Patrick Dearen


A Spur Award-winning author of twelve novels and ten 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 and Devils rivers, essential background for his novel "The Big Drift," winner of the 2015 Spur Award for traditional western novel, presented by Western Writers of America. His novel "To Hell or the Pecos," a finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion Award, also grew out of his historical research. Another novel, "Perseverance," was inspired by 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, Western Fictioneers, 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.

Smashwords Interview

You're the author of the new Starflight series and 18 other books. What's your background?
I was born in 1951 in Sterling City, Texas. When I was 10, my mother presented me with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ "Tarzan of the Apes," a gift that helped shaped my life. I earned a bachelor of journalism in 1974 from The University of Texas at Austin and worked as a reporter for two daily newspapers in Texas. My favorite pastimes are backpacking and playing ragtime piano. I make my home in Midland, Texas, where my wife is managing editor of the daily newspaper.
When and why did you begin writing?
When I was 14, a teacher suggested I consider writing as a career. Thrilled over the prospect of emulating my hero – Burroughs – I went home that afternoon and began my first novel.
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Starflight to Destiny
Series: Starflight, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,720. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Hidden in the reaches of the galaxy, a great power holds the fate of the cosmos. A man and a woman each learn half the clues to its secrets, and together they defy a totalitarian government and embark on an interstellar quest with pirates to find it and save creation. Watch video trailer.
Starflight to Eternity
Series: Starflight, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,490. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In this sequel to "Starflight to Destiny," a new generation continues a starship quest for the ultimate power of the cosmos. A wizened old man has returned from deep space, bearing a strange tale of the planet Faroul. This legendary world is said to be a place where time began and ends, and where a man may gain the power to create. But Faroul is much more, for it holds the very fate of the cosmos.

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