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Rico Austin

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States


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Rico Austin – Mi Vida Loca

Born and raised in Southwestern Idaho, Rico is the oldest of five boys, growing up in an area that was ripe for several adventures for him, his four younger brothers and numerous cousins.

Rico grew up near farmland that produced potatoes, hay, hops, grain and corn. There were several fruit orchards and vineyards in the Snake River Valley as well, due to the extraordinary fertile soil.

A couple of years out of high school he moved to (the big city) of Boise and enrolled at Boise State University as a student and walk-on football player. However, he could not escape the allure of traveling the world and began writing and storing his experiences in hopes of someday becoming a novelist and writer. He began by reading every chance he had. From contemporary novels to classical literature, Rico’s love of storytelling was uncontrollable. He appeared occasionally at Boise’s former Comedy Club as a “Stand Up Comedian,” retelling his stories of growing up in a comedic fashion.

Rico earned an Associate Degree in Marketing and Sales from BSU. After a few years of low level management positions, Rico moved to Hawaii for a short time, surfing the waters of Kauai and enjoying the outdoors. He then moved toSouthern to Idaho. In 1991, Rico moved to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and continued his education receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business at Grand Canyon University and received “Outstanding International
Business Graduate of 1995.” That same year he was also selected as “Mr. Future Business Executive” at the State Leadership Conference which included all universities in the State of Arizona.

The summer before graduating Rico went to Vilnius, Lithuania and taught English (ESL). During fall semester of his senior year at GCU, Rico attended Staffordshire
University in England where he also started on the American Football Team for the Staffordshire Stallions. Rico finished his Masters, an MBA in International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on
the Latin American Region and the Spanish language. He did this while working full time as a feature writer and freelance journalist at the T-Bird school paper, “DAS TOR.” A few of his articles at “DAS TOR” were written in Spanish
by Rico, specially written for the foreign students of Latin America.

Former Vice President Dan Quayle served as an “Invited Interim Professor” by the Thunderbird School President, Dr. Roy Herberger for 2 semesters and Rico was fortunate enough to be one of 16 students selected to attend his class.
*Special note, Rico received an “A” from the VP for the 2credit elective class. Was it because of Rico’s performance on studies or VP Quayle was afraid of what Mr. Austin might write in the paper?

Hollywood has even had an encounter with Rico. For those of you who watched Baywatch with the beautiful Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, Mr. Rico Austin did a cameo appearance in the episode, “Night of the Dolphin” in 1997, where he played the role of a drug lord on a huge yacht with sexy chicks. He and his graduate classmates watched the aired episode in the “old clock tower hanger,” together in the TV lounge. He was invited back for another episode by Casting Director Susie Glickman, but had to decline due to a conflict with finals at Thunderbird. Rico chose education over stardom, when questioned why,
he responded, “No one can ever take your education away. Everything else can come and go and, most likely will.”

Rico also acted in a commercial for the local market in Boise, ID as a construction worker in “That old House,” sponsored by BMC West.

Rico is an avid fisherman and has traveled far and wide to cast his line into many waters; including streams, lakes, ponds, rivers, seas and oceans. He has worked for a few international companies as both a sales manager and a marketing manager. In his spare time he has worked as a Land Developer and was a Licensed
Realtor in Arizona. Should you decide to visit Arizona, Rico would be more than happy to show you around his Great State of Arizona through his Children’s book, “ARIZONA Is Where I Live.”

Rico is happily married to a graphic artist from Minnesota with a prominent company. They make their homes in the “Land of the Sun,” Scottsdale, Arizona and San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. He and his wife Connie enjoy snorkeling, hiking, hanging by their swimming pool and traveling to the different beaches of Mexico while sipping on a cold cerveza or margarita blended with Rico’s favorite TEQUILA.

Rico Austin first began writing seriously as a seventh grader at age 13. He was elected as reporter for the “Eager Beaver 4-H Club” in Marsing, Idaho and started submitting weekly articles to the local newspaper. Rico then was elected reporter for the local FFA chapter his freshman and sophomore year, continuing to expand his writing ability. As a freshman Rico took 3rd place in the Marsing High School
essay contest titled “American Beef Farmers.” He later would later become a professional freelance and feature writer for DAS TOR newspaper at Thunderbird
Global School of Management from 1996 – 1998. Rico also won the first and only writing essay at DAS TOR in March 1997. The essay asked contestants to propose ways for Thunderbird to be improved. Rico used his humor, knowledge of several countries that he had visited and innovation to secure the winning essay.

One of his most serious assignments and pieces of journalism was reporting on the Winterim class 97, “US Foreign Economic Policy” in Washington DC including
the opening of the 105th Congress and the Inauguration of the President of the United States - Mr. Bill Clinton.

Rico was selected for the May 19th, 2013 issue to represent Arizona in fellow author, Annette Synder’s popular blog, “Fifty Authors from Fifty States,” which spotlights writing professionals across the Fifty United States. He was again chosen to represent his home state of Idaho in 2014.

Rico was also chosen from among several hundred writers and bloggers to help compile a booklet with 13 other prominent authors. “How to Create Credibility as
a Freelancer - 70 Tips from a Collection of Experts” was published in 12/2009.

Favorite movie, “Gone With the Wind”

Favorite comedies, “Hangover” & “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Rico’s favorite books are:

John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden”

Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”

J.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”

David Stuart’s “The Guaymas Chronicles”

Jack London’s “Call of the Wild”

E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web”

Wilson Rawls’ “Where the Red Fern Grows”

Rico’s first novel, “MY BAD TEQUILA” was published in September of 2010.

His first Children’s book, “ARIZONA Is Where I Live” was published February 14th of 2013. This was the same day as Arizona’s 101st Birthday.

Rico’s autobiography/memoir “In the Shadow of ELVIS, Perils of a Ghostwriter” was published in April of 2013.

“Son of the KING, an ELVIS paradox unveiled” is Rico’s fourth book and is a biography published in

Rico has now finished this last project, “Author, Artist & Anyone’s Personal Marketing Guide to Financial Success with Blogs, Social Media and 9 other Proven Promotions.”

In May of 2014, Rico joined the Drivers and Racing Crews of the NORRA Baja 1000 to write a travel /race book to accompany the Documentary Film that will
be screened and made. Rico was invited and chosen by the sponsors of the race and the Documentary Film Maker to write of this adventure of which he is currently working on.

Rico is near completion of a non-fiction dog story which captures the true, incredible kidnapping of Lucky, a poodle mix and the heart of a Mexican community in the towns of San Carlos and Guaymas in trying to get Lucky back home to his owner. “Mexico got Lucky” will be published later on in 2015.

Next on the list is a Self Help book for teenage boys raised by single parents or/and of broken homes. This book will be a labor of love, in hopes that if by reading this book, it can make a positive and great difference in young men’s lives.

This Author of five different genres of his first five books will most likely be the first author to have written his first seven or eight books all of different genres.

And then, finally a return to “My Bad Tequila” the sequel, and quite possibly turning it into a trilogy of which his fans are greatly anticipating.

“I have 8 simple sentences of which I live by that cover most of my philosophy for and of life; Each written by a different author during a different time; All profound.” – rico austin

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
(Matthew 7:12) – Bible

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Henry Ford

“In order to write about life, first you must live it.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke

“Every rose has its thorn,” – Poison with Bret Michaels

“You’ll see the true reflection of me when the tequila bottle is empty.”
– Rico Austin

“Screw me once, shame on you; screw me twice, shame on me.”
– (screwed) Author unknown

Interests: Fishing, Drinking Tequila, Golf, Hiking, Swimming, Writing, Reading, Drinking Coronas

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • My Bad Tequila