135 Tanglewood Lane
Kerrville, Texas, United States
Home page: http://grwilliamson.com/
G.R. (Ron) Williamson - A Biography
Ron Williamson is a storyteller and a western writer. He is also a member of The
Western Writers of America and The Wild West History Association. He has given
several presentations at the National Outlaw & Lawman History Association (NOLA)
and the Wild West History Association (WWHA) annual meetings on John Coffee
Hays, Ben Thompson, King Fisher, and frontier gambling.
Story telling comes naturally to Ron, stemming from early childhood treks with his
grandfather who was a master tale spinner. Growing up in the rough brasada of
South Texas, he soaked up the Mexican legends and lore told by vaqueros around
campfires. While at the University of Texas, he came under the influence of J. Frank
Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb. From that point on history and folklore became
the focus of his studies and over the years he has amassed a large library that
continues to grow.
Trained as a pharmacist, Ron longed to pen his own works, so he began a self-
study in writing. . He first published free lance articles in small newspapers and
finally graduated to national magazines. His first try at screen writing resulted in a
top writing award at the Golden Triangle Writers of Beaumont, Texas. The following
year his second screenplay took the top award at the University of Texas -
Arlington/Greater Dallas Writers competition. In 2003 he won a top award at the
Kern Film Festival in California. His finished western scripts make their way into
Los Angeles on a regular basis.
His book, The Texas Pistoleers: Ben Thompson & King Fisher, was published in
2010. The book covers the fascinating lives of two of the most feared pistol fighters
of the American West. Based on extensive historical research The Texas
Pistoleers tells the true story of the infamous characters and their mystery-
shrouded deaths at the Vaudeville Theater in San Antonio on a chilly night on
March 11, 1884.
His second book, Frontier Gambling: The Games, The Gamblers, and The Great
Gambling Halls of the Old West tells the rollicking true story about gambling in the
Old West. Rich in detail and jargon, yet written in an easy to understand style, the
book tells the "unvarnished truth" about one of the integral facets of the American
West – gambling.
Currently he is at work on a non-fiction book about the outlaw Willis Newton – the
last of the old-time Texas bank and train robbers.
Ron lives in Kerrville, Texas with his wife Jean and his trusty Chihuahua, “Shooter”.
Interests: Historical research, writing, public speaking, antique firearms, and Chihuahuas.
Published writer: Yes