When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns?
About a year ago my publicist, Nick Wale, recommended I give writing a Western series a go. Six novels later, and I love writing my “Sutton Brothers Series.” I like the freedom that comes with writing great adventures with lots of action and suspense.
Who are your three favorite Western writers?
I am a big fan of Sarah McCarty’s Western novels. I find I can barrel through them in one day. I also enjoy reading Paul Thompson and Erin Nicholas.
Which Western do you wish you’d written?
“Lonesome Dove.” Not only is it a true, bonafide classic, but it’s also a novel that has found an audience outside of the Western market—and it’s important that Westerns find a wider audience to promote the history of the Old West.
What is the most recent Western you’ve read?
Recently, I read the Sarah McCarty novel “Sam’s Creed.” I enjoyed it very much. I loved the blend of action, adventure and plot twists.
The “Desert Island” question. What are your three favorite Western books?
“The Virginian” – Owen Wister
“Lonesome Dove” – Larry McMurtry
“True Grit” – Charles Portis
What are your three favorite Western movies?
“The Cowboy” – Jack Lemmon
“The Hateful Eight” – Samuel L. Jackson
“Django Unchained” – Jamie Foxx
Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite — and why?
My latest novel “Jackson Sutton: An Assassin to Kill For” is my favorite Western novel that I’ve written so far. It is the longest of the Sutton brothers collection and had the most action and adventure.
What is the most recent Western you’ve written?
“Jackson Sutton” will be out later this month, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
Can you tell us anything about your next book?
Well, important information first. “Jackson Sutton” is coming out later this month! What’s it about? Jackson Sutton and his unreachable love, Hannah Baldwin. Jackson is the sixth brother in the Sutton series and is the one brother who has wandered farthest from home seeking his own fortune. When he enlisted with the Eighth Circle, a secret society of assassins, he never expected to find the woman of his dreams working beside him.
Hannah Baldwin is the niece of Augustus Baldwin, a man who specializes in secrets and lies. When they find the network of spies they’ve set up all through Europe is about to come crashing down because of a double agent, they turn to the one man who can keep them safe with hunting down the double agent and saving the Eighth Circle … Jackson Sutton.
If you could go back in time, what would be the time and place in the Old West you’d like to have lived in for a year?
I think it would be fun to live on a ranch back then. I feel that life was simpler and fuller at the same time. Where your connections were with the people around you and not things like phones or TVs. A time when you got what you wanted or needed by earning it with your own two hands. I could see how that could be very rewarding.
Is there a question you’d wish I asked? If so, the answer?
No, I think you’ve covered all the bases with this interview. Bravo.