in Sterling City
May 1, 1951, where he was raised
and graduated from Sterling City High school. Patrick Dearen
lives in Midland,
Texas, with his wife Mary, managing editor of the Midland
Reporter-Telegram. He won nine national and state awards as a reporter for
two daily newspapers, including the San Angelo Standard-Times
and the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he conducted oral histories
of 76 men who had been cowboys prior to 1932. These interviews,
along with decades of archival study, enriched his 11 novels and 9
nonfiction books. One of those novels, Perseverance, is a story of
hobos riding the railroad tracks of Texas during the Great
Dearen is an authority on the tenets of
old-time cowboy life in West Texas and has written twenty three
books on the subject. He was named the runner-up in 2013 for the
Will Rogers Medallion from the Academy of Western Artists for his
novel To Hell or the Pecos. He has also been honored for his work by
the Western Writers of America, the San Antonio Conservation
Society, and the Permian Historical Association.
In 2015, another Dearen novel, The Big Drift was named the
winner of the Elmer Kelton Fiction Book of the Year by the Academy
of Western Artists.
On May, 2017 Western Fictioneers announced his
novel "Dead Man's Boot" is a finalist for the 2017 Peacemaker
Award for best western novel. Dead Man's Boot is based on
the legend of the Lost Sublett Mine of the Guadalupe Mountains of
Texas and New Mexico.
In 2019, Dearen released Apache Lament, an historical novel
based on the last Indian battle in Texas. It is the 2020 Winner,
Elmer Kelton Award of Academy of Western Artists.
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