Rick Lacey, Author/Ghostwriter

Rick Lacey is the proud author of five novels including A Fan of Death and Shakespeare which has an official release date coming on August 12, 2018.

Rick’s philosophy of life was set when his father's early death brought the revelation that men in his family die young. That sent him off to cram a lifetime into too few years. Instead, he’s enjoyed a long life, pursued several careers, and accumulated multiple lifetimes of experience. When he sits down to write, he draws on a wealth of real-life events and interactions.

He was born in Pennsylvania and spent his first years in an Allegheny-mountain coal town. The family escaped to San Francisco before settling in a suburb of Cleveland where Rick benefited from a middle-class upbringing and old-fashioned family values. He earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Cleveland State University.

He worked twelve years at the Lincoln Electric Company in the infamous Lincoln Incentive System. He spent eight years at BP America where he worked his way up to Senior Financial Analyst. After accepting a buyout during a corporate downsizing, he relocated to Florida and speculated in real estate before rejoining the workforce as Controller of the Sundial Beach & Golf Resort and the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel Island. In an effort to give back, he finished his working career as a Financial Adviser and Accountant for Love A Child, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to housing, clothing, and educating poor children.

Rick spent two years (1998 to 2000) in an RV visiting every state and traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Arctic Circle to the Tropic of Cancer. While there are still a lot of countries on his bucket list, he continues to check them off.

Intertwined in that life he invested in the financial markets, traded bond futures and index options, and counted cards at Blackjack tables. He was the fool who acts as his own lawyer, even winning a case in Ohio's Court of Appeals and beating the IRS in tax court. He climbed mountains and glaciers and explored deserts, caves, and rain forests. He rode in a hot air balloon, bungee jumped, hang glided, shot rapids, skied, sky dived, and scuba dived. He dined in exclusive restaurants and dirt-floor cantinas. He worked on a shrimp boat and witnessed a murder. He slept in the fanciest hotels and camped under the stars. He got into bar fights, was pepper sprayed, and spent nights in jail. He met up with rattlesnake and grizzly bear, ran from a moose, and spent a night against a redwood in big-foot country. He admired nature's wonders from her most beautiful creations to her most savage devastation. He enjoyed desert sex and Arctic Circle sex, palace sex and trailer-park sex. He soaked in desert hot springs and swam in mountain lakes. He went to Roswell and Area 51 and watched a Space Shuttle blast off. He waded the Rio Grande and cruised Prince William Sound. He hitchhiked across the country and flew across oceans. He caught King Salmon and watched Humpback whales. He was chased by Indian braves and panhandled by Indian alcoholics. He hit a golf ball further than Tiger Woods and saw more of America than John Muir.

As important as education, career, and travel are to a novelist’s arsenal are interactions with people. Rick's been privileged to meet some incredible characters and to have loved, lost, and loved again. From the murderer to the philanthropist, the Nobel scholar to the Hopi elder, billionaire to bag lady, executive to limo driver, Aztec stud to Korean lesbian, librarian to stripper, rock star to groupie, laid-back Jamaican to proper English Lord, politician to priest, whore to nun, lunatic boss to perfectionist golf pro, the cowboy just wanting a bourbon and a hot meal to the Chairman of the Board bent on ruling the world he learned something from them all.

Though hardly the sort of life of which biographies are demanded, it is the best preparation for a novelist or ghostwriter seeking to bring realism to his stories. To paraphrase a great many of our most admired authors, . . . he lived it, he writes it.

Rick Lacey   Author/Ghostwriter


Rick has a love/hate relationship with his writing.  He finds it impossible to strike an acceptable balance.  When he’s writing, it’s all he wants to do.  As a consequence, he avoids it.  Still, it seems every few years a project comes along that he just can’t pass up.  Whether it’s a novel under his own name or a ghostwriting project for which he’ll never be recognized doesn’t matter.  He treats both with the same enthusiasm and dedication to perfection.  In either case, he considers it a year well spent.

Because Rick has five novels under his own name, it’s easy for anyone seeking a ghostwriter to view the quality of his work.  He will never reveal his involvement in any ghostwriting project including your project.  Therefore, you will decide based on his own novels and your interviews with him.

Generally, he will charge a dollar for every two words.  A full-length 160,000-word novel will cost $80,000.  There’s plenty of room for adjustment and negotiation depending mainly on the type of work you have in mind.  If you have nothing more than an idea and wish Rick to do the rest, the price is firm.  If you want him to write your personal memoir in your voice based on interviews with you and tape recordings you’ll make, the price could be as low as $20,000 since you will do much of the work and the word count will be much less.  Between those two extremes, a negotiated price will present itself.

If you want a professional editor, submit a 10-page excerpt for evaluation.  If Rick is willing to take the project, he charges $0.03 per word for a complete and thorough edit including developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading.  If not, he will give you his reason and his recommendation.

If he takes your project, you will be guaranteed perfection.  Even after the final payment is made, Rick will work with you until you are completely satisfied in every respect.  Please follow the guidelines on his CONTACT page.