"If you like politics, you'll like my books."
"But if you don't like politics, I kill politicians."
Rick, one of the funniest people I have ever met, draws on his decades as a political insider in Washington and Kentucky, and writes gripping novels that entertain. Keen writes books that draw on his expertise in education and life.
When “Manifest Destiny” came out, my review in the Huffington Post said that “‘Manifest Destiny’ is where ‘The West Wing’ meets ‘The Bourne Identity.’”
What separates Rick from other authors is his enthusiasm and work ethic. He will go anywhere, anytime, to do a book signing. He has built up a strong and growing audience.
As the people who promoted New Coke, the Edsel, or Pets.com can tell you, a great marketing campaign is useless unless you have a great product.
Rick can really write. He’s winning awards right and left. Although critical success does not always lead to commercial success, (e.g., KISS has never won a Grammy but has sold more records than many who have), Rick has both going for him.
His attitude reminds me of the wisdom of Thomas More in the movie, “A Man For All Seasons.”
More encouraged one of his political assistants to become a teacher. The assistant said, “Who would know me if I were a teacher?” More replied, “You would know, your students would know, and God would know. Not a bad audience.”
That is not a bad audience either.
I’ve been friends with Rick and Keen for more than 30 years. I knew them before they ever thought about writing a book. I’ve read most, if not all, of their books along the way.
In the way that Rick is capturing commercial and critical success and Keen is impacting the education profession, both have one thing in common:
They have “hit it big” as authors.