Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Don't get in a RUT,change things up a bit-James J. Griffin

Writers and readers both need to take the time to stretch their imaginations and change
their habits, or they risk getting in a rut.

I've written Westerns, and Westerns exclusively, for years now.

However, I've recently done a Christian themed Western THE FAITH AND THE LAW, and have branched out
into Young Adult Westerns, with my LONE STAR RANGER series. I've even done a short
Western romance, HEART OF HER RANGER. And I've just finished my first contemporary
murder mystery, THE MAD MAN OF THE MOUNTAINS. However, Westerns are still my
first love, and what I'll continue to write. But trying different genres helps stretch my
imagination, and will bring some fresh viewpoints to my writing. So, writers and
readers, step back, take a break from your usual genre, and see where you end

You might just be very pleasantly surprised.

James J. Griffin, while a native New Englander, has been a student of the frontier West from a very young age. He has travelled extensively throughout the western United States, and has visited many of the famous Western frontier towns, such as Tombstone, Pecos, Deadwood, Cheyenne, and numerous others.

Jim became particularly interested in the Texas Rangers from the television series Tales of the Texas Rangers. Jim's deep interest in the Texas Rangers led him to amass an extensive collection of Texas Ranger artifacts, which is now in the permanent collections of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco. (Jim told his story and it was published in Issue 21 of the Texas Ranger Dispatch (page 35) The Dispatch is the official publication of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame & Museum)
Jim and Yankee Jim & Yankee

Jim has also been an avid horseman all of his life. He bought his first horse, a pinto, while he was a junior in college, and has owned several American Paint Horses, including his current mount, Yankee. He is a member of the Connecticut Horse Council Volunteer Horse Patrol, an organization which assists the state park rangers with patrolling the state parks and forests.

At the urging of James Reasoner, author of Texas Wind and The Civil War Battle Series, plus many other novels, Jim decided to write a series of Texas Ranger novels. The first book, Trouble Rides the Texas Pacific, was published in 2005. With the success of that book, Jim was encouraged to continue his writing.

Jim's books are traditional Westerns in the best sense of the term, with strong heroes who have good moral values. Highly reminiscient of the pulp westerns of yesterday, the heroes and villians are clearly separated with few shades of gray. No anti-heroes to be found here.

While Jim's books are fiction, he strives to keep them as accurate as possible within the realm of fiction. To that end, besides his own travels and research, he relies on his good friend Texas Ranger Sergeant Jim Huggins of Company F in Waco for forensics and Ranger technical information, and good friends Karl Rehn and Penny Riggs of KR Training in Austin, Texas for their expertise on weapons and ammunition of the frontier West.

Jim is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. When not travelling out West, he currently divides his time between Branford, Connecticut and Keene, New Hampshire.

Jim is available for presentations and book signings.

Drop by Jim's Website:

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