Best described as a “nice guy,” Major Mitchell is a former pastor, and credits his writing abilities to eight years of writing sermons three times a week. (In truth, he actually began by writing and illustrating comic books as a child). His conversational style immediately engages the reader. He has developed an uncanny eye for detail, while creating characters believable enough for the reader to feel that they know them. His ability to create tension will have you turning page after page.

A member of Western Writers of America and a frequent guest speaker at historical meetings and schools on the West Coast, he has also written several songs, recorded a CD of traditional country/folk music, and occasionally takes the stage as a singer.


 Major Leonard Mitchell was born in 1945, the last of eight children in the family of Clarence Madison and Zula Alberta Mitchell. His home for the first eleven years of his life was Brawley, California, a small farming and cattle community situated in the Imperial Valley. It was here, amid the annual Cattle Call, rodeo and old west festivals, where he would soon discover a love for cowboys and all things western. It was not unusual for the young boy to meet a working cowboy in boots and spurs during their daily activities. Respect for native American culture was learned from his mother, who was one quarter Cherokee.

The Mitchell household had a modest collection of books, mostly poetry and a collection of Zane Grey novels their father loved to read. Major spent countless hours listening as two of his sisters, Dallas Rebecca and Nora Ethel, read poetry aloud. It didn't take long until he was reading the Zane Grey collection, which developed his own passion for books. It was a short walk to the local library, where a whole world of adventure began developing with books like Treasure Island and Shane, and of course, Louis L'Amour novels.

Major now lives in Northern California with his wife, Judy, and dog, Molly.  

Major Mitchell is the author of thirteen novels, including Canyon Wind, an epic novel of life in the South Dakota Badlands circa 1880, and the Dusty Boots in Texas series, among others. He has also written three children’s books.