One great thing about Wyoming: Its a weird place, Johnson says. A lot of people think of it as being really square and remote, which it is. But the open spaces also bring out the weird and the strange. People are a little bit more out there, which gives me a lot of ideas for eccentric characters. And thats one of his strong points. Johnsons characters fit comfortably like an old boot in a fictional land where the Western and mystery genres cross paths, finely sketched and imbued with humor. My writing style is kind of like ditch digging, he notes. Its a real blue-collar style of writing: You get up and early and do your ranch chores, and then you get a cup of coffee and you sit down and write. Thats something we can all appreciate here in the morphing West, where it never hurts to recall the regions roots.
Hear Johnson read at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; hell also stop at Murder by the Book, 1574 South Pearl Street, tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. For details, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727; contact Murder by the Book at 303-871-9401.
Fri., June 12, 7:30 p.m., 2009