Richard L. Sanders

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Richard is the author of the global best-selling Phoenix Conspiracy series. He began publishing in 2011 as a countermeasure to boredom in law school. He graduated from the University of Utah in 2011 in Economics and the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2014 and has practiced law since 2015 as a family law specialist. He prefers family law because, in his words, "family law is one of the few intersections between legal practice and things that actually matter." Richard is an outspoken critic of the legal system for lacking transparency and accountability. In 2019, Richard founded Black Ocean Books, LLC, through which he's announced several new releases slated for 2020. In his free time, Richard loves all things outdoors (all seasons of the year), chess, singing, swimming almost every day, and laughing as much as possible. He loves animals, especially his dog Bentley and cat Mia. More information is available at his company website

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was an easy decision when nobody else was willing to take a chance on me and put me in print. I'm very grateful to be writing at a time where it's possible and not a pipe dream to put my stories to readers directly worldwide.
Is the main character named for anyone in real life?
Yes. Some of the characters are homages to many of my favorite things (such as Pellew is a reference to Horatio Hornblower) and other names are just the result of searching out baby name dictionaries, or the product of random events (Summers was originally Summer but my little brother kept accidentally adding an "s" while reading a portion of a very early demo and I decided I liked that better.)

Calvin is named for Calvin and Hobbes, which is a comic I adored in grade school.
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Where to find Richard L. Sanders online

The Phoenix Requiem
Series: The Phoenix Conspiracy. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 162,310. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2016 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Death. Destruction. Despair. These are the hallmarks of the Dread Fleet. It is an unstoppable force that, when summoned to do so, will scourge the galaxy in a Holy Reckoning. It is up to Queen Kalila Akira, Calvin Cross, and the others to stop it. Meanwhile a dark figure lurks in the shadows whose path must cross Calvin's, it is an intersection that could end in death.
The Phoenix Reckoning
Series: The Phoenix Conspiracy. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 123,820. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2015 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Blackmoth attempts to detonate an isotome weapon near Kalila’s embattled fleet. Raidan threatens harm upon Capital World. Calvin leads his people into Forbidden Space. Rain and Calvin have begun an impractical romance, to Summers's dismay. Tristan demands what was promised. Shen must make a choice. The Dread Fleet’s campaign of death is underway. No one is safe. The Final Reckoning has begun!
The Phoenix Darkness
Series: The Phoenix Conspiracy. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 141,630. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
On a dangerous spy mission, Calvin has been betrayed by an ally. Summers, Blackmoth, and Tristan race to recover the isotome weapons. Raidan has underhanded plans. Kalila and Caerwyn have drawn the entire Empire into brutal civil war. The Rotham seem poised to attack human worlds. And in the vast regions of Forbidden Space the Dread Fleet moves, charged with bringing to pass the Final Darkness.
The Phoenix War
Series: The Phoenix Conspiracy, Book 4. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 130,680. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
The threat of civil war looms over humanity. Summers races to find the isotome weapons, Nimoux is trapped, Shen awakens to a strange new life, and Calvin hunts for the true puppetmaster. Desperate to discover the deepest layer of the conspiracy before it's too late. And in the shadows, Blackmoth brews a storm of chaos, hellbent on subjecting the galaxy to the dark design of his One True God.
The Phoenix Crisis
Series: The Phoenix Conspiracy, Book 3. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 123,830. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
The leaders of the Phoenix Conspiracy are poised to usher in The Hour of Ascension. And it is up to Calvin to expose the conspiracy before the Empire collapses in a firestorm of civil war. The Organization, the Akiras, CERKO, the Advent, the Phoenix Ring... it all comes down to this moment. And the question on everyone's mind is, can the Empire survive? Or will it be lost to the tempest.
The Phoenix Rising
Series: The Phoenix Conspiracy, Book 2. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 109,580. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2012 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.86 from 7 reviews)
As the most serious threat ever facing the galaxy now looms over them, Calvin and his crew continue their mission to expose the dark conspiracy haunting the Empire. Now a fugitive on the run, Calvin has no choice but to work alongside Raidan’s mysterious Organization. And form an alliance with a misfit band of fair-weather friends. Meanwhile ships are vanishing and murders are going unnoticed.
Secrets of Silverwind
Price: Free! Words: 97,350. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2012 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In the scorched remains of a world ripped apart by magic and advanced technology, Caythis must discover the truth behind his own disappearance in order to right the world and atone for his one great mistake. It is a twisted path of deception and betrayal; one that forces him to realize... sometimes the darkest truths are best kept secret.
The Phoenix Conspiracy
Series: The Phoenix Conspiracy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 121,050. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.67 from 15 reviews)
Calvin, an intelligence operative, is sent to eliminate a dangerous traitor. But as he chases his prey across the stars, he realizes they are both pawns in a shadowy chess game that threatens humankind everywhere. If he is to uncover the conspiracy he must confront, and embrace, the darkest elements of the galaxy. And throw himself, his career, and everyone he loves into the line of fire.
Betraying Nexus
Price: Free! Words: 9,920. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011 by Richard L. Sanders. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
Jason works for Nexus, a secret vigilante organization. He’s a Mind Bender and can implant thoughts into the minds of others. He's both a prodigy and a rising star. But when he’s forced to take down an old friend and learns Nexus's darkest secret, he must ask himself what he believes in. And if it’s worth turning against the woman he loves.


The Phoenix Conspiracy
A complex space opera of betrayal, conspiracy, political gamesmanship, war, dangers that threaten billions, poisonous ambition, thick clouds of grey uncertainty, and a charismatic and intrepid crew of young, expertly trained spies to do the impossible and make sense of it all--and save humanity--or die in the effort. Meanwhile the cunning chess-players and their gambits leave you guessing whom to trust and who is manipulating who, all while betrayal and blood mar the stars themselves.
The Phoenix Rising
Price: $8.99 USD.
The Phoenix Crisis
Price: $8.99 USD.
The Phoenix War
Price: $8.99 USD.
The Phoenix Darkness
Price: $8.99 USD.
The Phoenix Reckoning
Price: $8.99 USD.


The Phoenix Legacy Book One
Pre-release—available October 31, 2020. Price: $8.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Even now, on the eve of coronation—as an empire celebrates a beloved prince and weeps for a dying queen—there are increasing whispers of dissent across the Empire. Meanwhile the galaxy is plagued by alteredspace “ghosts” and disappearances of entire crews--including Calvin Cross. Tisha knows only that she will get to the bottom of it, no matter what, and save her brother, before it's too late.

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