Western Fictioneers Members
Madeline Baker is one of those rare birds - a California native. She’s lived in Southern California her whole life and loves it (except for the earthquakes). She and her husband share a home with a fluffy Pomeranian named Lady, a tortoise named Buddy, and a wild sparrow named Tweety. Madeline and her alter ego, Amanda Ashley, have written over 70 books, many of which have appeared on various bestseller lists, including the New York Times Bestseller List, the Waldenbooks Bestseller list, and the USA Today list. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it. You can visit Madeline’s website at www.madelinebaker.net
Sara Barnard, who was most likely born into the wrong century, is mother to four awesome children. In addition to her bestselling Amish romance Rebekah’s Quilt (which is a contender for the 2013 RONE award for Inspirational Fiction), she has authored the historical romance Everlasting Heart series, consisting of bestselling A Heart on Hold, which was also a 2012 RONE award finalist, A Heart Broken (contender for the 2013 RONE award in American Historical Fiction), A Heart at Home, and A Heart Forever Wild – all from 5 Prince Publishing. She also writes for the younger among us. Chunky Sugars is a picture book from 5 Prince Kids and her independently published children’s nonfiction titles, The ABC’s of Oklahoma Plants and The Big Bad Wolf Really Isn’t so Big and Bad, have hit bestseller lists several times. Her forthcoming titles include A Heart Forever Wild (5 Prince, April 2, 2014) and The Calling (Prairie Rose Publications, April 1, 2014). She and her family make their home in the far reaches of the west Texas desert with the javalina, mesquite trees, and of course, lots and lots of oil.
W. R. Benton, pen name for Gary L. Benton, is an award winning author of numerous novels, many of which have been on the Amazon Best Sellers List. His book, “War Paint” is being made into a movie and is currently in the preproduction stage by MVP3 Studios of NYC, Memphis, and Hollywood. Benton's writing has been endorsed by writers Don Bendell, Matt Braun, and Stephen Lodge, as well as actor James Drury, "The Virginian," actor Robert Woods, Mississippi Senator Terry Burton, and many others. He's been interviewed by many local Mississippi television and radio stations. He lives with his wife Melanie, also a writer, two cats, three dogs, and countless imaginary cows and horses on his 1000 acre fanciful ranch. A true cowboy at heart, Benton spent over 26 years on active military duty with the United States Air Force and retired in 1997 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E-8). You can discover more about W.R. Benton by visiting his website, www.wrbenton.net . Be sure to join his blog at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6938106.W_R_Benton/blog or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gary.l.benton
A novelist, screenwriter, and television personality, Paul Bishop recently finished a 35 year career with the Los Angeles Police Department where he was twice honored as Detective Of The Year. He continues to work privately as a deception expert and as a specialist in the investigation of sex crimes. His books include the western Diamondback: Shroud Of Vengenace, two novels (Hot Pursuit / Deep Water) featuring LAPD officers Calico Jack Walker and Tina Tamiko, the thrillers Penalty Shot and Suspicious Minds, a short story collection (Running Wylde), and five novels in his L.A.P.D. Detective Fey Croaker series (Croaker: Kill Me Again, Croaker: Grave Sins, Croaker: Tequila Mockingbird, Croaker: Chalk Whispers, and Croaker: Pattern of Behavior). His latest novel, Fight Card: Felony Fists (written as Jack Tunney), is a fast action boxing tale inspired by the fight pulps of the ‘40s and ‘50s. His novels are currently available as e-books.
Peter Brandvold has written over seventy fast-action westerns under his own
name and his pennames, Frank Leslie and Tabor Evans. He is the head honcho of
Mean Pete Press, which has set out to repub in ebook form some of Pete's early
westerns and new, pulp-style westerns of the spicy and weird variety. Check out
his website: www.peterbrandvold.com. Follow his
blog at: www.peterbrandvold.blogspot.com.
Terry Burns writes westerns for the Christian market and for young adults. He is also an agent with Hartline Literary http://www.hartlineliterary.com , has over 40 books in print including 10 novels which isn’t many for this group. He has a new 4 book series from Port Yonder Press entitled “The Sagebrush Collection” of his collected short works and the first released March 2010 entitled “On the Road Home.” A Young Adult entitled Beyond the Smoke came out from BJU Press January 2009, won the Will Rogers Medallion and a new book “A Writer’s Survival Guide to Publication” also from Port Yonder Press was developed out of the month long course he held for ACFW. He is consistently listed in the top five of agents placing debut authors on Publisher’s Marketplace and is a popular speaker at workshops across the country. A bookstore of his available works as well as a regular blog can be found at www.terryburns.net. Terry is Married to Saundra Burns, has five kids and ten grandkids ranging from 24 years of age down to one month
Marc is the author of several Western novels including Hard Road to
Heaven and The Hell Riders--both written as Mark Henry. His short stories have
appeared in BOYS' LIFE magazine and the SATURDAY EVENING POST. Marc grew
up in North Central Texas and, in a previous life, served as a police officer
in a small city there. To make ends meet he apprenticed as a horse shoer
and farrier and eventually had his own business-- until a friend pointed out
that a man who is six feet tall and can't make a living with his head higher
than his butt is not a very smart man. About that time a position opened
on the police department's mounted horse patrol where Marc served until getting
a job with the feds where he spent over twenty-one years. Along the way,
he has written...a lot... most of it getting sent back with very kind and
nurturing rejection letters. Though Westerns and the West remain his first
love, he is presently neck deep in a Thriller series about a hard charging
government agent who rides motorcycles and battles terrorists. He lives
in Alaska with his wife, blue heeler dog and BMW motorcycle. www.marccameronbooks.com http://www.facebook.com/MarcCameronAuthor
Born and raised in Missouri near the banks of the Mississippi, A. Steven Clark teaches economics and environmental courses while writing and telling stories part-time. He’s performed as an oral storyteller; has published short stories, nonfiction articles and book reviews; and in 2003 won a Parents’-Choice Award for a CD of original children’s music. His children’s songs have aired on radio stations in over thirty states and in several foreign countries. One of his songs was featured on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento radio show. Clark lives with his wife in St. Charles, Missouri. His hobbies are hiking, playing and singing Americana music, collecting ghost stories, and throwing knives. His first novel, The Guerrilla Man: Bloody Trail to Kansas, is available from Solstice Publishing.
David Cranmer (http://davidcranmer.blogspot.com/) writes the Cash Laramie & Gideon Miles hardboiled westerns as Edward A. Grainger. He is editor/publisher of BEAT to a PULP (http://www.beattoapulp.com/pulp.htm).
BILL is the author of more than fifty published novels and numerous short stories. He won the Anthony Award for best first mystery novel in 1987 for Too Late to Die and was nominated for the Shamus Award for best first private-eye novel for Dead on the Island. He won the Golden Duck award for “best juvenile science fiction novel” for Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror. He and his wife, Judy, won the best short story Anthony in 2002 for their story “Chocolate Moose.” His story “Cranked” from Damn Near Dead (Busted Flush Press) was nominated for the Edgar award for best short story. Check out his homepage at www.billcrider.com, or take a look at his peculiar blog at http://billcrider.blogspot.com.
Kevin Crisp teaches college biology and has authored some ﬁfteen science research papers and textbook chapters. He has also published short stories in the western and horror genres in eZines such as Frontier Tales and the Lovecraft eZine.
Kevin has a BA in psychology from Haverford College and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. He also studied anatomy at University College of London in England and physiology at the University of Miami in Florida.
Born and raised outside of Washington, D.C., Kevin has been living in a small town in Minnesota for eight years
Phil Dunlap has lived his entire life in Indiana, but that hasn’t kept him from immersing himself totally in the Old West. His wife thinks he’s been possessed by a long dead gunfighter. Could be. He’s seen eleven of his novels published, and has been included in five short story anthologies. His “Saving Mattie” won the 2009 Best Traditional Western award from EPIC, and was a finalist in the 2012 Western Fictioneers Best Novel competition for “Apache Lawman.” “Cotton’s Inferno” (coming in February 2014) is the latest installment a four-book series from Berkley. Website: www.phildunlap.com.
After proudly serving his country as a US Marine, Ken attended Stephen F. Austin State University on a full football scholarship, receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business and Speech & Drama. Ken quickly discovered his love for acting when he starred as a cowboy in a Dairy Queen commercial when he was raising registered Beefmaster cattle and Quarter Horses at his ranch in East Texas. Ken has over 41 years as a professional actor, with memorable roles Silverado, Friday Night Lights, The Newton Boysand Uncommon Valor. He was the OC and VO spokesman for Wolf Brand Chili for eight years. Ken was a professional and celebrity Team Penner for over twenty years—twice penning at the National Finals—and participated in the Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeos until Ben’s death in ‘96. Ken now lives near Gainesville, TX, where he continues to write novels. Ken wrote a screenplay back in the '80s, The Tumbleweed Wagon. Ken and Buck's new historical fiction western, THE NATIONS—a Finalist for the Elmer Kelton Award—was an adaptation of that screenplay. They released the sequel, HAUNTED FALLS—winner of the Laramie Award for Best Action Western, 2013—in June of 2013. Ken is currently writing the third in the Bass Reeves saga, HELL HOLE, due for release early spring, 2014.
Mountain men and explorers make up the branches of Dave’s family tree. His mother’s side was from Canada where the men plied the fur trade, ventured into the Rocky Mountains during the beaver boom in the 1820’s.
His father was born in 1905 and saw the last of the Old West. His grandfather was Blackfoot born in a tepee on the reservation in Montana. He was a hunter and horseman who brought a great deal of Old West influence into the Fisher family. From them Dave heard the stories of the West that was. A life-long Westerner Dave inherited that pioneer blood and followed in the footsteps of his ancestors. Originally from Oregon, he worked cattle and rode saddle broncs. His adventures have taken him across the wilds of Alaska as a horsepacker and hunting guide, through the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado where he wrangled, guided and packed for a variety of outfitters. Dave weaves this experience through his writing, drawing readers into his stories by their realism and his personal knowledge of the West, its people, and character. He has over 400 fiction and non-fiction works published which include several western novels and books, over 40 short stories, numerous cowboy poems, and two CD’s of cowboy poetry. His novels include the Poudre Canyon Saga trilogy, and Bitter Grass. He won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for his collection of short stories Bronc Buster – Short Stories of the American West. He has earned 8 People’s Choice Awards for western short stories and has been included in 12 anthologies. www.davepfisher.com.
Griffin, James (Jim)
While James J. Griffin is a native New Englander, he has been in love with all things Western from an early age. He has a particular interest in the Texas Rangers, and has accumulated enough knowledge about the organization to be considered an amateur historian of the Rangers. His extensive collection of Texas Ranger artifacts is now part of the permanent collections of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco. He has traveled throughout the western United States and Canada, both for vacation and research.
Jim is also a lifelong horseman, and his love and knowledge of horses is reflected in his writings. Horses are always an integral part of Jim's Western novels and short stories. The horses in his stories are based on the horses he has owned, with their personalities, peculiarities, and quirks.
Jim began writing at the urging of author and fellow Western Fictioneer James Reasoner. With his interest in the Rangers, it was only natural Jim would write Texas Ranger novels. He has written two main series, featuring Texas Rangers Jim Blawcyzk and Cody Havlicek. He has also written several other stories and novels, including THE RANGER for the Western Fictioneers' WEST OF THE BIG RIVER series, THE GREAT TEXAS KAPUSTA INCIDENT for the Western Fictioneers' anthology THE TRADITIONAL WEST, and the A RANGER NAMED ROWDY series of short stories (ebooks) for High Noon Press. He is also a contributor to the Western Fictioneers' WOLF CREEK series, under the WF house name Ford Fargo. Jim's short story THE TOYS, which is included in the Western Fictioneers' SIX-GUNS AND SLAY BELLS Christmas Anthology, was a finalist for the 2012 Peacemaker Award for Best Western Short Story.
When not traveling out West, Jim divides his time between Branford, Connecticut and Keene, New Hampshire. To learn more about Jim and his books, visit his website at www.jamesjgriffin.net.
Jerry is a former sailor and lumber trader and an avid outdoorsman. It was no surprise to family and friends when he wrote “Matsutake Mushroom,” a nature guidebook in 1997. He wrote his first western short story for Western Digest in 1995 then ventured into longer tales. Jerry is the author of the West of The Big River series novel – “The Bandit.” Under the name of J L Guin, he wrote “Drover’s Vendetta” and the Blackhorse western “Drover’s Bounty.” He has written dozens of short stories, many of which have appeared in a number of western anthologies. The most recent being “Dead or Alive” and “Livin on Jacks and Queens.” A frequent contributor to the Western Fictioneer’s Wolf Creek series, with chapters or stories in books #3, #6 and #9 and looking forward to participate in future editions.
Jerry Guin was born in Chicot County, Arkansas and lived for a time in Louisiana, Michigan and Idaho before settling into the mountainous community of Salyer, in extreme northern California with proofreader wife Ginny.
lives in South Carolina in a little house full of books and photographs. When
not off in her own little world, she can usually be found outside with a camera
in one hand, or supervising the Creative Writing categories of WikiAnswers.com.
J.E.S. is best known for the Devon Day and the Sweetwater Kid stories, several
of which have been published in an anthology called DOWN THE OWLHOOT TRAIL. She
is currently working on a novel about the two rascals, entitled OUTLAW
SECURITY. Website www.jeshays.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/JESHaysBooks
Bob Herzberg was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.in 1956 and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School. He's performed standup comedy, improv and murder-mystery dinner theater in both N.Y. and Hollywood, and is a member of the Western Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. In the past six years, he has had six books published: Shooting Scripts: From Pulp Western to Film, The FBI & the Movies, Savages & Saints: The Changing Image of American Indians in Westerns, The Left Side of the Screen, Hang 'Em High: Law & Disorder in Western Films and Literature, to be published in 2013, and his first novel, Quantrill's Gold. In 2008, he was appeared on TV-Land's Myths & Scandals, and in 2012, he was interviewed by Warner Brothers for the 20th anniversary blu-ray edition of The Fugitive. He's been happily married to the lovely actress/poet Colleen Hayden. One day, they hope to live out west.
DOUGLAS HIRT was born in
Illinois, but heeding Horace Greeley's admonition to "Go west, young
man", he headed to New Mexico at eighteen. He drew heavily from this
"desert life" when writing his first novel, Devil's
Wind. In 1991 Doug's novel, A Passage
of Seasons, won the Colorado Authors'
League Top Hand Award. His 1998 book, Brandish, and 1999 Deadwood, were
finalists for the SPUR award given by the Western Writers of America. A short
story writer, and the author of thirty-four novels and one book of non fiction,
Doug makes his home in Colorado Springs with his wife Kathy. When not writing
or traveling to research his novels, Doug enjoys collecting and restoring old
English sports cars. You can find more about Douglas Hirt at www.douglashirt.com
Dale Jackson and his wife, Mary, reside on their ranch near Oakdale, California in the foothills of the Sierras where they have raised registered Angus cattle for the past 30-years. He is ex-military, a retired wine industry executive and a full-time writer. Originally from Minnesota, he was raised in the Big Sky country of Montana before relocating to California where the water troughs rarely freeze and there isn't much use for a snow shovel. His debut novel, “They Rode Good Horses” published in 2011 by Goldminds Publishing, won the Will Rogers Medallion Award. His follow-up novel, “Unbroke Horses”, also published by Goldminds was released in July 2012. A short story, “Last Of The Cowboys”, appears in a ReadWest Foundation, “Stories Of The American West” anthology which was also released in July. A second short story, “A Blood Red Moon” is due to be released in October in the La Frontera Publishing anthology, “Outlaws And Lawmen”.A third novel, “County Road 37”, is planned for completion early spring 2013. Website: www.dalebjackson.com
Courtney Joyner is a screenwriter and director with over 25 produced movies, including the cult films PRISON starring Viggo Mortensen, CLASS OF 1999, and the new telefilm RETURN OF CAPT. NEMO starring Hugh Bonneville. A graduate of USC, Courtney’s first movie was THE OFFSPRING starring the legendary Vincent Price. After the movie’s theatrical success, he found himself in demand as a writer of horror, thrillers and action films. His work in television has included TV movies for CBS, (DISTANT COUSINS), the USA Network (BETRAYAL, GUILTY AS CHARGED), and Showtime (WHITE RUSH). He wrote the pilot for the Western series DEPUTY DIARIES, and just optioned his original screenplay, THE LEGEND OF BELLE STARR. As a film journalist, his articles have appeared in WILDEST WESTERNS, ROUND-UP, FANGORIA, CINEMA RETRO, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, EMPIRE and others. He has written chapters for such non-fiction books as JOHN FORD – A LIFE IN FILM, THE CINEMA OF H.P. LOVECRAFT, THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR, and DUKE: WE’RE GLAD WE KNEW YOU. His latest movie book is THE WESTERNERS – INTERVIEWS WITH ACTORS, DIRECTORS AND WRITERS, which was published by McFarland in November to excellent reviews, and he will be following it with VOICES OF THE WEST. His short story “Bloodhound” was included in Express Westerns FISTFUL OF LEGENDS, and his story “Two-Bit Kill” will be appearing in the anthology LAW OF THE GUN from Kensington in November. He is currently finishing his first western novel, TRACKING THE DEVIL. Courtney is a member of the Western Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and The International Thriller Writers. He lives in Los Angeles.
Steven Law is the author of YUMA GOLD (Berkley, November 2011), and his forthcoming works, EL PASO WAY (Berkley, October 2013), and BRAVE SONORA (Berkley, June 2014). He has worked as a community newspaper reporter, a columnist, and a freelance literary publicist. For over fifteen years he has worked with several acclaimed authors, such as Pulitzer Prize Finalist S. C. Gwynne, New York Times best-seller Stephen Harrigan, New York Times columnist Peter Applebome, and the late Elmer Kelton.
John Legg has had more than 50 Westerns published, including a number of series novels, and one book of Western nonfiction. He has also done a number of articles on Western history for national magazines. John has been a newspaper copy editor for more than 30 years. He also has edited novels, articles, short stories, and other works through his editing/critiquing service, JL TextWorks. He has a BA from William Paterson College (now University) in New Jersey and an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Born and raised in New Jersey, John spent almost 30 years in Arizona and is now living (temporarily) in Florida. leggbooks.com
Heath is the author of
the cult novel THE BASTARD HAND, as well as a short story collection called DIG
TEN GRAVES. He's written the Gideon Miles Western novella, MILES TO LITTLE
RIDGE and a series of weird western stories about a mysterious gunslinger
called Hawthorne. His second full-length novel, CITY OF HERETICS, will be
available from Snubnose Press in August. His other stories have appeared at
Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Chi-Zine, Pulp Metal, The Nautilus Engine, and
others. He has been a movie theater manager, a tour guide at Sun Studio, a
singer in a punk band, and a regular donor of blood for money. He lives in a
quiet neighborhood near Detroit.
Johnstone, J. A.
all around assistant, typist, researcher, and fact checker to one of the most
popular western authors of all time, JA Johnstone learned from the master,
Uncle William W. Johnstone. William began tutoring JA at an early age.
After-school hours were often spent retyping manuscripts or researching his
massive American Western History library as well as the more modern wars and
conflicts. “Every day with Bill was an adventure story in itself. Bill
taught me all he could about the art of storytelling and creating believable
characters. Keep the historical facts accurate,’ he would say. ‘Remember the
readers, and as your grandfather once told me, I am telling you now: be the
best J.A. Johnstone you can be.’”
Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the award-winning author of more than forty-five novels, including supernatural thrillers Season of the Wolf, Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, and The Slab, the Dark Vengeance teen horror quartet, and others. He has also written more than 130 comic books and graphic novels, including the long-running horror/Western comic book series Desperadoes and Graveslinger, original graphic novel Zombie Cop, and many more. He’s a co-owner of specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, and lives in southeastern Arizona on the Flying M Ranch. For more information, please visit www.jeffmariotte.com.
L. J. Martin is the author of 26 western, western romance, mystery, and thriller novels from Bantam, Pinnacle, Avon, and Wolfpack Publishing, in addition to several non-fiction books. He’s had a dozen or more articles and short stories published in national magazines. He’s also an optioned screenwriter. He lives in Montana with his wife, Kat, who has over 55 romantic suspense and historical romance novels internationally published in a dozen languages and more than two dozen countries. L. J., when not writing, spends a good deal of his time hunting, fishing, cooking; and in the back country with his cameras, both video and still. His photography has appeared on magazine covers and in periodicals. Over a hundred videos from Martin can be seen on youtube.com at ljmartinwolfpack. Learn more about the Martin’s at www.ljmartin.com, www.katmartin.com, and www.wolfpackranch.com.
Matthews, Christine aka Marthayn Pelegrimas
Marthayn Pelegrimas has been writing professionally for more than twenty years. Her mystery short stories, written under the pseudonym “Christine Matthews,” have appeared in such places as DEADLY ALLIES II, ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, LETHAL LADIES, FOR CRIME OUT LOUD I & II, Mickey Spillane’s VENGEANCE IS HERS, CAT CRIMES ON HOLIDAY, THE SHAMUS GAME, TILL DEATH DO US PART, GREATEST HITS and the recent HOLLYWOOD AND CRIME. Four of her stories have been chosen for Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg’s BEST OF . . . books, the most recent being “And Then She Was Gone,” which will appear in the 2008 edition. Her first novel, MURDER IS THE DEAL OF THE DAY was published by St. Martin’s Press in January 1999. The second novel in the series, THE MASKS OF AUNTIE LAVEAU, was published in 2002. The L.A. Times called it “ . . . a textbook on how to create a lively, accessible, smartly paced, entertaining suspense novel.” The third book, SAME TIME, NEXT MURDER, was published in July 2005 by St. Martin’s Press. She served as co-editor on the anthology LETHAL LADIES II (Berkley Books, 1997), and is the editor of—and contributor to--DEADLY HOUSEWIVES, published by Avon/Morrow in April 2006. Her short story collection, GENTLE INSANITIES AND OTHER STATES OF MIND, was published in the Fall of 2001. Under her real name, Marthayn Pelegrimas, she has written over forty short stories in the dark fantasy, science fiction and horror genres, appearing in such anthologies as BORDERLANDS 3, BEST OF THE MIDWEST, HOT BLOOD IX and HOT BLOOD X. She also edited and appeared in the original audio anthology HEAR THE FEAR (Durkin Hayes). Her story “The Living Donor,” was nominated by the Horror Writer’s of America for Best of the Year. Her short story, “I’m a Dirty Girl,” was optioned for a film. Her one act play, “Good Golly, It’s Holly” has been regionally produced twice. She is also the author of over 100 published poems. Her freelance articles and interviews have appeared in Omaha Magazine, Penthouse, St. Louis Magazine and Hot Talk. Her western short stories have appeared in the anthologies TIN STAR (Berkley, 2000), BOOT HILL (Forge, 2001), GUNS OF THE WEST (2001), DESPERADOS (2001), THE FUNERAL OF TANNER MOODY (2004) and TEXAS RANGERS (2004). Her historical novel, ON THE STRENGTH OF WINGS, was published in July of 2001. Presently she serves as Membership Chair and Event Coordinator for the Private Eye Writers if America. She will also be coordinating WF’s first awards ceremony in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is currently at work on a stand alone Paranormal thriller.
Matthew P. Mayo has written more than twenty-five books and dozens of short stories. His novel, Tucker’s Reckoning, won the Western Writers of America’s 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Novel. He has also been a Spur finalist in the Short Fiction category and a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award finalist. His novels include Winters’ War; Wrong Town; Hot Lead, Cold Heart; Dead Man’s Ranch; Tucker’s Reckoning; The Hunted; and many more.
Matthew’s nonfiction books include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers; Haunted Old West; Jerks in New England History, and numerous others. He also collaborated with his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, on a series of popular hardcover books. The Mayos run Gritty Press (www.GrittyPress.com) and rove North America full-time in their Ford pickup, towing an Airstream trailer, in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey, and high adventure. Stop by Matthew’s website (www.MatthewMayo.com) for a chin-wag and a cuppa mud.
Born and raised in Arizona, and recently returned after a 20-year absence in Pittsburgh, Kristy writes Old West romances to capture the landscapes that were such a big part of her childhood. Her first novel, The Wren, was a CAPA winner for Best New Author Traditional, a Texas Gold finalist, and a HOLT Medallion finalist for Best First Book. The Sparrow was the 2012 Winter Rose Winner in the Published Historical Division. Kristy holds two engineering degrees but storytelling has always been her favorite hobby. She travels frequently with her husband and channels her love of adventure by reviewing books for Women's Adventure magazine. She lives in the Arizona desert north of Phoenix, where she and her husband frequently remove (rescue) rattlesnakes from their property. Her four teenaged children are in varying stages of flying the nest, so her two chocolate labs—Ranger and Lily—are the recipients of her maternal instincts these days.
Jim Meals' childhood was spent watching Hopalong Cassidy on TV and devouring Fran Striker's Lone Ranger novels. Not surprisingly, he yearned to be a western hero. But people laughed whenever he put on a cowboy hat and he came to realize that his goal would have to be achieved vicariously. He writes westerns under the name, James Clay. Jim's idea of a fun evening is to discuss western writers from the nineteenth century dime novel era to the present. A collector of old time radio programs, he has been known to pontificate for hours on the differences between the TV and radio versions of Gunsmoke. Perhaps for that reason, he doesn't get invited to many social occasions, which allows him plenty of time for writing. A literary agent, James spends much of his working day grumbling about writers who consider their high school careers to be a source for The Great American Novel. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two cats, all of whom, he notes, are remarkably patient with him.
Rod Miller is author of four novels, two works of nonfiction, two books of poetry, and several anthologized poems and short stories. He is the recipient of two Western Writers of America Spur Awards, for poetry and short fiction, winner of the Westerners International Award for poetry, and finalist for Western Fictioneers Peacemaker awards for a novel and a short story.
Magazine articles and book reviews under his byline have appeared in a number of periodicals including Ranch & Reata, Roundup, American Cowboy, and Western Horseman. He is also author of several essays on the art and craft of writing poetry, which appear on CowboyPoetry.com. Other work includes Forewords and Introductions to books and magazine articles.
Rod grew up in a cowboy family in Utah working with horses and cattle, and rode bareback broncs in the rodeo arena for several years, including for the Utah State University Rodeo Team. He has served on the Executive Board and as Membership Chair of Western Writers of America. Read more online at www.writerRodMiller.com.
Meg Mims is an award-winning author and artist. Her first book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 WWA Spur Award for Best First Novel. Double or Nothing is the sequel, and both books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in ebook, print and Hardcover Library Large Print. Meg also writes contemporary romance novellas and is a staff writer for Lake Effect Living. She and her writing partner, w/a D.E. Ireland, have a cozy mystery series coming out in September 2014 starring Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins based on G.B. Shaw's Pygmalion.
Mark's debut western novel, Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave, was a finalist in the 2013 Peacemaker Awards (New Novel category). He is also a singer-songwriter of acoustic folk music, and an experienced mountain climber--having summitted almost all of Colorado's 14-thousand foot peaks. He currently resides in Minnesota. Website: www.MarkMitten.us
More, Clay (Keith Souter)
I live in England within arrow-shot of the ruins of a medieval castle. I am a part time doctor and I write medical books, general non-fictions books and westerns for Robert Hale. Also crime novels and historical crime.
Writing as Ross Morton, Nik has 4 western novels published: Death at Bethesda Falls, Last Chance Saloon, The $300 Man and Blind Justice at Wedlock. He’s the editor of A Fistful of Legends, 21 stories of the Old West, which contains a generous Introduction by James Reasoner. Nik is the author of the crime thriller Pain Wears No Mask and two psychic spy Cold War thrillers The Prague Manuscript and The Tehran Transmission, a collection of 21 crime short stories, Spanish Eye, a modern vigilante crime thriller, A Sudden Vengeance Waits, and a vampire crime thriller, Death is Another Life. As Robin Moreton, he’s the author of a World War I erotic thriller – Assignment Kilimanjaro. He sold his first story in 1971 and has had many articles and 107 short stories published, including ‘Spend it now, pay later’ in the Beat to a Pulp - Round One anthology. He won the Bookawards 2010 short story competition with the French Resistance story ‘Codename Gaby’ - see http://thebookawards.com/. Nik served in the Royal Navy for over twenty years and now lives in Spain with his linguist/musician wife Jennifer. Their daughter, son-in-law and grandson live nearby. Nik is Editor in Chief of Solstice Publishing and also reads submissions to their Solstice Westerns imprint – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nesbitt, John D.
John lives in the plains country of Wyoming, where he teaches English and Spanish at Eastern Wyoming College. He writes traditional western novels and short stories, contemporary fiction, mystery fiction, and retro/noir fiction. His articles, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He has had about thirty books published, including short story collections and novels as well as textbooks for his courses. John has won many awards for his work, including two awards from Wyoming Writers for encouragement of other writers and service to the organization, two Wyoming Arts Council literary fellowships (one for fiction, one for non- fiction), a Western Writers of America Spur finalist award, and three Spur awards. Visit his website at http://www.johndnesbitt.com
I write or have written novels, stage plays, short stories, screenplays under my own name and as James Reno, Peter Gentry, Christina Savage, and Shana Carrol. I have been at this job for about 35 years. I've come this far, reckon I'll keep at it. I wish you well.
Writing under the pseudonym Lyle Brandt, Michael Newton has also become a popular writer of Western novels. He has written a number of successful non-fiction titles as well, including a book on genre writing (How to Write Action Adventure Novels). His bookInvisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in Florida won the Florida Historical Society's 2002 Rembert Patrick Award for Best Book in Florida History. Newton's "Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology" won the American Library Association's award for Outstanding Reference Work in 2006. Newton is best known for his work on Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan series. Newton first began work on the Executioner series by co-writing "The Executioner's War Book" with Don Pendleton in 1977. Since then he has been a steady writer for the series with almost 90 entries to his credit, which triples the amount written by creator Don Pendleton. His skills and knowledge of the series have allowed him to be picked by the publishers to write the milestone novels such as #100, #200, and #300. www.michaelnewton.homestead.com
By day Micheal O'Flaherty
works as a librarian: by night he writes westerns under the pen name Mike
Deane. He has had two westerns published: Drive to Redemption by Robert Hale
and Wagon Hunt by Solstice Publishing. He lives in Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland with his long suffering wife and three daughters.
I come by my love of westerns naturally. My parents loved the genre in books, television, and old radio which, for me, consisted of cassette copies of shows like The Lone Ranger. My paternal grandfather loved western novels and devoured them. He amassed quite a collection, all of which went into storage after he died. A few years ago, my father and I divided up the novels. He took the Louis L'amour and I took the box that contained everything else. From this treasure chest, I got to see many of the covers whose images I still remembered from childhood and the names of all the authors. Some the names I knew (Luke Short, Max Brand) but others I didn't (Burt Arthur, J. T. Edson, William Colt MacDonald). It was a particular character, MacDonald's railroad detective Gregory Quist, that was the inspiration for my own western detective, Calvin Carter. When I create Calvin Carter yarns, I have only one thing in mind: Write something my grandfather would have liked. By day, I'm a technical writer in my native Houston. My wife is a jewelry artist and my son is in sixth grade. I contribute a column to a group blog, Do Some Damage, devoted primarily to mysteries.Pelegrimas, Marcus
Pete Peterson is a member of Western Writers of America and of Western Fictioneers, an award-winning artist, the great-grandson of a Confederate veteran and descended from Cherokees who trudged the Trail of Tears. He is a devotee and student of frontier history and fiction, a lover of Western art. “My novels are not great literature, my paintings are not masterpieces. But if you are regular folks like me, you may like what I do. “My writing stems from a lifelong fascination with the American West—it’s history, myths and legends. I became a devotee and student of frontier history and fiction at an early age. My novels are campfire tales, thoroughly researched and true to the conditions and character of the country and its inhabitants as they existed then. “I paint the things I see and love in the world around me—nature, wildlife, and interesting characters I encounter in real life and in the pages of history. I do not believe that a painting must be surrealistic, weird or depressing to be art. Nor do I make apologies that my work is recognizable for what it was intended to represent. If my painting must make a statement, let it say, “Welcome. Enjoy. I hope this makes you feel good.” www.petepetersonok.com
Cheryl was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a B.A. in English. She has taught numerous writing classes and workshops over the past years and also works on an individual basis with many of her students, and other authors, locally and nationwide. Cheryl’s most recent publications include her third full-length novel, SWEET DANGER, published through The Wild Rose Press. Her debut novel, FIRE EYES, is a western historical also published with TWRP. She has also sold multiple short stories to Victory Tales Press for their romance anthologies, and was very honored to have had three of her stories selected for inclusion in their “A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION” anthologies. Although Cheryl has sold articles to local newspapers as well as these many short stories, her first love remains romance novel writing. With the release of TIME PLAINS DRIFTER, her debut novel in the speculative romance genre of paranormal/time travel, she garnered the Honorable Mention Award in the “Best New Paranormal Author” category in the prestigious PEARL contest, presented 3/21/10. This book will be re-released through Western Trail Blazers sometime in the summer of 2011. Cheryl lives with her husband in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she has been for the past 25 years. She has two grown children, ages 21 and 24.You can visit her website at http://www.cherylpierson.com You can e-mail her at email@example.com You can visit her blogs at: http://www.cherylpiersonbooks.blogspot.com and also at http://www.westwindsromance.blogspot.com Visit her Amazon author page for a complete list of all work at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002JV8GUE
Matthew Pizzolato has been interested in Westerns all of his life. Growing up, he didn't idolize athletes or musicians like so many other's his age. His heroes were Louis L'Amour, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and the characters they portrayed. He writes primarily Westerns but has been known to dabble in historical fiction and sci-fi. His short stories have been published online and in print. He writes a weekly NASCAR column for Insider Racing News and is a contributing writer for Suite101.com. He can be contacted via his personal website: www.matthew-pizzolato.com. When he's not writing, Matthew is the editor and webmaster of The Western Online.
I stumbled into writing after discovering Jim Wright’s FAR WEST pocket-sized magazine during a two hour class break while attending Madison Area Technical College. After reading several of the short stories, I thought: I can do this. I went home, knocked out two short stories and mailed them off. And promptly forgot about them. A few weeks later, the Editor, Scott McMillan called to say he wanted the two stories I had submitted and asked if I had more. It was a very early morning call on a very cold day in Wisconsin. I thought I was hallucinating. I hung up and called him back, and was very pleasantly surprised that it had not been a dream. The rest just happened. Scott introduced me, via ‘phone, to Greg Tobin, who was then at Tower. Dale Walker read my second book -- reviewed it for the Round-Up -- and that opened the door to BCI and the Stagecoach Series for Bantam. I love reading and writing western fiction, and I believe in the genre; which is uniquely “American”. I’m looking forward into getting back into the game.
Murray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota. His first novel was released in Toronto in 1988 and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. Since that time he has published ten more novels, two collections of short stories, and several nonfiction titles. He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel. Murray lives and writes in southwestern Alberta and is currently published by Barbour, Baker, Harper One, Zondervan, and Harvest House as well as several other publishing firms – he works with publishers in Canada, America, the UK, and Holland. His releases for 2013 include the novels: Ashton Park, The Rose of Lancaster County, A Road Called Love, Seven Oaks, and the western The Painted Sky. His diverse writing spans many genres including: historical fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, romance, adventure, western, suspense, fantasy, and inspirational. Most of his work is available in ebook format for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook as well as in paperback.
ROBERT J. RANDISI is the author of more than 540 books in the Western, Private Eye, Men's Adventure, and Horror genres. As J.R. Roberts he is the creator and author of the long running series "The Gunsmith." He also wrote a created the Tracker, Angel Eyes, Bounty Hunter, Mountain Jack Pike, Widowmaker, Gamblers, Sons of Daniel Shaye and Ryder series. Born in Brooklyn, New York he currently resides in Clarksville, Missouri--a town of 500 people overlooking the Mississippi River--with writer "Christine Matthews."
I write novels and short stories for money (although I'll occasionally write a short story for a non-paying market if it's something I really want to do) and book and movie reviews for fun on my blog, which can be found at http://jamesreasoner.blogspot.com. I started out as a mystery writer nearly 35 years ago and still work in that genre and others, but I've done more Westerns than anything else. I've been married to best-selling, award-winning author, uncredited collaborator, editor, and plotter Livia J. Washburn for nearly 35 years. (Note the similarity between the length of my marriage and the length of my writing career. Coincidence? I don't think so.) We live in the same small town in Texas where we both grew up, although it's not so small anymore. (We have a Wal-Mart now!) After all these years, I still love to write and can't imagine doing anything else. My website is www.jamesreasoner.net.
Dusty Richards went to those Saturday matinees with Gene, Roy and Hoppy. He read every western book in the libraries despite his English teacher's complaints, and sold made up book reports to dumb boys in high school for a buck. "Guns On the Brazos" by T J Brown, the story of a Texas ranger who etc… That was when 50 cents an hour was what you made working. Dusty has written over a hundred novels under his name and pseudonyms, books of short stories, several columns. He won two Oklahoma Writers Federation books of the year, won a Spur for The Horse Creek Incident, and also an Amazon Short "Comanche Moon." "The Sundown Chaser" was awarded the Cowboy Hall and Western Heritage Center's Wrangler Award. Book of The Year. The Cowboy Symposium gave him the achievement award and he's in the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame. Rodeo announced and has a gold card from the PRCA and the IPRA. Dusty did lots of ranching, and held lots of auctions. Doctored chickens for Tyson for 34 years, and was the morning man on radio for a dozen years and then TV anchor in W Arkansas/eastern Oklahoma for almost a decade. Pat and Dusty live on Beaver Lake in NW Arkansas.
Rizzo is the author of Last Stand at Bitter Creek, a historical action-adventure novel set in the mid- to late-1800s. The creative writing bug bit Tom early in life when he worked at a small radio station, writing news, sports, commercials, obituaries, and anything that needed written. His writing career has taken him from radio and television news reporting to The Associated Press, where he worked as a correspondent, followed by several years in advertising and public relations. As a freelance writer, Tom published hundreds of articles, developed sales and marketing copy, and conducted workshops on communication skills. He now writes fiction full-time. He grew up in central Ohio, and lived in Great Britain for several years, where he prowled the side streets of London and southwest England, searching for literary treasures in dark and dusty bookshops. He now calls Houston, Texas, home.
I write book length and a VERY few short stories. Have been doing it full time now for more than 30 years (increedible!) and still love every minute of the doing. Before I started selling fiction I was a newspaper reporter. Used to raise Quarter Horses but now am a city boy. I have lived in the west, the midwest and briefly in Asia. Now I live in Spring Hill FL with my wonderful Filipina wife, four cats and a dog.
Jacquie is a former software designer,
campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is her
passion--westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, and all with lots of
adventure and a dash of romance. If an author can make her laugh, she'll buy
every book that writer ever wrote. One of the first western historical romances
she read was Hondo by Louis L’Amour and she’s been hooked ever since. While a
country girl by birth, she currently lives in the Seattle suburbs with her husband who knows if
she’s on deadline, he cooks. Can you ever take the country out of a girl's
heart? Probably not, and that’s why her stories often take place in Idaho where she grew up.
Much Ado About Marshals (Hearts of Owyhee #1) won the 2012 RttA Award for Best
Western, the CTRR Award, and garnered a NOR Top Pick. She owns the Romancing
The West blog which features a western writer (all sub-genres) each week,
started the Western Historical Romance Book Club on Facebook, and works hard at
rekindling the western audience.
Gordon Rottman lives outside of Houston, Texas, served in the Army for 26 years in a number of “exciting” units, and wrote war games for Green Berets for 11 years. He’s written over 120 military history books, but his interests have turned to adventurous young adult novels—influenced by a bunch of audacious kids, Westerns owing to his experiences on his wife’s family’s ranch in Mexico, and historical fiction focusing on how people really lived and thought—history does not need to be boring. His first Western novel is The Hardest Ride to be followed by more.
J. R. Sanders is a native of Newton, Kansas, one of the original "wild and woolly" cowtowns. His deep interest in Old West history dates back to childhood visits with his family to the Dalton Gang hideout, Abilene, and Dodge City. As a youngster he was dragged kicking and screaming to Southern California, and has yet to escape. J.R. has written feature articles for a variety of publications, among them Law & Order and Wild West. His book Oak Glen and Los Rios Rancho, a photographic history of Southern California’s pioneer apple ranches, was released by Arcadia Publishing in August, 2006. His first children's book (and first work of fiction), The Littlest Wrangler, was released by Moonlight Mesa Associates in June, 2010. the Littlest Wrangler has won awards from the Arizona Authors' Association's 2011 Arizona Literary Contest and was a finalist in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. His book Some Gave All: Forgotten Old West Lawmen Who Died With Their Boots On was released by Moonlight Mesa Associates in December, 2013. An active living historian, J.R. has portrayed 19th-century soldiers, cowboys, lawmen, and Gold Rush prospectors in presentations to schools, colleges, and historical societies throughout Southern California, as well as for the Autry Museum of the American West and the Huntington Library. He has written public service spots for local cable television broadcast and has worked both on-camera and behind the scenes on A&E/History Channel’s documentary series Dangerous Missions. J.R. is a member of the Western Writers of America and the Wild West History Association. He lives in Southern California (still) with his wife, Rose, and dog, Monte.
In my early years, in the ‘30s, the Depression in full swing, my thirst for new things at a full gallop, pulp magazines stuffed much of the void. I lived in the lap of history, 100 yards from Old Ironsides in the Charlestown Navy Yard, my father often Charge of Quarters. I particularly loved any pulp westerns I could get my hands on, devouring each word. The covers were glorious paintings of cowboys riding horses with wild eyes, their guns firing away, lassos working a whirling magic, or running ahead of a cattle stampede or Indians chasing them to cover. The west was dynamic, a real place that hung out there on the edge of the rest of the country. It was country country. And it came with the Saturday afternoon cowboy movies at the theater.
I loved the romance of the language, the demand of phonetics at my ear, the sounds calling now to be repeated from my reading past, from my guarded silences. My reading niches were rooftops of three-decker apartment houses with pigeon coops scattered like dominoes, summer bees by the hundreds; in a cellar with coal dust in the air from a recent delivery down a noisy coal truck’s chute, or in a silent hallway where most of the tenants were working when they were lucky to have a job.
In those delicious hours, armies of cowboys came and went, and I reaped the rewards of valor, every bit of text, every word issued, every sound uttered … and special silence that came my way when nothing happened, waiting on the vigor of my imagination. Those characters and their good deeds are present yet, slipping away from past times, odd footholds, to greet me again. It’s like pay-back time for me.
I served in 31st Infantry Regiment, Korea, 1951, and graduated Boston College, 1956. Poetry books include This Rare Earth & Other Flights; Ah, Devon Unbowed and The Saugus Book. I have 24 Pushcart nominations, and work in many internet sites/print issues/anthologies including 360 stories on Rope and Wire Magazine, and in multiple issues of Rosebud Magazine, The Linnet’s Wings, Ocean Magazine, Nervous Breakdown, Eskimo Pie, Faith-Hope-Fiction, Subtle Tea, Danse Macabre, Deep South Magazine, Best of Sand Hill Review, Frontier Tales and Best of Frontier Tales, Western Online, The Big Adios, Wilderness House Literary Review, MGVersion2Datura, Dew on the Kudzu, Literary Orphans, Eastlit, and Nazar Look, etc. My work has been published in Romania, France, Ireland, England, Scotland, Italy, Thailand, China, Mexico, Canada, etc. My eBooks from Milspeak Publishers are Korean Echoes, nominated for a Distinguished Military Award, and The Westering, nominated for a National Book Award. My 2013 eBooks are Murder at the Forum, Death of a Lottery Foe, Death by Punishment, and An Accountable Death from Danse Macabre-Lazarus in Las Vegas. Other print and eBooks include the collections Epic Cures (with an Indie Award); Brief Cases, Short Spans, Press 53; A Collection of Friends and From the Quickening, Pocol Press, which will soon release In the Garden of Long Shadows and 7 western collections, including Where Skies Grow Wide, The Nations, and Cross Trails. Now in my 87th year, I write 1000 words a day.
Boston Globe’s Alan Lupo (RIP) once said, “Sheehan is Dos Passos reincarnated and drives a story into our souls as if it were an old Buick Roadmaster.”
Jory Sherman began his literary career as a poet in San Francisco’s famed North Beach in the late 1950s, during the heyday of the Beat Generation. His poetry and short stories were widely published in literary journals when he began writing commercial fiction. He has won numerous awards for his poetry and prose and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters for his novel, Grass Kingdom. He won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America for The Medicine Horn. He has also won a number of awards from the Missouri Writers Guild, and other organizations. Sherman was a book producer, packaging books for many major publishers, including Avon, Bantam, Berkley, Paperjacks, Pinnacle, Harlequin Gold Eagle, Zebra, and others. His CHILL series of mysteries, published by Pinnacle, appeared in 14 countries. He has published more than 400 books since 1965, more than 1000 articles and 500 short stories. In 1995, Sherman was inducted into the National Writer’s Hall of Fame. He lived in the Ozarks for over 20 years, last making his home in Branson. His writing regularly appears in The Ozarks Mountaineer and Ozarks Monthly his latest collection of Ozarks pieces are in The Hills of Home, published by Hardshell Word Factory. He now lives on a lake in northeast Texas. His latest novels, The Dark Land, Sunset Rider and Texas Dust were published by Berkley. The first novel in his new series, THE OWLHOOT TRAIL, Abilene Gun Down was published by Pocket Books on June 1wt, 2004. He recently completed writing 2 new series for Berkley, THE VIGILANTE, and THE SAVAGE GUN. He also just completed writing a series for Harper Collins, THE SHADOW RIDER. He wrote 2 novels under the name of his deceased friend, Ralph Compton: The Palo Duro Trail and The Ellsworth Trail for Signet. His latest novel in The Baron series, THE BARON HONOR, , was published by Forge Books in January, 2005. His collection of Ozarks short stories, published by AWOC in trade paperback, THE SADNESS OF AUTUMN. Recently AWOC published two new short story collections, LITTLE JOURNEYS, with an introduction by Richard S. Wheeler, and SHADOWS OF YESTERYEAR, a collection of western stories with an introduction by Loren D. Estleman. Jory painted the cover of The Alamo for this one. Sherman recently completed THE ABILENE TRAIL for Signet, a Ralph Compton Trail Drive book, SAVAGE VENGEANCE for Berkley, in his Savage Gun series, and DEATH RATTLE, also for Berkley, in his Sidewinder series. Literary critics consider Sherman to be among the top 5 of western writers, according to Dale Walker, historian. Warren French, former professor of literature at the University of Florida, wrote that: “Jory Sherman has a strange and powerful knowledge of language and an almost perfect ear.” Sherman continues to write novels and short stories as well as conduct writing workshops. He lives in Pittsburg, Texas with his wife, Charlotte. www.jorysherman.com
Troy D. Smith was born in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. He writes in a variety of genres, achieving his earliest successes with westerns -his first published short story appeared in 1995 in Louis L'Amour Western Magazine. He won the Spur Award in 2001 for the novel Bound for the Promise-Land (being a finalist on two other occasions), and is also a winner and two-time finalist of the Peacemaker Award. He gained his doctorate in history from the University of Illinois, and currently teaches American Indian History at Tennessee Tech University. He served as president of Western Fictioneers in 2012 and 2013, and is editor of WF's series Wolf Creek..
Charlie Steel, Tale-Weaver Extraordinaire: Charlie Steel has put heart into countless dreams and brought them to life just as he has done with the people in his tales. Steel has worked since early childhood and held many jobs. He has traveled widely, read voraciously, and obtained five academic degrees including a Ph.D. He is the common man; he is the eccentric man. Hunting, fishing and the solitude of the outdoors are his great loves. This solitude provides him with the catalyst for many stories. Charlie Steel lives on an isolated ranch at the base of Greenhorn Mountain in Southern Colorado. (submitted by Condor Publishing, Inc.) Web site: www.charliesteel.net
I write novels and short stories. Currently, I'm writing the Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series for Berkley with two novels out, one in production, and one I'm in the middle of writing. I also write non-fiction articles and book reviews. Outside of writing, I'm also a full time freelance back of the book indexer. I've indexed over 650 books in 12 years, covering a broad range of topics; religion, politics, business, and a ton of computer books for Pearson Education and Cengage. I also volunteer weekly for a local bird rehabber, and my wife of 26 years, Rose, do everything from clean cages to feed the owls and hawks their daily rats. I've held everything from a baby hummingbird all the way up to a bald eagle--which was one of the most amazing and scary experiences of my life. If I had more time, I'd blog, play guitar a lot better than I do, and spend more time outdoors with my camera, I live in Noblesville, Indiana, which is a suburb of Indianapolis, and I get out west as often I can. I lived in Texas for five years, and still consider the state my second home--but they still consider me a Yankee. For more info about me check out my web site: www.larrydsweazy.com. I'm also the awards chair for WF, so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
1889, the same year South Dakota became a state and the Dakota Territory as a whole ceased to exist, Greenberry (GB) and Eliza Ann Thompson, my grandparents, made the move from "Missoura" to "Dakota" in a covered wagon to homestead. In 1897, the same year Geronimo enlisted into the army as a scout, my father was born. I came along in 1938 and spent the first part of my life on a farm near a corner of the Rosebud Indian Reservation where my dad traded with local Indians and I rode a horse to an all-eight-grades-in-the-same-room school while learning to shoot at the age of eight. Later, when one of my brothers died six months after my mother, my dad called it quits on farming and the family broke up, but the Black Hills were always there, along with stories of Indian wars, legends of Deadwood, Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull, Wild Bill Hickok, Casey Tibbs and rodeos. Near Sioux Falls, as a teenager, I looked down from a foot bridge into the Devil's Gulch that Jesse James is said to have jumped to escape the largest posse ever formed. My father loved telling stories and I loved to listen. Until he died at the age of 76, I sat at the feet of the master. For years, I dreamed dreams of inventions and made up poems, songs and kid's stories and submitted articles to magazines that were always rejected. When I finally decided to write a book at the age of 70, could it be anything but a western? When I began to write, I realized that all the time I had been listening to my father, I had been learning the lingo and facts of the end of an era. When I sent off my first book, "The Black Hills," I expected the usual rejection notice, but instead, much to my surprise, everyone seems to be loving it for which I'm extremely grateful.
Phil Truman has authored three of what he calls, “Oklahoma-centric” novels. His first, GAME, an American Novel is a sports inspirational about the intensity and value of schoolboy football. Legends of Tsalagee weaves a tale of mystery, adventure, and romance in a small town. Red Lands Outlaw, the Ballad of Henry Starr is Phil’s first foray into the western genre in this historical novel about the life and times of an Oklahoma outlaw. He is currently working on two fiction projects: a second historical western novel set in 1880-90’s Indian Territory, and the first in a novella-sized series of what he intends to be western mysteries. He has won numerous awards for his short fiction, and his western short story “Last Will for an Outlaw” will appear in LaFrontera’s anthology, Dead or Alive, due to be released June 2013. Phil’s website is: http://philtrumanink.com/
Van Pelt, Lori
LORI VAN PELT is an award-winning poet, fiction and nonfiction writer. She won a Western Writers of America Spur Award for the lead tale in her short fiction collection, Pecker’s Revenge and Other Stories from the Frontier’s Edge (University of New Mexico Press). Her western short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including most recently the Piccadilly Press ebook Livin’ on Jacks and Queens. In addition, she is the author of three nonfiction books including Amelia Earhart: The Sky’s No Limit (American Heroes series, Forge), which was named to the New York Public Library’s “Best Books for the Teen Age” list. Lori is currently the assistant editor of the online encyclopedia WyoHistory.org. Website http://www.lorivanpelt.com.
I am about 250 titles shy of Bob Randisi's total because in the past decade or so I have slowed down to only 5 or 6 books a year. I've written in a couple western series (more than 100 titles in one since 1984--let me recommend Slocum and the Four Seasons, Slocum Along Rotten Row and Slocum and the James Gang, if you need something to read). I've published 10 or so epic westerns under the Karl Lassiter pen name and will launch a new name in February, Jackson Lowry, with the Sonora Noose. The other half of my novel length output has been f&sf, with a few mysteries, spy books (back in the day Randisi and I both wrote for the Nick Carter series) and high tech thrillers tossed in. I am currently hard at work on the video game tie-in for God of War 2. Short stories, not so much, but I did have one in Lost Trails. A considerable amount of my effort lately has been directed toward e-publication. I have a couple dozen on Kindle and iTunes, with the iPad being a new market as well as Kobobooks. My sf cronies and I spend an inordinate amount of time discussing e-this and e-that. I live in Albuquerque and have for a very long stretch of my life. I used to build H-bombs for the government but decided writing was a lot more fun, if more dangerous work. My son is in his final year of college and doing far better than I ever did academically. I have two cats that look like furry tanks because I feed them too much and am currently smitten with that paragon of tech, the iPad. Some day I hope to write a book half as good as most of those by James Reasoner.
Between 350 to 400 books published under my own name and 42 pseudonyms. Among the more notable are: Brandywine’s War, an iconoclastic novel of the Vietnam War which was selected by the Canadian University Symposium of Vietnam Literature as best comic novel of the war. This book is also a part of the Vietnam Studies program at Texas Tech University. The Valkyrie Mandate which was about the assassination of President Diem, parts of which, were read into the Watergate Hearings. The War Torn, a mini-series about WWII. Twenty-three Romance novels, writing as Paula Moore, Paula Fairman, and Patricia Matthews, with total sales of over fifteen million copies. Two of these romance novels, Love’s Bold Journey, and Love’s Sweet Agony, were number one on the NYT and PW bestseller lists. The American Chronicles – a decade by decade account of the 20th century. Published originally by Bantam, they are continuing to sell as “E-Reads” books. The novel Andersonville, which was a television mini-series on TNT. Wrote, produced, and appeared in the History Channel documentary Vietnam Homecoming. I have written over two hundred Westerns, mostly under pseudonyms, I won the spur in 1994 for SURVIVAL, writing as K.C. McKenna, the Readwest Presidential award, and the WF Lifetime Achievement Award. I am also a member of the National Writers' Hall of Fame. Personal History - Served in the US Army for 23 years, with tours in Korea, Germany, and three combat tours in Vietnam. Participated in the atmospheric nuclear bomb tests in 1957, participated in the civil-rights deployment during the time of James Meredith’s enrollment at the University of Mississippi, was deployed to Homestead AFB as part of the potential invasion force during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Was a helicopter pilot during three tours in Vietnam, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, The Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal for valor with 35 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. During military career was selected as most outstanding military writer (for articles in Aviation Digest) six times. Was on-air Television personality in Portsmouth, VA, and in Phoenix, AZ, and have been a national military consultant for FOX NEWS and CNN.
Vickery, Rebecca J.
Rebecca is a resident of South Carolina with a dash of Native American ancestry which probably inspired her love for horses and all things Western. Author of the contemporary New Adult Western, Seeking Shelter, she is also an independent publisher, editor, and researcher. She married her own special cowboy when she was nineteen and they have one son and three wonderful grandchildren. Little Britches by Ralph Moody, Flicka by Mary O'Hara, and the early Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour novels she filched from her father had a lasting impact on Rebecca's Western reading and writing. One of her goals is to help insure that quality Westerns with strong heroes and heroines, lessons about good triumphing over evil, and excellent story-telling will be available for readers like her grandchildren in the years to come. For more information about this author, please visit http://rebeccajvickeryauthor.com
Alfred Wallon is a native German and writes westerns since 1981. He has written about 150 short novels and 50 hardcovers and trade paperbacks for various German publishers. He has written everything from historical westerns, horror and science-fiction to fantasy, adventure and gothic romances. But the classic historical western genre is his favorite. He joined Western Writers of America in summer 2006 as an active member. Since then he has written and published also original English western novels, mostly in collaboration with British western writer Ben Bridges. His acclaimed German western series RIO CONCHO is currently being published by Piccadilly Publishing in England. The author´s website: http://www.alfredwallon.de.tl/Home.htm
Under the names Livia J. Washburn and L.J. Washburn, Livia Reasoner has been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery, western, romance, and historical novels for almost thirty years. She began to write in collaboration with her husband, author James Reasoner, and soon branched out into telling her own stories. Livia and James have had a long career working together, tweaking and editing each others stories. In addition to writing, Livia enjoys photography, arts, crafts, and cooking, but she also loves having a pile of lumber, a circular saw, and a building project. An accomplished carpenter, she has framed houses and built more sets of bookshelves than she can remember, some of which have been filled with the books she’s written. A good day for her includes having time to create something new in the kitchen, on a story, and in the garage. Livia lives in the Texas countryside with her husband, two daughters, and her dogs. Her website can be found at www.liviawashburn.com, and she blogs when she can find the time at http://liviajwashburn.blogspot.com.
During his checkered career, Joseph A. West has been a police officer, news reporter, editor and latterly Western scribe. As a reporter in the early 1970s, he had the dubious honor of being blown up twice in the same day by the IRA, and a week later getting his car shot up by a bent-out-of-shape sniper. Of course, it was nothing personal, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. West lives in Lake Worth, Florida, with his wife Emily - a stern, 23rd generation Yankee - and their three cats. He has one daughter, Alexandria, who is a better writer and much smarter than he is. Born and raised in Scotland, he loves haggis, whiskey, the 1911 pistol, SASS and his wife. Not necessarily in that order.
Western Trail Blazer/Troy D. Smith, Robin SmithWhipple, Charles
Patron Western Fictioneers Deputy
Western Trail Blazer is an Independent Publisher with a love of stories of the American West. Founded in June 2010, by Rebecca J. Vickery with the help of Cover Design Artist, Laura Shinn, our mission is to help revive and rejuvenate the Western genre. By assisting authors one-on-one, providing a quality product, and making our books affordable to our readers, we seek to encourage the love of Westerns in an entirely new generation using the latest technology available. Now owned by Troy D. & Robin Smith.
Charles T. Whipple is a native of Arizona who resides in Chiba, Japan. Whipple writes fiction and nonfiction. His articles have appeared in many magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Honolulu magazine, Tokyo Journal, Cruising World, Boating New Zealand, Sport Diver, and more. His nonfiction books include Seeing Japan, Inspired Shapes, and several in Japanese. He writes western novels under the pen name of Chuck Tyrell for Robert Hale Ltd.'s Black Horse Westerns line, contributed short stories to the Express Western anthologies Where Legends Ride and A Fistful of Legends. He also co-edited the latter volume with Nik Morton. He has won prizes for both advertising and journalism, and received the Agave Award in the Oaxaca International Literature Competition in 2010. His novel, The Snake Den, won the 2011 Global eBook Award in the western fiction category. Whipple was a lifetime member of the now-defunct National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History. He is a current member of Arizona Authors Association, Western Writers of America, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Tauranga Writers Inc., and, of course, Western Fictioneers. Whipple is married, has one wife, two sons, four daughters, almost 18 grandchildren, and one dog. He is fluent in spoken and written Japanese, and understands many forms of English. His Tokyo-based company prepares English-language corporate literature for clients in Japan.
“Love being a new WF member,” says Big Jim Williams. “It has opened doors to new friends and wonderful publishing opportunities.” Recent credits include: “Sarah’s Christmas Miracle,” in WF’s, Wolf Creek: Book 10, O Deadly Night, and Chapter 1, in WF’s forthcoming, Wolf Creek Book 12, The Dead of Winter; “The Coat,” in the mid-2014 anthology, Broken Promises (La Frontera Press), recent publishers of Big Jim’s, “The Bounty Hunters,” in the, Dead or Alive book, and, “The Mashed Potato/Cranberry Thanksgiving Murder Case,” in, the Killer Wore Cranberry, Room for Thirds (Untreed Reads). His first Western novel tentatively titled, A Deadly Texas Cattle Drive, is now in the hands of High Noon Press. He sold his first western story, “Buckshot’s Thanksgiving,” to Western Horseman Magazine in 1998. His, The Old West, audio book was included in The Best of Westerns (year 2000) package with Jack London, Louie L’Amour, Owen Wister and Bill Brooks. He narrated his second book, Tall Tales of The Old West (2001). He’s written westerns for Frontier Tales, Rope And Wire, Cardroom Poker News, Shoot!, Livestock Weekly, American West, and SNIPLITS. He’s loved westerns since Depression-era, 12-cent Saturday matinees and watching Hopalong Cassidy destroy evildoers and help the good guys. After a long radio career, Big Jim became a professional publicist writing press releases that “often bordered on fiction.” He’s also been published in OverMyDeadBody, Orchard Press Mysteries, Suspense, Writers’ Journal, Radio World, Writers Weekly, and in the bppks, At Home and Abroad: Prize-Winning Stories; Murder to Mil-Spec, and The Last Man, with Ray Bradbury, London, and Poe. He and his writing wife, Joan, have two sons, and four grandchildren. His blog is: westernauthorbigjimwilliams
I was born and raised in Nebraska. With the exception of three years as an MP in the US Army, including thirteen months in Korea, and a few years in Maryland & Pennsylvania, I have lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. Retiring after seventeen years with the US Government in 2006 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, formally the Soil Conservation Service, I spent a week at the John C Campbell Folk Art School where Phyllis was teaching. Enrolling in a creative writing class, I discovered I have a passion for writing. In my early writing career my column A Senior Moment appeared in our local seniors quarterly 55+. My real writing love is fiction. My first published short story UNDER NEBRASKA SKIES, a western, was published in the summer edition of Wanderings. LAST ASSIGNMENT, a police story, were published in the winter edition of The Storyteller. Since then, another western short, MARQUEZ, and the mystery genera stories CIVIC DUTY and A LITTLE ROBBERY have also appeared in The Storyteller. UNDER NEBRASKA SKIES finished second in the 2008 Aspiring Authors Writing Contest and has been reprinted by The Storyteller and as a Dime Novel by Western Trail Blazer along with MARQUEZ. UNWANTED REPUTATION can also be found at Western Trail Blazer. I currently have six completed short stories Phyllis affectionately calls “the geezer series”, three of which have been published. REVERSAL OF FORTUNE appeared in the 2009 anthology Voices II; An Anthology of Short Stories, PAINT IT BLACK in the anthology Writing On Walls III and CIVIC DUTY in The Storyteller. I have hopes the other three will see the light of day. My remaining writing goal is to have a novel published. With a little luck, or maybe I should say a lot of luck, and if the Lord’s willing, someday I may see this come to pass. I’ve been married to my best friend Phyllis Maurer for 35 years. We share our house with one irritable cat.
Fascinated by his father's tales of the frontier, Jim Woolard earned a doctorate researching the early history of Kentucky and Ohio. Jim’s goal in writing historical fiction is to accurately portray frontier life in the form of personal memoirs. His first novel, Thunder in the Valley, won the 1996 Western Writers of America’s Medicine Pipe Award for best first novel and the 1996 Spur Award for best original paperback novel. Winds of Autumn, Cold Moon, and Blood at Dawn followed Thunder in the Valley. Jim recently completed Feathered Tide, a major novel based on the River Raisin Massacre and the first siege of Fort Meigs during the War of 1812. Kensington will issue the first of Jim's Civil War novels, Raiding With Morgan, in hardcover, May 14, 2014. Jim also writes young adult novels. Recent publications include: Colorado Sam, an adventure/murder mystery featuring a huge dog and a young man in great danger set in 1891 Alamosa, Colorado. Jersey Red, the story of a runt redbone coonhound that helps a young man find the courage to confront the school bully and uphold his family’s good name. Ozark Red, a novel about a father, his estranged son and the champion coonhound that reunites them. Jim was born in central Ohio, the setting for Jersey Red and Ozark Red. Most in the events in Ozark Red actually occurred in Jim’s teenage years with his father, a policeman and county dog warden who bred and hunted redbone coonhounds. Jim resides in Newark, Ohio, with his wife, Nancy, and Monty, a cavalier King Charles spaniel. He spends much time prowling the historical sites, museums and national forests of Ohio and northern Kentucky researching future frontier novels.