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Creator of 'Longmire' loves his work

Wyoming author Craig Johnson said he recently found out just how popular his main character, fictional Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire, has become.

The Ucross rancher, who has seen his award-winning series of eight Western mysteries turned into a hit A&E television series, “Longmire,” was paying for lunch at a Red Lodge, Mont., cafe. He noticed the cashier intently staring at his ball cap, which was emblazoned with the words, “Absaroka County Sheriff’s Department.”

The woman asked him where he got the hat. He didn’t want her to think he actually was a law enforcement officer, so Johnson explained, “It’s not a real county.”

“The hell it’s not,” she sternly told the writer. “It’s Walt Longmire’s county.”

Now, realizing she was a fan, he introduced himself as Craig Johnson.

“She goes, ‘So?’” the author recalled. “I said, ‘I’m the one who writes the books,’ and she says, ‘What books?’

“I said, ‘The books the TV show is based on.’ And she goes, ‘I didn’t know there were books.’”

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