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Patrick Dearen

Born in Sterling City May 1, 1951, Patrick Dearen currently resides in Midland, Texas.  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.


Dearen is an authority on the tenets of old-time cowboy life in West Texas and has written twenty three books on the subject. Dearen 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. The Peacemaker is one of the top national awards for western writing. His novel "The Big Drift" won the Peacemaker Award in 2015. Dead Man's Boot is based on the legend of the Lost Sublett Mine of the Guadalupe Mountains of Texas and New Mexico.




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