About Richard

Richard L. Fricks is the author of eleven novels, all set in his hometown of Boaz, Alabama.

After graduating in 1976 from Auburn University with a degree in accounting, Richard worked for the international firm of Ernst & Ernst (now, Ernst & Young). In 1980, he started his own CPA firm, and managed the practice until 1993, when he and his family moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia for Richard to attend graduate school.

After earning a Master’s in Public Policy and a J.D. in law, Richard passed the Alabama bar and opened his own practice in 1997. From the beginning, he preferred criminal defense work, and by 2002, ninety percent of his time was spent defending those charged with serious felonies, including capital murder.
Although Richard discovered a strong interest in fiction writing while in law school, it wasn’t until 2015 that he wrote God and Girl, his first novel. Since then, he’s written ten more, with the twelfth in the works.

Besides novel-writing, Richard manages The Pencil Driven Life website, including the Write to Life blog, and provides book coaching services to the beginning novelist.

Richard says, “I’ve always liked a challenge. Fiction writing is the biggest so far.”