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 and River of Secrets. His short fiction has been, or is soon to be published by Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, the Mystery Weekly Magazine, Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine, the Saturday Evening Post, Black Beacon Books, Yellow Mama, 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 2018 and 2019 Finalist for a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, runner-up for the 2019 Frank Yerby Fiction Award, the 2019 JKS Communications Author-in-Residence, and the 2019 Finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year (Detective·Mystery Category). Roger is a frequent 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, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Mystery Writers of America and, along with several other crime fiction writers, he co-authors the MurderBooks blog at He currently serves as the 2020-2022 Vice President of the Southeast Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. You can visit him at:, on Facebook:, and on Twitter: @rogerjohns10. He is represented by Paula Munier, of Talcott Notch Literary Services.