Vic Feazell has been a member of the Writers’ League for three years. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Vic Feazell: I write unruly fiction wrapped around spiritual truth that leaves you with a contact high, and is set in Austin.
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee or a beer with and which beverage?
VF: I’d like to have strong coffee with Kurt Vonnegut on the morning after we’ve sipped bourbon half the night.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
VF: “Keep” me sane? You’re assuming a fact not in evidence. However, before I’d agree to be stranded on a deserted island, I’d want three: The Holy Bible (King James Version), I: Reality and Subjectivity by David R. Hawkins, M.D., PH.D., and Zen and the Brain by James H. Austin (he has a lot of degrees he doesn’t mention because he’s so Zen).
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
VF: I had no idea there were so many struggling writers out there besides me. I took a class on dialogue and story formulation that helped me finish my first book. I’ve enjoyed meeting other writers.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
VF: I’ve finished my first book, Rhinos Sharks & Unicorns, and I’ve got the next four outlined. I see my writing making me rich so I can spend my winters in Hawaii.
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
VF: Other than Rhinos Sharks & Unicorns, I’d have to pick: November 22, 1963: Witness to History by Hugh Aynesworth.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
VF: I was re-elected to a second term as District Attorney in Waco while I was under Federal indictment because I had angered the Texas Rangers and FBI by discrediting their Henry Lee Lucas confession bandwagon that had falsely cleared over 300 unsolved murders across the country. I went through a six-week criminal trial in Federal Court where I was looking at doing 80 years if I was convicted. After the not guilty verdict, I sued the people involved, including Belo Broadcasting, and was awarded the largest libel verdict in American history, fifty-eight million dollars. It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records 1992. Then, years later, lobbyists for the broadcasting industry got the government to change the IRS Tax Code and make it retroactive so they could take most of the money I had left away from me, which they did. I fought it to the Supreme Court of the United States to no avail. Now I meditate, practice law and write. Life is good.