Don Johnson

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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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Don Johnson

  • Hollow Bones on April 02, 2011

    Unrestrained ambition can have unintended consequences, and Lir got them in abundance. This is a moving dark fantasy. Sparse prose tells a wonderful tale of the results of ingratitude and self-centered desire. Well written with well defined characters. Don Johnson, author
  • The Seven Writerly Sins on April 14, 2011

    An excellent handbook by the old word meister himself. Harvey Stanbrough boils what would normally amount to reams of narrative into a few terse paragraphs that say it all. Whether you’re a neophyte scribbler or a seasoned pro, you’ll find this book helpful and easy to assimilate. A bargain for anyone who wants to improve his/her craft.
  • Same Ol' Bull Same Ol' Rodeo on April 14, 2011

    One of America’s finest poets has proven that he knows his way around the bucking chute as well as around an apt quatrain. An authentic taste of the attitudes and language of these unique Americans who risk their lives every time they explode into the arena just for our entertainment. As with the very best of fiction everywhere, you can learn as you enjoy. A big thumbs up to condensed story that touches every nerve. Don Johnson. Author