Before becoming a novelist, Rickards worked as a freelance journalist in the shipping industry on a succession of magazines and news publications, often in an editorial role. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Environmental Engineering, although he has never worked in the field.
He lives in Eastbourne, Sussex with his partner and son.
He also writes under the pseudonym SEAN CREGAN.
His novels feature an ex-FBI agent named Alex Rourke.