Johnny Shaw

Spotted Owl Award and Anthony Award Winner
Johnny Shaw

Mystery writer Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his novels Dove Season, Big Maria, and Plaster City. He has won both the Spotted Owl Award and the Anthony Award. Johnny received his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and over the course of his writing career has seen his screenplays optioned, sold and produced. For the last dozen years, Johnny has taught screenwriting. He has lectured at both Santa Barbara City College and UC Santa Barbara. He is the owner of Johnny’s Used Books, formerly a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Los Angeles, now entirely online. Johnny lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, artist Roxanne Patruznick.

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