Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey

The United States



aka Richard Yancey

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.

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1. When I was little, my favorite book was "Are You My Mother?" Around the same time, my parents told me I was adopted. The seeds of angst were planted early.

2. I have food enthusiasms. For two solid months, I'll eat Oreos every night (about 8) with a tall glass of milk. Then I won't eat another Oreo for six months. One month it may be Pop Tarts, the next, chocolate ice cream.

3. I obsessively...

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October 2009, Rick Yancey
" What Readers want to know... SS: How would you describe perfect happiness? RY: A long walk on a deserted beach, at sunset, with my life's companion by my side. SS: What’s your greatest fear? RY: That for our children's sakes we will lack the foresigh..." ...More

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“But if I'm it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I'm going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“Some things you can never leave behind. They don't belong to the past. They belong to you.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”
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