William W. Johnstone was born in Southern
Missouri, the youngest of four children. Raised
with strong moral and family values by his
minister father, and well-tutored by his school
teacher mother, Bill quit school when he was fifteen.
He was kicked out of the French Foreign Legion
for being under age and joined the carnival. But
still valuing his education, he returned home to
finish his high school education in 1957.
went on to work as a deputy sheriff, did a hitch
in the army, and began a career in radio
broadcasting, where he worked daily on his
verbal and storytelling skills for the next
sixteen years on the air. Much of his
knowledge of the early frontier began from
listening to family experiences told to him by
His love of animals is
displayed in many of his books as well as
finding several Huskies and Malamutes roaming
freely around his home. As an avid gun and knife collector, hours
of research are devoted to the types of weapons
commonly used during the eras of his writings.
One little known fact, is his love for music ...
from "rockabilly to classical". Bill has
written and recorded several songs which may be
released for his fans in the future.
He started writing in 1970, but it
wasn't until late 1979 when The Devil's Kiss was
published that William W. Johnstone became a
full-time writer. Since that time he
has written over two hundred books in a
variety of genres including action, suspense,
western, science fiction, and horror. Two
of his books, Eagle Down and Dagger, were
written under the pen name of William Mason.
To the true William W. Johnstone reader, he is a
best-selling author admired for the great
diversity in his writing talents. Though most
known for his western adventures, Johnstone was
also a visionary writer. His prophetic
stories within his Ashes Series, Code Name
Series, and his science fiction books,
predicting the Gulf War and the political
climate we live in today, was ahead of its time
when it was written.