Life Achievement Peacemaker Award
The recipient of Western Fictioneers fifth Life Achievement Peacemaker Award:
Robert J. Randisi
Over the past 34 years, Robert J. Randisi has been the most prolific Western writer in the world, authoring more than 500 novels in the genre. Best known for the Gunsmith series which he created and continues to write under the name J.R. Roberts (more than 400 novels to date), he has also contributed novels to many other series under his own name and various pseudonyms as well as writing numerous stand-alone Western novels. In addition, he has produced and co-authored several collaborative novels and edited many Western anthologies. Randisi is also well-known as an author of mystery and suspense novels and founded the Private Eye Writers of America. He lives and works in a small town in Missouri with fellow author Christine Matthews.
Veteran Western author and last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient James Reasoner says, “When I picked up the first Gunsmith novel from a paperback rack in a newsstand all those years ago, I had no idea what it would be the start of. Bob Randisi probably didn’t, either. Although the by-line was J.R. Roberts, I was already friends with Bob and knew he was behind that pseudonym. I had read some of his mysteries and so I had a pretty good idea what to expect from that first Gunsmith novel: a fast-paced, well-plotted story with plenty of action and great dialogue. That’s exactly what I got, and Bob’s kept it up ever since, more than 500 times in the Western field alone! That’s the hallmark of a Bob Randisi novel: when you open one, you know you’re going to be entertained. That’s never changed. Thanks for all the hours of reading enjoyment, Bob!”
Western Fictioneers secretary and acclaimed Western author Livia J. Washburn commented, “For the past three decades, no one has done more for the Western than Bob Randisi. In addition to being one of the most popular writers in the field, Bob has edited many Western anthologies and helped keep Western short fiction alive during times when there were few markets for it. He was one of the founders of Western Fictioneers and continues to work tirelessly on the organization’s behalf. Western readers and authors alike owe a big thank you to Robert J. Randisi, and this well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award is a good start on that.”
The recipient of Western Fictioneers fourth Life Achievement Peacemaker Award:
James Reasoner has been a professional writer for nearly forty years. In that time, he has authored several hundred novels and short stories in numerous genres. Writing under his own name and various pseudonyms, his novels have garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as appearing on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. He lives in a small town in Texas with his wife, fellow author Livia J. Washburn.
Popular Western and Mystery writer, and former VP of Western Fictioneers, Bill Crider says this about James, "I've known James Reasoner for going on forty years now, since before he'd ever written a western novel, and I've never met anybody during that time who was more devoted to the craft of telling a good story. He's as knowledgeable about western pulps, western writers, and western writing as anybody around, and he's happy to share his knowledge with other fans of the genre. He's written hundreds of westerns by now, and I've never read a one of them that wasn't filled with color, action, great characters, and a respect for the American west and its history. I know this is a "lifetime achievement" award, and a well-deserved one, but the final chapter isn't in sight. James has a long way to go yet, a lot more books to write, and a lot more goals to achieve. Much fine work lies behind, but I'm sure there's just as much ahead for all of us to look forward to and enjoy. Congratulations, James!"
Former WF (Western Fictioneers) president, and Western and mystery novelist, Troy D. Smith had this to say, "The first time I read something by James Reasoner, I thought 'this is the kind of writer I wish I could be.' Straight-forward and unpretentious, yet with a depth that makes his characters jump off the page and a gift for mood and setting that is focused and intense. He quickly became one of my all-time favorites, and remains so."
The recipient of Western Fictioneers third Life Achievement Peacemaker Award:
Frank Roderus has been writing Westerns for more than 30 years. Before he started selling fiction, he was a newspaper reporter. He used to raise Quarter Horses. He has lived in the west, the midwest, and briefly in Asia. Now he lives in Spring Hill FL with his wonderful Filipina wife, four cats and a dog.
Cheryl Pierson, Western Fictioneers president, co-publisher of Prairie Rose Publications, and popular western writer says this: From the moment I read my first Frank Roderus novel, I have admired and enjoyed his skillful descriptive abilities. His young adult novel, Duster, is a story that can be enjoyed by readers of most any age--not just young adult readers, but us "regular" adults, as well! I can't say enough good things about Duster and the way this story just pulls you right in, hugs you close, and keeps you in Duster's pocket throughout all that befalls him. An excellent western tale by a master storyteller, and this is no "one-trick pony"! Thanks to Frank for some truly wonderful western reading.
Current Western Fictioneers vice-president Keith South, part time doctor and well-known western writer said this: Frank Roderus is an inspirational Western writer who seems to be able to create characters, short stories and novels in a mystical fashion reminiscent of the alchemists of days gone by. He invites you on an adventure and grabs your attention until the last tantalising paragraph. His achievements are astonishing. He is not only prolific, but he is a quality writer. Not only that, but he encourages other writers. Indeed, I am grateful to him for helping me place some of my own writing. He absolutely deserves a lifetime achievement award to go with his other accolades.
Western Fictioneers (WF) is pleased to announce the recipient of its second Life Achievement Peacemaker Award:
Robert Vaughan sold his first book when he was 19 years old. That was nearly 400 titles ago. Writing under 42 pseudonyms, he has hit the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists several times.
His book Survival (under the pseudonym K.C. McKenna) won the Spur Award for best western novel (1994), The Power and the Pride won the Porgie for best paperback original (1976), and Brandywine's War was named by the Canadian University Symposium of Literature as the best iconoclastic novel to come from the Vietnam War. He was inducted into the Writers' Hall of Fame in 1998.
From the current Western Fictioneers president, Western and mystery novelist, Troy D. Smith -- Robert Vaughan is, and long has been, one of the giants of this field. He is who most of us want to be when we grow up. I've noticed that when I speak to the public about writing, and writing successfully and well, it's never long before I start talking about Dick Vaughan.
Current Western Fictioneers vice-president Bill Crider, an award-winning mystery and western novelist, adds this --Robert Vaughan is one of the most prolific and entertaining western writers in the field of traditional westerns. He knows character, he knows history, he knows storytelling, he knows the West.
Award-winning author, James Reasoner, had this to say about Robert Vaughan -- For decades, Robert Vaughan has entertained millions of readers with his fast-paced, well-written novels. Working in a variety of genres, he has won awards and made bestseller lists with everything from Westerns to historical romance novels to mainstream fiction. Along the way he's befriended and mentored dozens of other writers, and I'm proud to say that I'm one of them. Congratulations on this very well deserved honor from Western Fictioneers!
The recipient of its first Life Achievement Peacemaker Award: