Author GP HUTCHINSON

2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

Author GP HUTCHINSON - 2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

Thank You for the Kind Reviews!

To a writer, reviews are gold. Honest, objective reviews help readers wade through the millions of titles out there to find a book that will more than likely satisfy their own personal cravings for a good story.

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“Strong Convictions” Sequel Well Under Way

If you thought Emmett Strong, Li Xu, Juanito, and Sikes were up against tough odds in Strong Convictions, just wait till you pick up a copy of the sequel. The second book in the planned Emmett Strong trilogy–Strong Suspicions–is coming along nicely. Well, nicely for me, that is. At the moment, Emmett is in jail, and the others are on the run.

young cowboy in silhouetteIn the second book of the trilogy, we’ll find Emmett and his compadres back in Texas–San Antonio, to be precise. There they yearn to settle down and live a somewhat more normal life. But that’s not to be. Not yet, at least. Strong’s old friend and fellow Texas Ranger, Jack VanDorn, shows up and informs him that he and his pardners are wanted for armed robbery back in El Paso. The problem is, there was in fact a little encounter back in the border town that some might construe as armed robbery. And that’s just the beginning of the troubles.

Emmett’s enemies multiply Continue reading

PR Expert Nick Wale on “Strong Convictions”

Nick WalePR Expert Nick Wale of Novel Ideas had the following take on Strong Convictions.

When it comes to Westerns, I would say I am an avid fan—rather than an expert or knowledge box. I must have read at least 1,000 Western novels, and name a Western movie, and you may strike lucky to find one I haven’t seen; but when it comes to Mr Murphy, Mr Wayne and Mr Scott, I have to say that I can boast seeing many performances from them worthy of the film history books. And who could possibly forget Ray Milland, Lee Marvin, Water Brennan, James Stewart or that dapper Englishman, Kenneth More, selling his guns in the old west?

So when it comes to a Western novel, I look for something that has me on the edge of my seat. Lee Van CleefSomething that makes the prickly heat rise on the back of my neck, makes me squirm as my favourite gunfighter is faced down by Van Cleef. I look for Hoss, Ben and Adam caught in a strange town and faced with hanging through some unfortunate mistaken identity. I believe “Strong Convictions” is as close as a Western novel has gotten me to that zenith of edge-of-seat-squirming in a long time.

Here we have a man who has sworn off guns after shooting his wife by accident—a man who is sick of fighting and looking for peace. A man who sees his brother shot down in front of him by a gunfighter and then, only then, picks up a gun again. He is a fighter with a cause—and has there ever been a more dangerous foe than a pacifist who has cause to fight?

With great mastery, author G.P. Hutchinson paints a West that I can see, feel and smell. This is his second novel, and it feels like his thirtieth. He has a way of sentence structure that takes the words off the page and places them in your head. This is not a rambling, pointless book—this is a Western by a writer who knows how to write, and he knows instinctively. Writers like Hutchinson don’t need lessons or pats on the back. They need paper, ink and they need time. I believe in time we will see many books from G.P. Hutchinson, and those books will be better. A better book than “Strong Convictions” is a book I instantly want to read.

There are things I would say to him—I would say keep writing. I would say keep watching Westerns, reading about Westerns, and I would say keep creating new worlds to explore within the old west. Keep doing what you are doing, and soon you will find that every Western writer will be copying you.

I recommend this Western to every fan of Western books in the world. This is one of the books you won’t want to miss. The truth is—you probably haven’t because as I write this, the book is ranking high on Amazon, and many of you are probably reading this and sitting on the edge of your seat. I’m heading back to my chair for another reading. Catch you later.

Thank you, Nick, for such kind words. So glad you enjoyed Strong Convictions.

My Favorite Western Icon

I’ve been asked about my favorite Western icon frequently enough since publishing Strong Convictions that I figured it’s time for me to address the topic in a post here on my website. In the process, I hope I don’t start a firestorm. Opinions regarding who or what constitutes an icon can vary considerably. And once folks settle on a personal favorite, they can tend to be a bit tetchy about their choice.

When it comes to Old West icons, a few are obviously almost universally venerated–John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Ford. But my favorite doesn’t John Waynecome from among these Western giants. I find John Wayne’s acting stilted (blasphemy, I know), so I can’t pick the Duke as my first choice. Eastwood? More of a Spaghetti Western kind of guy. Classics though his films and roles may be, I’m not the biggest fan of that brand of Western. And Glenn Ford? Very commendable, but again, not my very favorite.

I really like the image that Kevin Costner projects as Charlie Waite in Open Range. His Wyatt Earp was Continue reading

Writing a Western: What a Ride!

Only weeks before committing to writing a Western, I had been beating my head against a wall. (Figuratively, of course. Or at least I think so.) I’d been trying to crank out a second novel set in East Asia, trying to outdo my first. I say ‘trying’ because 40,000 words into the first draft, I was clearly neck-deep in kimchee. Aware of readers’ feedback from my first book, I could see that this one was developing into something far too foreign for most Westerners’ tastes. Those 40,000 words needed to marinate a bit, and I needed a break from them.

Inspired Play

What I also needed was what authors Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant refer to as “inspired play”–just sitting down at the keyboard and letting the imagination Glen Eyrie Croppedrun wild. So that’s when I picked up a couple of chapters of a tale of the Old American West that I’d drafted and laid aside a couple of months earlier.

I liked the characters in my brief Western sketch, and I had a rough idea where I wanted to take them–or better yet, where I wanted to let them take me. (Once you get into writing a story, characters have a way of fleshing themselves out and making their own decisions about what happens next.) Continue reading

#6 Among Amazon Westerns Best Sellers

Number 6 FREEMy new Western novel, Strong Convictions, ranked #6 on the Amazon Westerns Best Seller list toward the end of day one of my current five-day promotion. From now, through Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the eBook version of Strong Convictions is available for free on Amazon.com.

I’m extremely grateful to all of you who have downloaded the book or purchased a paperback copy. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the read.

Begs to Be Made into a Movie

Several people have told me the novel has a very cinematic feel or that it would make a great movie. I take that as high praise, as keeping readers “in the story” has been one of my prime goals as I write.

Get It for Yourself…Share It with a Friend

If you’ve not yet downloaded your free copy of Strong Convictions, why not do so now? Take some time over the weekend to ride the chaparral–six-guns blazing–with Emmett Strong, his brother-in-law Juanito, and their new British amigo Granville Sikes. For Emmett Strong, both love and retribution hang in the balance.

If you’ve already gotten a copy for yourself, why not tell a friend? It’s always more fun to share a movie or a story. Again, many thanks!

FREE eBook Version Through Tuesday!

FREEFree eBook? That’s right–the Kindle version of GP Hutchinson’s action-packed Western novel, Strong Convictions, will be absolutely free from Amazon.com for five days only, from now through Tuesday, April 14, 2015. After that, the price will begin heading back up, so grab a free copy while you can.

And you don’t need to have a Kindle device in order to read the Kindle versionFIVE DAYS ONLY of Strong Convictions. With the Kindle APP (a free download), you can read the novel on your laptop, your tablet, and your smartphone–anytime, anywhere. (Well, almost anywhere.)

A Gripping Story!

Have you been hankering lately for a great read, a story filled with characters you’ll really care about, a book you won’t want to put down because you’re dying to know what happens next? Then go to Amazon.com now, and download your free eBook copy of Strong Landscape of UtahConvictions: An Emmett Strong Western. You’ll find yourself wanting to saddle up with Emmett time and time again and ride like the wind through the sagebrush in hot pursuit of ruthless desperados.

STRONG CONVICTIONS Now a 99-Cent eBook!

StrongConvictions_CVR_XSMLTexas Ranger Emmett Strong must overcome his reluctance to unholster his six-gun, avenge his brother’s death at the hands of a mad gunman, and rescue his forbidden love interest. GP Hutchinson’s Strong Convictions brings you all this action and much, much more in a tightly scripted page-turner of a Western.

And now, for a limited time, Strong Convictions is available as a 99-cent ebook on Amazon.com (regular Kindle-version price $3.49).

“Crisp action along multiple plot lines holds the reader’s attention.” ~ Joe Allan

“…a well-told tale of the old west…” ~ HBC

“Fast paced action, great characters, surprising plot twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat!” ~ Juan Valdes

Strong Convictions takes the reader from the bluebonnet-covered Texas hill country to the silver-rich Comstock region of Nevada in a sweeping tale populated by a colorful cast of characters.

Haven’t read a Western in a while? Haven’t enjoyed the action, adventure, and suspense of the Old West lately? Then why not grab a copy of Strong Convictions while it’s available as a 99-cent ebook? You’ll be glad you did.

Old West Parlance: Fun When It’s Not Forced

Ever Been Flummoxed?

I have. I’ve been bamboozled, too. By some rowdy-dow fella from back east.

Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

One of the really fun things about writing stories set in the Old American West is researching the colloquialisms of the times and making sure the characters’ dialogue and thoughts include a proper sprinkling of period-accurate sayings.

It’s Like Cooking

With some foods, the spicier the better. With others, a little drizzle of olive oil and a dash of salt is all you need to bring out all the natural flavor your tongue could ever hanker for.

Same thing with Old West lingo. Continue reading

TV Interview for Official Launch of Strong Convictions

WYFF TV Interview

Click image to view video on WYFF 4’s website.

 

WYFF TV 4, the local NBC affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina, was kind enough to bring me in for a live, on-the-air interview in anticipation of the official launch of Strong Convictions on March 28. Myra Ruiz and Pamela Wright were gracious hosts and made the TV interview a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

In addition to serving as a wonderful preview to the official launch of Strong Convictions at Greenville’s Fiction Addiction Bookstore, the interview created quite a positive social media buzz over the weekend, particularly on Facebook.