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Alexander, Agnes

Since childhood, Agnes Alexander has been intrigued with all things western. After a 30 day vacation in the west, she knew this was a part of the country and a history she wanted to write about. It was after leaving the business world that she decided it was time to pursue her dream. She decided to write her western romances with the title being a woman’s name, each with a beginning letter of the alphabet, though not in order. Her first in this genre was published in 2012. Her books have consistently been on one of her publisher’s best seller list and 5 have made it to Amazon’s top 100 list. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her website, www.agnesalexander.com.

Atkisson, Eric 

Born in Texas, raised in Wisconsin, and now a resident of Northern Virginia, Eric writes speeches for a living and fiction for fun. After retiring from the Army National Guard in 2014 with 22 years of service and three combat deployments to the Middle East, he focuses his free time now on his family, creative writing, and the outdoors. His recent stories have appeared in Every Day Fiction, Frontier Tales, and Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. A history enthusiast, he was an extra in the pilot episode for the Civil War drama POINT OF HONOR and enjoys soaking in the rich history of Virginia and surrounding region. He has a B.A. in History from Ripon College, a M.A. in Political Science from Texas State University-San Marcos, and an advanced professional certificate in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.

Baker, Madeline

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

Barnard, Sara 

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. 

Bell, Dorothy A.

Hello, Dorothy A. Bell here. I’m an author of Oregon western romance with Hartwood Publishing. Born in southern Iowa, but at the age of eleven the family migrated to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I married a boy I met in the sixth grade, and we’ve been married for fifty-two years. We recently purchased a tiny home and so far we are loving it. We have a long-haired dachshund named Hector—Heck for short—and Rocky, a big, angora tuxedo cat. I enjoy gardening and landscaping, making pickles and relish from my homegrown cucumbers, and salsa from my homegrown tomatoes. My Oregon historical western romance The Reprobate, Wildchild/Freya’s Bower Publishing, was nominated 2013 Rone Award for best American historical Romance. Dance Hall Road, the first of four novels in the Dance Hall Road series, released in July of 2017, came in among the top five in the historical romance category in the 2014 Easy Chair Bookshop Competition. My blog https://dabellm3.com for photos and free short stories.

Benton, W. R.

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

Bishop, Paul 

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.

Brandvold, Peter 

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.

Bridges, Ben

David Whitehead is a prolific English writer and publisher. Born in London in 1958, he sold his first book, THE SILVER TRAIL, in 1984. It marked not only the first appearance of his popular continuing character, freelance fighting man Carter O'Brien, but also the first time he used his best-known pseudonym, Ben Bridges. Since then David has written more than seventy books; westerns as Ben Bridges, Glenn Lockwood, Matt Logan, Doug Thorne, Carter West and ten under his own name. In addition to this he writes romantic fiction as Janet Whitehead and has co-authored numerous thrillers (including three acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels) with Hollywood screenwriter Steve Hayes. He also runs Piccadilly Publishing with Black Horse Western writer Mike Stotter. David's entire back-catalog is now available on Kindle, where all of his westerns are now being reissued under the Ben Bridges byline. For more details about David's work, please go to www.benbridges.co.uk.

Burns, Terry

Terry Burns writes westerns for the Christian market and for young adults and has over 40 books in print including 14 novels which isn’t many for this group. After being a literary agent for more than a decade he is returning to writing by releasing a number of his books that have never been available as ebooks in that form at http://www.amazon.com/Terry-Burns/e/B001JP4RHM/H These are free to Kindle Unlimited users. Print books can be found at the same location. A new contemporary western entitled "The Badge and the Bible" is featured there as is a traditional western entitled "Hounded."  A Young Adult book entitled "Beyond the Smoke" came out from BJU Press to win the Will Rogers Medallion. Terry is married to Saundra Burns, has five kids, ten grandkids and four great grands ranging from 24 years of age down to one month.

Cameron, Marc 

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

Clark, A. Steven 

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.

Collins, Max Allan 

Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus-winning Nathan Heller historical thrillers (Ask Not) and the graphic novel Road to Perdition, basis for the Academy Award-winning film. His innovative ‘70s series, Quarry, has been revived by Hard Case Crime (The Wrong Quarry) and he is developing novels from unfinished Mickey Spillane manuscripts (King of the Weeds), including the western The Legend of Caleb York, due from Pinnacle in 2015.  Collins wrote and directed the Lifetime movie Mommy and the documentary Mike Hammer’s Mickey Spillane on the Criterion edition of Kiss Me Deadly.  He and his wife Barbara write the Trash 'n' Treasure comic cozy mysteries (Antiques Con).

Cox, James Henry

Jim was born on November 25, 1935, in Essex, Missouri. He was the youngest of five siblings. His family moved six times before he entered third grade but finally settled in his birth town of Essex, a small town of five hundred people in the flat river bottoms of southeastern Missouri. After his father's death, Jim, along with his mother and youngest sister, moved into his grandparents' home when he was twelve. Money was scarce for the next few years but memories were built that have lasted a lifetime. Jim sat in awe as his grandpa told hour-long stories of his growing up years. Perhaps, a few small embellishments were added to enhance the effect. Jim lived with his brother in West Lafayette, Indiana, while attending Purdue University. It was during this time, Jim first started telling stories. The car ride to visit family in Essex was an eight hour journey, occurring during holidays, twice a year. Words were soaked up like a sponge by his nephew, Jay, as Jim’s stories came to life in the back seat. Telling stories to his four children was treasured, but somewhat limited due to Jim's busy work schedule. However, when his grandchildren appeared, time was taken to shape their minds with colorful tales almost daily. There was no end to the hundreds of stories told in bedrooms, playrooms, cars, or outside sitting on the grass. Often times, neighbor kids joined them with wide eyes and big ears. Jim has accepted the challenge from his children to record some of his stories for the generations of tomorrow. His writings will promote the need to live a good life with high morals as his vocal tales have always conveyed. His hope is to create the same excitement through script as through his vocal words. Jim resides in Syracuse, Indiana, with his wife, Wilma.

Cranmer, David

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).

Crider, Bill

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. 

Crisp, Kevin,

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.

Davis, John Neely 

In a farming community in west Tennessee, John Neely Davis was known as one of the premier riders of unruly stick horses. Between the ages of three and seven, he was thrown only once and that by an exceptionally rank sassafras. His father, a part-time Oklahoman, told tales of towns with exotic names: Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, Hoot Owl, and Lone Wolf. So, his love of the west was nurtured. His interest in the west continued and was intensified by the years of living in Amarillo and working in the Southwest. His western short stories have been published by Troy Smith’s, Western Trail Blazer. He has authored two novels with Appalachian themes and contributed to various anthologies.

More than half century ago, he was banished from The University of Tennessee for disinterest, impulsiveness, and poor spelling.

Dearen, Patrick 

Winner of the Peacemaker and Spur awards, Patrick Dearen is the author of twenty-one books. A native of Sterling City, Texas, he earned a bachelor of journalism from The University of Texas in 1974 and received several awards as a reporter for two West Texas daily newspapers.

Dearen wears two hats. As a nonfiction writer, he has produced books such as Crossing Rio Pecos, Devils River: Treacherous Twin to the Pecos, 1535-1900, The Last of the Old-Time Cowboys and Saddling Up Anyway: The Dangerous Lives of Old-Time Cowboys. His research has led to a dozen novels, including The Big Drift, winner of the Peacemaker Award, the Spur Award of Western Writers of America, the Fiction Book of the Year Award from Academy of Western Artists, and the Elmer Kelton Award from West Texas Historical Association. His novel To Hell or the Pecos won the 2014 Elmer Kelton Award and was a finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion Award. His other novels include Perseverance.

A ragtime pianist and backpacking enthusiast, Dearen makes his home in Midland, Texas, with his wife Mary and their son Wesley.

Dundee, Wayne 

Wayne lives in the once-notorious old cowtown of Ogallala, on the hinge of Nebraska's panhandle. He relocated there after spending the first fifty years of his life in the state line area of northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin. A widower, retired from a managerial position in the magnetics industry, Dundee now devotes full time to his writing. To date, he has had over twenty novels and more than three dozen short stories published.

Most of his early work featured his PI protagonist, Joe Hannibal. Titles in the Hannibal series have been translated into several languages and nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, and six Shamus Awards. Dundee is also the founder and original editor of Hardboiled Magazine.
In recent years Dundee has branched into the Western genre and has gained a growing following there. He is the recipient of three Peacemaker Awards from Western Fictioneers: DISMAL RIVER (best first Western novel 2011); This Old Star (best Western short story 2010); and Adeline (best Western short story 2012).
 
Dundee is planning more Westerns as well as further novels and stories featuring Joe Hannibal, and hopes to also find time to explore other genres. You can learn more about Big Wayne and his writing at:
http://fromdundeesdesk.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/Wayne.Dundee 
e-mail   wddundee@charter.net

Dunlap, Phil

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.   

Farmer, Ken

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.

Fisher, Dave P. 

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 trilogyand 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.

Garrett, Tracy

Award-winning, multi-published author Tracy Garrett has always loved to disappear into the pages of a book. An accomplished musician, Tracy merged her need for creativity, love of history, and passion for reading when she began writing western historical romance.

First published in 2007, Tracy joined Prairie Rose Publications in its inaugural anthology in 2013. She is a regular blogger on Petticoats and Pistols.

Tracy resides in Missouri with her husband and their fuzzy kid, Wrigley.

Find out more about Tracy at:
TracyGarrett.com
Petticoats and Pistols
Prairie Rose Publications blog
Facebook
Twitter 

Gese,  Scott A.
I come from an extended family of creative souls. Artists, designers, woodworkers and yes, even a couple of writers. So it was no surprise to me that I had inherited some of these creative genes. I dabbled in several mediums and as the old saying goes, “Jack of all trades, master of none” fit me well...that is until I discovered writing. I look back at this “discovery” as either accidental or divine providence, I'm not sure which. It happened about 9 or 10 years ago.

Having grown up in the 1950's when westerns were at the height of popularity in all forms of media, I was absorbed into the culture like many other kids my age. Over the years I've watched the popularity of the genre slip to a low point as it gave way to more current and popular topics such as vampires and werewolves. I felt the need to do something to help the western genre get back to center stage, so I started a western website called Rope and Wire. I use the site to help promote western authors and the West in general through western short stories and other articles. In the beginning, the site had very little content and I knew if it was to survive I needed to step up and add some of my own work. Problem was, I didn't have any of my own work. Up until this time I hadn't written much more than a grocery list. So I did my homework and figured out the basics of how to write a short story. With each story I wrote, it became easier. I was amazed to “discover” how much I actually loved to write. So my writing career didn't really start until I was fifty. Since then, the Rope and wire website has produced five ebooks and hosted two writing contests. I've published numerous short stories and one novella called “Dark Riders” under the pseudo name of Christopher Scott. I have my first novel ready to be sent to publishers. This will be authored under my given name, Scott A. Gese.

For the past 50 years I've lived on the west coast, in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Goheen, Ben

Ben's first published work of western fiction was Echoes of Massacre Canyon (Five Star-Cengage, 2016) written under the name Ben Tyler.. A second western novel, Mabry's Challenge, also written under the name Ben Tyler and published by Five Star-Cengage is due out later in 2016. A non-fiction book, With Shirttails Flying, was published in 2005. Shirttails is a true Hoosiers-like story about a Kentucky high school championship basketball team of which he was a member.

Ben currently lives in Western Kentucky near Kentucky Lake. He has a degree in Secondary Education from Murray State University. He worked as a high school teacher right out of college, and then moved on to the chemical manufacturing industry where he worked in the Human Resources field.

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.

GuinJerry

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.

Gunn, Johnny 

I’ve had a wonderful and varied time along this bumpy highway called life. I spent my early years in Santa Cruz, California, swimming, fishing, and wallowing in the splendor of redwoods, the Monterey Bay, and a loving family. Then, my four years of high school were spent living on the Island of Guam. That was back in the early 1950s Yes, Virginia, I am that old, but only in body, not spirit.

My first job in radio was in 1958. I bought the Virginia City Legend newspaper in that old western mining community in 1971, and retired from having a job in 2010. That’s when I changed from being a reporter of news to being a writer of fiction, and over these last few years have found my western and crime/mystery stories published as novels and in magazines and anthologies, around the world.

My beautiful wife Patty and I live on a small hobby farm about twenty miles north of Reno, Nevada, sharing space with a couple of fine horses, a flock of egg-producing chickens, and some breeding rabbits. You’re always welcome to visit. I need help cleaning those corrals.

Hanley, James

My background is somewhat diverse. I'm a retired Naval officer, former Human Resources Director and adjunct professor. I've been writing short stories for years (had over 80 published including some in the Western genre). I wrote 3 Western novels: The Calling (2014), An Ill Wind (2015) and The Train Robbers (due for release on September 8, 2016), all published by 5 Prince Publishing. I was honored that The Calling was a finalist in the Best First Novel by Western Fictioneers.

Hays, J.E.S.

J.E.S. Hays 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

Herzberg, Bob 

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.

Hirt, Doug

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

Jackson, Dale B.

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 

Jeppsen, Linell

Linell Jeppsen is a writer of science fiction and fantasy. Her vampire novel, Detour to Dusk, has received over 44- four and five star reviews. Her novel Story Time,  with over 130- 4 and 5 star reviews, is a science fiction, post-apocalyptic novel, and has been touted by the Paranormal Romance Guild, Sandy’s Blog Spot, Coffeetime Romance , Bitten by Books and 64 top reviewers as a five star read, filled with terror, love, loss, and the indomitable beauty and strength of the human spirit. Story Time was also nominated as the best new read of 2011 by the PRG! Her dark fantasy novel, Onio (a story about a half-human Sasquatch who falls in love with a human girl), was released in December 2012 and won 3rd place as the best fantasy romance of 2012 by the PRG reviewers guild! Onio also sports over 50- 4 and 5 star reviews!

Her novel, The War of Odds, won the IBD award for fantasy fiction and boasts 18- 5 star reviews since its release in February of 2013. It also placed 2nd, as the best YA, paranormal book of 2013 by the PRG!

She is in a collaborative effort with the Welsh author, J. Bryden Lloyd in, The Guardians- a science fiction, serialized thriller with over 30 reviews here and in the UK! The Guardians just won 2nd place as the best serialized science fiction novel of 2013 by the PRG!

Her latest effort, The Beginning of the Story (Story Time Prequel) is a must for those of you who loved Story Time.
Deadman’s Lament- a Western novel of Retribution and Revenge! Dead Man’s Lament already boasts over 86- 4 and 5 star reviews! It is also nominated for the RONE award for western fiction and the Global E-Book award!
… and coming soon   Deadman’s Fury!

For more information about Linell Jeppsen and her novels, visit http://neljeppsen.weebly.com, or http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/home.html

Joyner, C. Courtney

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.

Kelly, Carla

Carla is the author of more than 35 novels and umpteen short stories, as well as a few non-fiction works. She is probably best known for her Regency Romance novels, two of which have won Rita Awards from Romance Writers of America. Carla began her writing career – have to call it something – with a series of short stories about the post Civil War frontier army. Two of these stories were awarded Spur Awards for Short Fiction from Western Writers of America. She also has three Whitney Awards from LDStorymakers for her historical fiction novels, all of which are set in the West. There’s a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times somewhere in that mix, too.

Carla had worked a variety of jobs, ranging from journalist for a North Dakota daily newspaper, to contract researcher for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, public relations/medical writer for a tertiary care medical center, PR coordinator for a four-state hospice organization, university adjunct professor, and seasonal ranger with the National Park Service. By far her favorite gig was working for the Park Service at Fort Laramie NHS and Fort Union Trading Post NHS, where she was paid every two weeks for doing what she probably would have done for free.

Carla lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with her husband Martin, a retired director of academic theatre. Their five children are located here and there around the country. Carla isn’t retired because writers never retire. She has a cool website at www.carlakellyauthor.com.

Kohlhagen, Steven W. 

In August of 2002, Steve retired as Head of Fixed Income Sales and Trading, Global Derivatives, and Foreign Exchange at Wachovia.  He was previously responsible for building and running the Derivatives business at First Union since its inception in January 1993.  Previously, he was a Professor of International Finance and Economics, U.C. Berkeley for ten years, and then moved to Wall Street for ten years, structuring, trading, and marketing various fixed income and derivative products, largely for Bankers Trust and Lehman Brothers.  While at Berkeley, he spent two years on leave in Washington, D.C. at the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Treasury, and the Council of Economic Advisers.

Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.   He is currently on the Boards of Directors of Ametek, Inc., Reval, Inc., GulfMark Overseas, and Freddie Mac, and is currently writing murder mystery novels. He has published an award winning novel, “Where They Bury You,” and the sequel “Chief of Thieves” will be out this winter, both published by Sunstone Press. He and his wife Gale reside in Charleston, S.C. and Chromo, Colorado.  www.stevenwkohlhagen.com

Law, Steven

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.

Legg, John 

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

Long,  McKendree R. (Mike), III 

Mike is a former soldier whose awards and decorations include the Parachutist's Badge, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Silver Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Gold and Silver Stars). Retiring in 1980, he served the next 29 years as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch and began his first novel during his last years there. NO GOOD LIKE IT IS was published in March 2010 and the sequel (DOG SOLDIER MOON) was released by Goldminds Publishing in December 2011, and won a Gold Star from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) in 2012. The third piece of the trilogy (HIGHER GROUND) was published by High Hill Press in May 2015, and includes the battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Hickok. His two published Western short stories were finalists in 2014: THE RESURRECTION for a Peacemaker, and CHOTEAU'S CROSSING for a SPUR. Mike is active in Western Fictioneers, Ozark Creative Writers, MWSA, SERTOMA, SCV, and Western Writers of America (WWA), and is a Life Member of the NRA and VFW; he's also an avid collector and shooter of guns of the Old West, much to his wife's dismay. Married since 1960, Mike and Mary enjoy traveling but split most of their time between Blythewood and Seabrook Island, SC. They have two married daughters, five grandchildren, and one great grandson.

Lowrance, Heath 

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.

Lynch, Kristen 

I live in Boise, Idaho with my husband, four children and numerous pets. As a family we spend a lot of time outdoors and take advantage of all the great recreational amenities that are very easily accessible here in Southwest Idaho. I am a freelance writer and independent contractor for an SEO/Marketing firm but I love to write historical fiction in my spare time--especially westerns. I have a poem on Cowboypoetry.com, short stories on Rope and Wire, The Western Online and Frontier Tales and just completed my biggest writing accomplishment yet…my novel, "Silver" was just released with Pen-L Publishing and is available on Amazon and their website (http://www.pen-l.com/Silver.html).  I am very excited to be a part of this group and hope to learn a lot about others who share this passion for the west.

Johnstone, J. A.

Being the 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.’”

Mariotte, Jeffrey J.

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.

Martin, Kat

Bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written sixty five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels.  More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Her latest novel, Against the Tide, took the #7 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list.  This will be the 12th novel in a row to be included on that prestigious list.  Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.

Martin, L. J.

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. 

Matthews, Shayna

A misplaced westerner, Shayna Matthews was raised in rural Pennsylvania. A Revolutionary War era Reenactor since she was three, American history runs through her blood. She is a veteran weaver and even met her husband at an 18th Century gun show. 

Living history has only fueled her desire to chase her childhood dream - to write western fiction. She says the American West is the embodiment of human spirit; she strives to reflect that spirit in her stories. Shayna currently resides in Maryland with her husband Dave, their son, Zane, and two mischievous Welsh Corgis. 

1983 - Present. Active in 18th Century Living History reenactments, primarily French & Indian and Revolutionary War era. In 1992, she learned to weave straps and sashes for traditional dress and firearm usage. Her work can be found in numerous museums, television documentaries and the occasional historical movie. 

2012-Present. Active in 19th Century Old West Era encampments. Summer of 2015 she and her husband were invited to participate as background actors for the shooting of a Steampunk Western movie entitled “Outlawed Faith” by The Forge Studios.

In 2014, Shayna’s debut short story, The Legend of Venture Canyon, was released in Prairie Rose Publications’ anthology, Cowboys, Creatures and Calico Volume 1. 

October 2015 - “The Legend of Venture Canyon” is released as a single with Prairie Rose Publications.  As well, Shayna’s short non-fiction story, entitled “A Spot in the Woods” is published with Sundown Press’ anthology, “Memories from Maple Street, U.S.A. - Leaving Childhood Behind.”

Weaving fictional tales with words is a daily pastime for Shayna. Currently, she is working on researching and writing a series of epic western novels set in 1880s Texas.

Website: http://www.aventurewest.com

Mayo, Matthew

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.

McCaffrey, Kristy 

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.

McCall, J.D.

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee . . . uh, wait, that was Davy Crockett.  Ok, then; Daniel Boone was a man . . . no . . . no, that was his great, great, great uncle. How about this: Born and raised in Kansas, John (JD) McCall's first ever ambition was to be a stand-up comedian, a goal strongly discouraged by the many teachers who were forced to put up with his antics in class.  He did manage to finally shelve that aspiration and earned a B. A. in biology and a Master's degree in industrial hygiene before trying his hand at writing westerns late in life.  Having just had his second novel, South of Rising Sun, released by Western Trail Blazer, he wonders what he is doing here among such prolific and talented writers on Western Fictioneers but hopes to gain from them some invaluable knowledge on how to craft an even better third effort, as well as a few tips on how to promote his work. He resides in the city of his birth, Ottawa, Kansas, with his wife and three children, along with three Labrador-mix dogs who do everything caninely possible to see that he has no spare time to write.  

McCarthy, Gary 

Western & Historical Novelist 

www.CanyonCountryBooks.com

Gary McCarthy is the author of fifteen published American historical and thirty-four westerns novels.  In 1993, his “THE GILA RIVER” won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award as the best historical paperback novel of that year and “RIVER THUNDER” won the 2009 Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Audio Book.  His 1991 “RUSSIAN RIVER” California historical novel and 2003 Arizona Western novel “RESTITUTION” were Spur Award Finalists.  

McCarthy received widespread recognition for his extremely well researched novels relating to our NATIONAL PARKS and his highly popular OUR AMERICAN WEST VOL. 1-4 SERIES.  He is the creator of the THE DERBY MAN and the THE HORSEMEN SERIES.  McCarthy has also worked on other successful series including RIVERS WEST, GUNSMOKE, RAILS WEST and the longest running series of them all…LONGARM.  

The author is well suited to writing about the American West; he grew up with horses and received a B.S. degree in Animal Science and an M.S. in Economics from the University of Nevada.  Before becoming a full time novelist, McCarthy was employed as an economist.   He is very interested in Native American cultures, especially the Navajo, Hualapai and Hopi and historical preservation of southwestern western archaeological sites.  McCarthy had been president of two Rotary Clubs and served on many community boards.

Gary McCarthy has over four million books in print and resides in Arizona with his wife, Jane.  He enjoys hiking and horseback riding in the Grand Canyon Rim Country when he is not traveling the Southwest in search of new stories upon which to base his next novel. 

McDonald-Constable, Jill 

Jill hails from Liverpool in England and is delighted to be included among the illustrious members of WF. She has two traditional Westerns published with Robert Hale in London, (under the pen-name of Amos Carr) both of which have recently gone to Large Print, world-wide. She has just signed the contract for her third Black horse, which should be out in the Spring. She has a Romantic Western out with Prairie Rose Publications in USA (author name Gil McDonald). Jill is working on another one for each publisher now, as well as a Contemporary Romance, and also ‘fiddling about’ with a couple more books in different genres.

Never having set foot in USA means that almost all of Jill’s research comes from her memories of the old cowboy series and movies she used to watch, along with books, the Internet, and now a growing collection of new friends in America through PRP (and soon through the ‘Fictioneer family’).

As a child, she used to go horse riding at every opportunity, kept it up until her twenties, and has recently returned to it. Horses were one of the most important parts of the life of the Wild West, and Jill tries to include a fair bit of ‘horsey’ detail in her work. She is extremely proud of one review, which says ‘it’s obvious that this writer certainly knows her horseflesh’.

McKee, Robert D.

Robert D. McKee worked and lived in Wyoming for over thirty years. He and his wife Kathy now make their home along the Colorado Front Range.

His short fiction has appeared in more than twenty commercial and literary publications around the country. He is also a recipient of the Wyoming Art Council's Literary Fellowship Award, as well as a three-time first-place winner of Wyoming Writers, Incorporated's adult fiction contest, and a two-time first-place winner of the National Writers Association's short fiction contest.

One of his stories was selected to appear in the annual publication Best American Mystery Stories, edited that year by Senior Editor Otto Penzler and Visiting Editor Michael Connelly.

His first novel, Dakota Trails, was published by Pen-L Publishing, and was a Western Fictioneer finalist for Best First Novel. It went on to receive a Will Rogers Silver Medallion Award. His second novel, Killing Blood, was a finalist with Western Fictioneers for Best Western Novel. His third novel, Out of the Darkness, came out in June of 2017. Both it and Killing Blood were published by Five Star, who will be releasing his fourth novel, Gypsy Rock, in September.

McKee, Vonn 

Vonn McKee remembers vividly her first glimpse of real cowboys herding mustangs into a pen outside Prescott, Arizona. She was a four-year-old whose parents had moved her there in hopes of curing her asthma. “I can still picture the riders and horses–bays, pintos, buckskins– surrounded by dust and sunlight,” she says. The experience (and, unfortunately, the asthma) never left her, even after her family moved back to her mother’s native Louisiana.  Vonn jokes that she is “descended from horse traders and southern belles.” She spent summers visiting her father’s family, who raised cattle and broke horses in North Dakota and, later, northwestern Minnesota. Inspired by seeing her grandfather stretched out on a sofa reading Zane Grey novels (some of which were passed down to her), she owned a complete ZG set herself by age eighteen.  After years of working at everything from riverboat waitress to country singer to construction project manager, Vonn is incorporating her experiences–and some of the interesting characters she’s met– into stories of the old West.  

www.facebook.com/VonnMcKee 

Meals, Jim 

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.

Miller, Rod

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   http://writerrodmiller.blogspot.com

Mims, Meg

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.

Mitten, Mark

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)

My real name is Keith Souter and I was born in St Andrews in Scotland. I studied Medicine at Dundee University and practiced as a family doctor in the city of Wakefield in England for thirty years. I am now part time in private practice. While I was at medical school I started to write children’s stories for a family magazine and dial-a-bedtime story for a telephone exchange.

I have also been a medical journalist for thirty  years and have written about a dozen medical and health books. I am currently writing a series to help people understand and deal with various conditions. These are on strokes, depression, heart disease, dementia and diabetes. 

In addition, I write non-fiction books on subjects ranging from dice and dice games, to the Arthurian legends, to books on science, magic and golf. 

Using the pen-name of Clay More I write traditional westerns with the Black Horse Westerns imprint of Hale of London and more recently for Western Fictioneers, High Noon Press and Western Trail Blazers.

I also write Scottish-based crime novels as Keith Moray for Hale of London.

In 2006 I won a Fish Prize for my short fiction and writing as Keith Souter started a series of historical mysteries set around Sandal Castle, the ruined medieval castle that I live within arrowshot of.

In the summer of 2012 the first in my series of Victorian children’s adventures began with The Curse of the Body Snatchers by G-Press. 

I am a member of the Society of Authors, The Crime Writers’ Association, Medical Journalists’ Association, International Thriller Writers, Western Writers of America and Western Fictioneers. 

In 2014 I was elected Vice President of Western Fictioneers.

My website is http://www.keithsouter.co.uk
and my blogs are 
http://west-uist-chronicle.blogspot.co.uk  (crime blog)
http://moreontherange.blogspot.co.uk     (western blog)

Morton, Nik

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 – westernsubmissions.solstice@live.com.

Website: www.freewebs.com/nikmorton
Blog:http://nik-writealot.blogspot.com

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

Newcomb, Kerry

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.

Newton, Michael 

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

O'Flaherty, Micheal 

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.

Parker, Scott 

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

Marcus Pelegrimas has worked in several different genres of fiction including western, mystery, horror and fantasy. He has ghostwritten entries in a popular western series. His own western series (written under the pseudonym Marcus Galloway) includes THE MAN FROM BOOT HILL series. His short fiction can be seen in various anthologies including Desperadoes, Guns of the West, Mystery Street, Greatest Hits, and Hear the Fear on audiocassette.

Peterson, Pete 

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 (Pete Peterson died February 3, 2016 in Oklahoma City). 

Pierson, Cheryl 

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 is available through Prairie Rose Publications. 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 fabkat_edit@yahoo.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

Pizzolato, Matthew 

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.  

Prate, Kit

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.

Prosch, Richard

Richard Prosch writes western crime fiction that captures the history and lonely frontier stories of his youth, where characters aren’t always what they seem and the wind burned landscapes are filled with swift, deadly danger. Richard’s work appeared in The Protectors, an anthology to benefit children, and most recently his short story "Hester's Vanity" was featured in the hardcover anthology Rough Country from High Hill Press. His newest collection, One Against a Gun Horde is now available for Kindle at Amazon.com. His work has also appeared at Optimist International and online at Boys' Life, as well as many non-fiction print publications.

Pura, Murray

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.

Purcell, Darryle 

Darryle Purcell 

- Она надулась.  - Если не скажешь, тебе меня больше не видать. - Врешь. Она ударила его подушкой. - Рассказывай.

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