John is a retired police detective with 40 years of experience.
His writing career began in the sports industry, where he wrote articles for national magazines and online publications on professional, collegiate, and amateur athletics.
He grew up watching western movies and reading stories of the old west. His theatrical influences included actors John Wayne, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, and directors John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, and Andrew McLaglen. He drew literary inspiration from Louis L’Amour, Robert B. Parker, C. J. Box, and Lee Child. His passion for history and the classic western genre inspired him to write short stories on the old west and his first three novels, classic westerns set in 1877-1878 Texas.
John is an avid sports fan and horse enthusiast. He is a member of; The Authors Guild, Western Writers of America, Wyoming Writers Inc., and the Oklahoma Writers Federation.
Return to Canyon Creek
The western novel takes place in the spring of 1878. Continues the adventures of U. S. Deputy Marshal Luxton Danner and Texas Ranger Wes Payne as they confront a vicious land baron in the North Texas Panhandle.
Gunslingers A Story of the Old West2021
Red River Reunion2020
Awards and Recognition
- Gunslingers A Story of the Old West International Book Awards-Winner Western Fiction 2021 Best Book Finalist Award, 2021 Independent Publishers Silver Medal, 2022 Indie Book Awards Finalist, 2022 Firebird Award Winner, 2021 Red River Reunion Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List, 2021 International Book Award Finalist, 2021 American Best Book Finalist, 2021 Firebird Award, 2021 Return to Canyon Creek Firebird Award Winner, 2022