The Walt Longmire Mystery series author Craig Johnson is my guest this week. I became a fan of the TV show Longmire and was exited to find out that the hit TV series (Now on Netflix) was based on a series of books. I reached out to Craig Johnson and he graciously agreed to join me on the show. What followed was what I believe is one of the best interviews I’ve had on the show.
In this episode we talk about writing mystery, believable characters, keeping a sense of place and culture, tackling tough subjects, translating from page to screen and much more.
Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff.
Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.