Longmire Author Craig Johnson On Being “Ordinary”

Craig Johnson, author of the incredibly popular Walt Longmire series, discussed in a recent Q&A why he prefers an “ordinary” protagonist and why Sheriff Walt Longmire fits the bill.

“I really wanted Walt to be more like us,” Johnson explained. “When I refer to Walt, I tend to refer to him as ‘over.’ He’s overage, he’s overweight, he’s overly depressed, but he still gets up in the morning and tries to do the job. To me, that’s true heroism, because those are the people who actually break the case.”

Author Craig Johnson

Author Craig Johnson

Dry Bones, the thirteenth and most recent in the Longmire series, follows the mystery of a rancher who finds the jackpot of T-rex skeletons but, when many others try to claim it for their own, ends up the focus of Longmire’s murder investigation.

The series has enjoyed fantastic success over the years and has earned awards such as the Prix SNCF du Polar in France and the Western Writers of America Spur Award. It is now also a dramatic TV show, Longmire, on A&E starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackoff, and Robert Taylor.

To learn more about Craig Johnson’s speaking schedule or to invite him to your next event, please contact Books In Common.

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