2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

Author GP HUTCHINSON - 2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

So Ready to Write More!

I am not at all unique among folks who write and publish novels these days, in that a great, great many of us write while holding down a day job. William Faulkner even advised novelists not to write as a profession, but rather to do so only as a hobby. (He considered himself a farmer by vocation and a writer by avocation. I suppose that reflects a certain zen before zen was a thing in North America.)

Me? I am so ready to write more! Don’t get me wrong. What I do six days a week–teaching–is an honor and can be very gratifying. I’d simply like to have two of myself, one of whom could keep on writing 6-8 hours a day. (Anybody remember the movie Multiplicity? That whole “multiple me” thing didn’t work out so well, did it? So cloning myself? Not really.)

But I am in the place at the moment where I’m ready to sink my teeth into a new project–in earnest. First up will be another short story (I think for release in March). After that, another novel.

So what kind of novel would you rather see me write? The next Emmett Strong novel? Or an entirely new Western with new characters and a completely new premise? Your input would be valuable to me. Really. So don’t hesitate to drop me a response in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, January 4 is a BIG day!

At long last, Strong Ambitions (Emmett Strong Western #3) is being released for Kindle! Prefer Nook or your Android tablet or your phone? Not to worry. There are Kindle apps for a wide variety of devices.

Get Strong Ambitions out, and then get back to writing. That’s my aim–bam, bam. Oh, and teach my eager students, too. A-a-and there’s something else…What is it? [Palms face.] Ah yes. Coming, dear!

Did I tell you I am so ready to write more?

Recent Reading

Photo “At a bookstore on Newbury St.” by Jue Wang

People who write fiction naturally enjoy reading fiction. I suppose that’s almost universally true. Certainly, the consensus among writing coaches is that no one can be a good writer who is not also an avid reader. I won’t argue. Reading helps writers in countless ways. That being said, I’m a very picky reader. So what’s made its way onto my recent reading list? Continue reading

Emmett Strong Western #3 Available for Pre-Order

Ready for more adventure with Emmett and Li Strong? Strong Ambitions, Emmett Strong Western #3, is on its way, and believe me–no one is readier than I am. We’re so close that you can pre-order the Kindle version now for automatic delivery to your device on its January 4 release date.

I love the cover of this one, and once I had the opportunity to get back to writing in earnest, I loved every moment of penning this new installment of Emmett and Li’s story.

You may find that Strong Ambitions has a slightly different feel from the first two Emmett Strong Westerns. It’s a murder mystery for one thing. It’s set in a new Old Texas town with a new supporting cast, and it explores a few themes I haven’t previously tackled. But I’ve made sure to keep Emmett and Li and Juanito and Geneve square in the middle of all the action. Colorful characters in a colorful time and place, that’s what I like! Oh, and with a dash of murder and mayhem too.

As usual, I will also release paperback and audio versions of each Emmett Strong Western, including Strong Ambitions. Check back soon for those release dates.

Meanwhile, may you and your loved ones enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving season!

Six Bullets to Sundown

Surprise New Anthology of Western Short Stories

Six Bullets to Sundown, Dusty Saddle Publishing, 2017Dusty Saddle Publishing caught me completely off-guard. Here I was, minding my own business, chipping away at the third Emmett Strong novel, when the Western publisher contacted me and made an offer to publish my short story. The only hitch? I hadn’t yet written a short story. And they wanted to go to press within a matter of weeks.

The Birth of a New Western Hero

I was honored and thrilled to work in collaboration with Dusty Saddle. So for just a few weeks, I set Emmett Strong aside and created a new hero of the Old West–Lew Coulter.

Coulter is marshal of the wild and woolly town of Santa Angela, Texas, until the town’s saloon and bed-house owners decide his morals are putting a crimp in their profits. When a storied lawman from Kansas shows up, it seems he wants not only Coulter’s job but also his girl…and more. But there’s only so much a man like Coulter will put up with.

When Outlaws Tangle

My Lew Coulter short story, When Outlaws Tangle, is one of six quick reads featured in Dusty Saddle’s Western anthology, Six Bullets to Sundown. Currently available for Kindle readers, the volume will also be released this summer in paperback and audio book formats.

Six Bullets to Sundown

If you enjoy fast reads with plenty of action click HERE today to get your copy of Six Bullets to Sundown.

Westerner Magazine Interview

So Nick Wale of Westerner Magazine–a new online publication–contacted me and asked whether I’d be up for an interview for their March 2017 issue.

GPH: Are you offering me the chance to talk to folks about Western novels for today’s readers?

Nick Wale: That’s right.

GPH: Then, you bet, I’m up for that!

I’m super pleased about this opportunity because Nick Wale is a tremendous advocate for the Western genre and quite an Old West enthusiast. He’s packed this issue of Westerner with a number of really interesting interviews. And several big names in Western film and fiction are featured.

Within the interview I discuss why I wrote what I wrote, as well as where I’m headed from here. I, also, discuss my thoughts on what makes a Western really work.

If you’re a fan of the West, then I’d encourage you to hop on over to the magazine’s website and download a free copy. There’s no gimmick or obligation involved. Just an enjoyable read.

Tecovas: My New Favorite Boot Brand

Tecovas Boots–I’d never heard of them until I stumbled across an article about them in Cowboys & Indians Magazine a few weeks ago. Now, they’re easily my new favorite brand.

My new Tecovas Cartwright Western boots in Desert Calf premium leather.

What Makes Tecovas So Special?

Just looking at the tones, texture, and luster of the calfskin, as well as the precision stitching, I knew that if Tecovas were as nice up close and personal as they appeared to be in photos, these could end up being the finest boots I’ve ever worn. Continue reading

Emmett Strong Western #3 Promises Surprise Twists

Strong Ambitions (Emmett Strong Western #3) is coming right along, folks. While maintaining the same popular cast of protagonists–Emmett, Li, Juanito, and Geneve–the story gallops headlong into untamed new territory where unexpected situations and unforeseen danger abound. Here’s a taste of what’s in store.

Strong Ambitions Synopsis

Tiny, yet prospering Benficklin, Texas, wants a clean, respectable town marshal to guard their pristine community from the kind of riffraff that turned neighboring Santa Angela into a raucous string of blood-spattered saloons and bawdy sporting houses. Former Texas Ranger Emmett Strong seems to be just the man they’re looking for—once they determine that his Chinese wife, Li, is “acceptably civilized.”

But Benficklin doesn’t want to pay a deputy. That leaves Juanito—Emmett’s sidekick and brother-in-law from his first marriage—with little choice but to take his bride, the former saloon girl Geneve, up the road to Santa Angela, looking for honest work in a crooked town.

Reputations aside, Benficklin—not Santa Angela—is the town with the next scandal on its hands, when early one morning Continue reading

Readers’ Favorite Awards 2016

Taking the Old West to the Miami International Book Fair

GP Hutchinson autographing copies of his Westerns at the Reader's Favorite booth at the 2016 Miami International Book Fair

GP Hutchinson autographing copies of his Westerns at the Reader’s Favorite booth at the 2016 Miami International Book Fair

You find Old West fans and enthusiasts in the most unlikely places. Well, perhaps not so unlikely. Westerns are a whole lot more popular than a lot of folks realize.

It was my great privilege and pleasure to attend the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards ceremony last weekend. The gala took place in conjunction with the Miami International Book Fair. At this year’s event, Readers’ Favorite honored Strong Suspicions (Emmett Strong Western #2) with their Gold Medal in the Fiction – Western category.

The 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries. I personally enjoyed the chance to visit with authors from Israel, the UK, and Australia, as well as from across the US. Many were quite enthusiastic about Strong Suspicions. Continue reading

Popular Handguns of the Old West

If you’re going to enjoy Westerns to the fullest, it’s good to know some of the more popular handguns of the Old West.

What kind of gun is he totin'?

What kind of gun is he totin’? With its bird’s head grip, it might be a Colt 1877, or it could be a reworked Colt 1873.

It’s been suggested many times that gun play was not nearly so common in the American West as Western fiction makes it seem. Likewise some have insisted that the late Elmer Kelton (whom Western Writers of America crowned the greatest Western author of all time) didn’t write shoot-’em-ups. Both statements may be correct, but a great deal of fiction across all genres places heroes and villains alike at one end or the other of a gun. It’s fiction.

Meanwhile, the American West of the 1860s-90s was not a tame place. A cowboy might need a pistol if for no other reason than not wanting to get dragged to his death if his horse threw him and bolted while his foot remained tangled in his stirrup. Besides, there were snakes, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, and the like to contend with, not to mention a wide open land with too few lawmen to keep up with scores of new settlements and problems.

With that said, what popular handguns did the folks of the Old West like to carry?

Famous Handguns of the Old West Continue reading