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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 am fortunate to call Don Johnson my friend. When others write about his "authentic voice" they attribute it to research. I suppose it is if you can consider life research. Don has lived these situations first hand as a man can live them only in the brush country of Texas. He's lived them in this lifetime, and it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest to learn he lived them in a previous lifetime about 160 years ago. Brasada is a tough book about tough characters in tough country. Only Don Johnson's deft hand could tame such a story. If he hadn't it might well have attacked the reader upon being opened. Bravo, Don, for yet another brilliant offering.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)