Interview with Rick L. Phillips

What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly mysteries and a few comic books. I grew up reading them and that made me want to be a writer.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually read print but when I e-read I down load the books from Amazon on my laptop through the Kindle app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media with Facebook and Twitter and my blog at
When did you first start writing?
I have written almost my whole life but it was about 15 years ago I got into publishing for myself. A small publisher had my first book but nothing happened there. I got the publishing rights back from them and have self published ever since. I am working on a mystery and I plan to try and get another publisher for that book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book that I just put on Smashwords is really not my latest. It's the first book that I wrote and that came from when I was a kid with my cousins and we were all trying to out do each other by telling each other stories. I had a small toy elf, whom I call Dinky" and the story in the book is built around him.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't have much luck with my first publisher so I decided to try it myself. I haven't gotten rich but it has made me more money this way.
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot. I love it when people tell me they like my stories and some have said I am their favorite author.
What are you working on next?
A mystery set in 1976 in the USA on the 4th of July. An ex-con backs out of a bank robbery but someone is killed in the robbery. He is the only one the police can connect to it. Now he has to find the real killer before the police arrest him for the murder that he didn't commit.
Who are your favorite authors?
Troy Soos, John Grisham, Ron Goulart, Stan Lee, Clive Cussler, Mark Waid and too many more to name here.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and watching TV.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was when I was a kid. It too was a mystery about a haunted camping tent.
Published 2014-12-13.
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Books by This Author

Last Train to Murder and Other Stories
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 41,130. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Stories about Davy Jones and the Monkees to help raise money for the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund. In Last Train to Murder the Monkees help find a killer to clear Peter Tork. In story The Old Grey Mare they help a boy keep his horse. In A Quiet Drive in the Country Davy battles car thieves. In Mama's Boys Davy and Bruce Lee become government agents.
The Walk
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Two old schoolmates meet while on a walk home. A surprise is waiting for one of them at the end of...the walk.
Dinky the Elf
Price: $1.20 USD. Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
Dinky is one of Santa's elves at the North Pole. This is a delightful Christmas story for children of all ages. Dinky turns a bad situation into something good when he finds a way to turn his handicap into an asset. You can learn how he finds a way to help Santa Claus and all the children of the world.