“America’s Greatest Lawmen” is a brand-new release, an anthology with 10 new Western shorts. The title is generic, but the truth is the stories are all tributes to John Wayne, which made them fun to write (yes, one of the stories is mine) and fun to read.
I have had the privilege of doing other projects with many of the writers who contributed to this book, including Fred Staff, Wayne Winkle, Doug Cobb, Mike Abbott and Megan Allen. While I hadn’t (yet) done a project with Mike Haden or Weldon Shaw, I have followed their work, and I hope this is the first of many projects we do together.
Anthologies are always fun, but ones with a shared theme (beyond simply being Westerns) are usually even more fun. In this case, we were asked to simply write a short, while paying tribute, in some way, to John Wayne. We all took different approaches, and I was struck by the creativity and the different routes each writer took. I think you will be too.
I have yet to mention two of the writers. One is Arlo Flynn, a newcomer to the Western writing world, but one I intend to follow. The other is Justin Harris — my son. He’s also new to Western writing, and this is the second anthology where we have shared the pages. I gotta tell you, as a dad, this is a blast. Plus, he’s a very good writer. Look for his first full-length novel after the first of the year.
I’d also like to take a moment and congratulate Nick Wales. Nick is my publicist and represents most of the top Western writers of today. He does an amazing job for all of us, and this book, the first in a series, is another example of his creativity. He comes up with these ideas (“America’s Greatest Lawmen” being one of many) that bring attention to his writers, which is great, and for many of us, it lets us cut loose a bit, maybe write something different from our current series or regular characters. I also think it makes for a treat for the readers.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the stories, read something a little different from your favorite authors, and best case, find a new author whose works you enjoy. Thanks for reading!