Media kit

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Literary awards and nominations

  • 2019 PenCraft Award for Literary Excellence in Suspense (Deep Background)
  • 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest finalist, thriller/action-adventure category (Let the Guilty Pay)

Downloadable author photos

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Downloadable book cover photos

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The basics

  • Full name: Richard Derias Treon IV
  • Age: 34
  • Born in: Mesa, Arizona
  • Hometown: Stinnett, Texas


Did you know?

  • To research his second novel, Let the Guilty Pay, Rick worked as a welder’s helper on a pipeline crew in Oklahoma and Texas for four months in 2018
  • As a child living in Maine, Rick won the Canadian indoor archery national championship
  • Rick shot a hole-in-one at the Phillips Municipal Golf Course
  • Rick’s reporting has been picked up by national outlets such as The Today Show (NBC) and Sports Illustrated


  • Intern and reporter for Fort Worth Star-Telegram (2008-2009)
  • Reporter and online editor for Amarillo Globe-News (2009-2014)
  • City Editor/Managing Editor of Amarillo Globe-News (2017-2018)
  • Managing Editor of The Kerrville Daily Times (2018)

Other journalism contributions

  • Columns and essays featured in Amarillo Magazine and syndicated by Gannett Media
  • The Associated Press
  • Big If True (nonprofit news organization)
  • Dallas Morning News
  • ESPN


  • Earned Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin (2004-2008)
  • Served as reporter and editor for UT’s student newspaper, The Daily Texan (2004-2008)

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