rickpullen.com.