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Booklist has called Johnny D. Boggs "among the best western writers at work today." He has won the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America seven times for the novels "Camp Ford," "Doubtful Cañon," "Hard Winter," "Legacy of a Lawman," "West Texas Kill" and "Return to Red River" and the short story "A Piano at Dead Man's Crossing." Several works, including the novels "Summer of the Star," "The Hart Brand," "Greasy Grass," "Northfield," "Killstraight," "South by Southwest," "And There I'll Be a Soldier" and "Poison Spring" and short stories "Comanche Camp at Dawn," "Umpire Colt" and "The Cody War," have earned Spur finalist honors.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1984, Boggs took a job in the Dallas Times Herald sports department, working his way up to assistant sports editor when the paper folded in 1991. In 1992, Boggs joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports department and was again an assistant sports editor when he left in 1998 to concentrate on his novels and free-lance writing.
A prolific writer of short nonfiction, Boggs has written about all aspects of the American West: travel stories, environmental issues, fashion news, apparel industry trends, history articles, reviews and celebrity Q&As and profiles. He is a staff writer for Persimmon Hill and a frequent contributor to True West, Wild West, and Boys' Life. Active in Little League and other community and youth activities, Boggs lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his family.