Black Cypress Bayou near Jefferson, TX, where the author spent his childhood.
The Writing Years
CLINT RICHMOND, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, has more than 30 years' professional writing experience as a nonfiction book author, newspaper reporter, and freelance magazine journalist. He has published books on a wide range of topics, from domestic terrorism and true crime, to pop psychology and celebrity biography.
Published nonfiction books authored or co-authored by Richmond, include:
Denver, Mile High Centerof Enterprise (1981, Windsor Publications); Living and Working in the Rockies (1984, General Publications, Inc.); Selena (1995, Pocket Books); False Prophets (1996, Dove Books); Willie Nelson: Behind the Music (1999, Pocket Books); Symphony of Spirits (2000, St. Martin’s Press); Red Star Rogue (2005, Simon & Schuster); and, The Good Wife (2007, Avon Books/HarperCollins).
Photo by Judith Morison
Prior to becoming a freelancer in 1981, Richmond (writing under the name "Jerry Richmond") was an award-winning reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, one of the state’s leading metropolitan dailies of that time. He covered such national stories as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the trial of LBJ crony Billie Sol Estes. He was on the Dallas reportorial team assigned to the visit of President John F. Kennedy to Dallas on November 22, 1963. Consequently, he was one of the key reporters to cover the assassination of the president, the capture of Lee Harvey Oswald, and the killing of Oswald.
He was that newspaper’s lead criminal courts reporter during the Jack Ruby murder trial. Later, as a freelance journalist, he was a Rocky Mountain regional correspondent for People Weekly, and has been a contributing writer to TIME, Newsweek, and numerous other magazines and major daily newspapers.
Richmond served in Korea with the 24th Infantry Division as reconnaissance liaison to an Australian infantry regiment, and with the First Cavalry Division and the 11th Cavalry Regiment. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He majored in journalism and history at North Texas State University.
He lives in Texas with his wife, Judith, and his cat, Bugs.