Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of 26 western, juvenile and historical novels on the Old West as well as numerous articles, short stories and book reviews on the American frontier.
Lewis is the author of the well-received Memoirs of H.H. Lomax, a comic western series scheduled for re-publication by Wild Horse Press in 2015, beginning with The Demise of Billy the Kid. The second and third books in the series—The Redemption of Jesse James and Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral—were both Spur Finalists from Western Writers of America. His publishers have included Bantam, HarperCollins, Pinnacle and Eakin Press.
His western Blood of Texas, written under his Will Camp pseudonym, received WWA’s Spur Award for best western novel. His True West article “Bluster’s Last Stand” also won a Spur Award. His short works have appeared in publications as varied as Louis L’Amour Western Magazine and Dallas Morning News.
Lewis’s middle reader novels They Call Me Old Blue and Blanca is My Name have each won the R.C. Crane Award for Best Creative Work on West Texas from the West Texas Historical Association.
A native West Texan, Lewis began his professional career working for four Texas newspapers before moving into higher education media relations at Texas Tech University and later Angelo State University, where he retired in 2014.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where he was a Kiplinger Fellow of Public Affairs Reporting. He earned a second master’s degree in history from Angelo State University.
Lewis is a past president of Western Writers of America, West Texas Historical Association and Tom Green County Historical Society. He has served on the boards of the Ranching Heritage Association and the Book Club of Texas. He is a longstanding member of the Authors Guild and an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
The Demise of Billy the Kid
Frontier vagabond H.H. Lomax is saved by Billy the Kid from joining a gang of rustlers only to find himself in the middle of the Lincoln County War and ultimately at odds with the Kid himself over a hot-tempered senorita. Lomax may not be the smartest man around, but he is a survivor, unlike many of his Lincoln County acquaintances, and he tells his story in his own inimitable way. Lomax may not have won the West but he sure made it fun. The Demise of Billy the Kid returns to print in the spring of 2015.
Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral1996
The Redemption of Jesse James1995