Media kit

An impressive, realistic dark thriller with an unnerving conclusion … Deep Background is entertaining and eye-opening reading, and Rick Treon is a new novelist to watch.”

– Lone Star Literary

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Deep Background Front Cover
Front cover of Rick Treon’s debut novel, DEEP BACKGROUND

The basics

  • Writes fiction as: Rick Treon
  • Journalism byline: Ricky Treon
  • Full name: Richard Derias Treon IV
  • Age: 33
  • Born in: Mesa, Arizona
  • Hometown: Stinnett, Texas


Upcoming events

  • Feb. 15, 2019: 7 p.m., Book signing, Amarillo (Texas) Barnes & Noble, 2415 Soncy Road, Amarillo, Texas
  • July 13, 2019: TBD, ThrillerFest panel discussion and book signing, Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E, 42nd St., New York, New York

“Anyone who picks up DEEP BACKGROUND will be keenly looking forward to another thrilling read.”

– The Big Thrill

Did you know?

  • DEEP BACKGROUND is the first piece of fiction Rick has finished, published or unpublished
  • As a child living in Maine, Rick won the Canadian indoor archery national championship
  • To research his second novel, Rick worked as a welder’s helper on a pipeline crew in Oklahoma and Texas for four months in 2018
  • Rick’s reporting has been picked up by national outlets such as The Today Show (NBC) and Sports Illustrated

An intelligent, textured and taut thriller … Treon hits a home run … I found myself holding my breath …”

– Best Thrillers


  • Intern and correspondent 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)

“Treon crafts his story with several interesting twists that lure in the reader and demand their attention … kept me hanging on till the very end … I guarantee, if you are into suspense, this will be the book for you.”

– Authors Reading

Contributed to

  • 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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