Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rick Yancey

This post is dedicated to lucky pen names or names. It gets the Ian Ludlow award. In short, I have never read this writer's work. He just has a last name that ends with Y. I am sure after I finish this blog, good writers I know will pop up. But for now, I'll have to bandy about the name of Rick Yancey.

Rick Yancey stood out to me in that he wrote the screenplay for "The Fifth Wave". They did a great deal of filming in Macon, Georgia which is near me. One night during filming, there was such an explosion that it damaged buildings.

Local new's story

Local new's pictures

I looked over Rick Yancey's website. It is slick and polished much like Lee Goldberg who used the pen name for a book he wrote and published when he was nineteen. The pen name was chosen because it was likely to have the book placed next to Robert Ludlum and would hopefully capture some of Ludlum's audience.

Rick Yancey worked for the IRS which would probably have a certain amount of intrigue for the observant. He is a writer to be jealous of. He wrote a screenplay and was so successful, he quit his job to write full-time.

He certainly seems to be all that and a bag of chips. If you are looking for a good read, which is improbable in that you are reading a blogs, do check his books out. They do look like a good read.

Now, let's move on to Z. Yippee!
What downtown Macon looks like.


  1. Choosing a pen name based on shelf placement next to another author is something I've not considered. An interesting approach! Gotta love those who achieve enough success to write full time.
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

  2. Be sooooooo nice to quit the day job and write full time. That was a neat trick, using a pen name that would get them close to a big name author. Smart idea indeed.

  3. Not an author I know. Thanks for the introduction.


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