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William Johnson's Bio


For over thirty years, I have been very fortunate to live the life of a small town, country lawyer here on the Chesapeake Bay. 


"A Silent Tide", winner of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award for best legal thriller in the country, is my first full-length novel and hopefully captures the magic of the people, the culture and the natural majesty of Mathews, Virginia. And let's not forget the food. Best steamed crabs on the planet, oysters, clams, rockfish, fried soft shells, real corn bread and pit cooked whole hog BBQ. Oh, my!


I love where I live.

My follow-up novella, "Tiffany's Tale" was penned to highlight the role of Tiffany Thompkins, the girl from West Marine, who is the heroine in “Tide” and to provide an expanded story beyond the ending in the first book. Soon, I  plan to incorporate both works into a deluxe, special edition of “A Silent Tide.” 

My most recent completion is the newly published, "A Silent Siege." Edgy, violent and perhaps a bit controversial, “Siege” began as a work intended to bring to this author blissfully less complexity and writing stress than “Tide” but soon moved fast to another dimension. For me, writing “Siege” was an experience and I hope it provides you the reader with as much entertainment as it brought to me as it’s creator.    


As a father of five, education is important to me. I received my BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech (“Go Hokies!”) and my JD from the University of Richmond. I am a twice elected member of our local school board and served for seven years on the executive board of our local Governors School. For 15 years, I also served as a court certified Guardian ad Litem for kids that needed a helping hand. In other words, I’ve seen a lot. To put my observations into context, I wrote the non-fiction work, "A School in Pennsylvania: the Quest for Academic Excellence and the Social Trends That Have Crippled the Great American School System”. I pulled “School” from the “for sale” list as it now appears a bit crude in form but nevertheless spot on in message. 

In a revised format with updated stats, it will be back.


Lastly, it all began years ago with my first short story, the 15th annual Chesapeake Bay Writers Conference Award Winner, "The Death of Redemption". That work will always be special.

As to my day job, I practice primarily criminal law and was the featured defense attorney on the CBS Program "48 Hours Mystery - The Taylor Behl Murder". My law office is located at 6558 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061. Please stop in or feel free to call me at 804-815-4200. Send emails to Thanks for being a fan  and thanks to everyone who has helped me in this journey. I love you all. 

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