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After a career in the advertising and public relations fields as writer and creative director, Don Johnson is now concentrating on his first love of historical and character-driven fiction. he is a former member of Western Writers of America and the Greater Dallas Writer’s Association, has had several novels and non-fiction books published and many short stories and articles.
Born in Devol, Oklahoma in 1927, he grew up in West Texas after his family moved to the Woodrow community south of Lubbock in 1937. He graduated from Lubbock’s Cooper High School and attended Texas Tech before enlisting in the armed forces during World War II.
During his life so far he has been an aviator, medic, lab technician, farmer, cowboy, rancher, laborer, advertising copywriter, creative director and advertising agency owner. He has published articles, short stories, non-fiction books, and book-length fiction.
He now lives in Palestine, Texas with his wife, Judy, where he enjoys a study of regional history and writing about it. His writing efforts are directed toward bringing interesting and believable characters to life.
on April 27, 2011 :
I've used the opening paragraph of this novel to teach other writers how to write a great beginning. The language and dialect of these characters are true to life, the situations taken as if from the brush country of Texas, and the simple poignancy of this story will linger with me all my days. As a result, I will be in very good company.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)