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An award-winning author of twelve novels and nine nonfiction books, Patrick Dearen is a writer today because of his lifelong interest in Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Brackett.
Dearen earned a journalism degree from The University of Texas in 1974 and won nine national and state awards as a reporter for two West Texas daily newspapers. His nonfiction books have centered on cowboy life and the Pecos River country, essential background for his novels "The Big Drift" and "To Hell or the Pecos." Another novel, "Perseverance," grew out of his interest in hobo life during the Great Depression.
Three of Dearen’s books examine legends of lost treasure, which in turn inspired the story of a quest for a legendary interstellar power in his Starflight series, which consists of "Starflight to Destiny" and "Starflight to Eternity."
A ragtime pianist and backpacking enthusiast, Dearen has received awards from Western Writers of America, Will Rogers Medallion Awards, San Antonio Conservation Society, West Texas Historical Association, and Permian Historical Society. He makes his home in Midland, Texas, with his wife Mary and their son Wesley.