Roger Johns: Biography

ROGER JOHNS is a former corporate lawyer, retired college professor, and the author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books: Dark River Rising (2017) and River of Secrets (2018). His short fiction is forthcoming in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the Mystery Weekly Magazine, and in Viral Literature: Alone Together in Georgia. He is the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year (Detective·Mystery Category), a 2018 Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice Award nominee, a Finalist for the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for best police procedural, runner-up for the 2019 Frank Yerby Fiction Award, the 2019 JKS Communications Author-in-Residence, a Finalist for the 2019 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, and the Finalist for the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year (Detective·Mystery Category). Roger is a sought-after speaker at conferences, literary festivals, and writers’ organizations on the subjects of mystery writing and career management for authors, and his articles and interviews about writing and career management for new authors have appeared in Career Authors, Criminal Element, Killer Nashville Articles, the Southern Literary Review, Writer Unboxed, and Southern Writers Magazine. He belongs to the Atlanta Writers Club, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America and, along with several other crime fiction writers, he co-authors the MurderBooks blog at You can visit him at:, on Facebook:, and on Twitter: @rogerjohns10. He is represented by Paula Munier, of Talcott Notch Literary Services.