Meet the Members: Rick Treon

“I’ve also learned just how many resources [from WLT] are available to me now, and all the different ways I can get them (podcast, classes, workshops, booths at fairs, etc.). “

— Rick Treon

A member of the Writers’ League since January 2019, Rick lives in Amarillo, TX.

Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?

Rick Treon: Right now I’m working in the thriller/mystery/suspense genre. My last draft was in that same category. My next project may have some speculative elements, though I’m still letting that idea percolate.

Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?

RT: Living: Larry McMurtry. I would ask him to describe the moment he knew that parts of Charles Goodnight’s journey and life had to be used as inspiration for parts of Lonesome Dove. No longer with us: Ernest Hemingway: I would ask him if he really said half of what he’s credited with saying on the Internet (and what he thinks the Internet has done to/for writers).

Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?

RT: I’m torn between Infinite Jest because it would occupy so much time and the Boy Scout Handbook (I was one) for practical purposes.

Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?

RT:  I’m still new, but I have learned just how large and wide-reaching the organization is. I’ve also learned just how many resources are available to me now, and all the different ways I can get them (podcast, classes, workshops, booths at fairs, etc.).

Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?

RT: I won’t pretend like I don’t want to write a bestseller or ten, but more important to me is consistently putting out quality fiction that entertains a lot of people, makes them think about their world in a new way, and hopefully leaves a lasting impact on them.

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?

RT: Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard. It’s a psychological thriller set in Austin and a small fictional East Texas town in 1986. Native Texans and UT grads like me might notice some small things that could be changed for accuracy (one liberty taken is mentioned in the acknowledgments, which is always good), but it has some incredibly interesting characters and a big reveal that was unexpected.

Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion! 

 

RT:I feel fortunate to be among those who were able to write a work of fiction that is novel length and get it published. I feel even more fortunate that Deep Background (https://amzn.to/2MIWQPn) was my first completed work of fiction of any length. I just finished the first draft of my second novel, and I know there’s no guarantee it’ll be published, but being able to write a second is something I’m proud of. Also, for news about me and excerpts of that second novel, people can subscribe to my newsletter at this link (http://eepurl.com/gaRVwD) or by visiting my website, http://ricktreon.com.

 

Thank you, Rick!

If you’re a Writers’ League member and you’d be interested in being interviewed for our Meet the Members feature, email us at member@writersleague.org for more information. It’s a great way for other members to get to know you and for you to share a bit about what you’re working on!

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