John R. Erickson

John is the author of the Hank the Cowdog book series. He and his wife, Kris, live on their cattle ranch near Perryton, Texas.

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Building a good story

Essay | Like a sturdy house, stories need proper structure
by John R. Erickson
Posted 9/15/18, 12:40 pm

In 2009, Maverick Books published John R. Erickson’s Story Craft: Reflections of Faith, Culture and Writing from the Author of Hank of the Cowdog. With permission from the publisher, we’re posting in our Saturday Series a chapter each month through January.

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Good stories for people who need good stories

Vocation | Writing should nourish readers like a well-planned, healthy meal
by John R. Erickson
Posted 8/18/18, 01:55 pm

In 2009, Maverick Books published John R. Erickson’s Story Craft: Reflections of Faith, Culture and Writing from the Author of Hank of the Cowdog. With permission from the publisher, we plan to post in our Saturday Series a chapter each month over the next half year.

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A Texas trio

Essay | Ruminations on cowboy life, cattle death, and dog brains
by John R. Erickson
Posted 7/21/18, 02:57 pm

Since I turn down articles and disappoint authors every day by deciding their books haven’t made the cut for reviewing, my job helps me develop more enemies than friends. It’s delightful for an editor when a friend is also a terrific writer, so it’s a pleasure once every month to share with you the writing of John R. Erickson, who for 35 years has delighted children and adults with his Hank the Cowdog series. Here are three short essays about cowboy life, cattle death, and dog brains. —Marvin Olasky

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