2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

Author GP HUTCHINSON - 2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

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

Writing Westerns: Authenticity or License?

Riders of the Purple Sage

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The debate continues–when writing Westerns, should authors aim doggedly for maximum authenticity, or can they lapse freely into artistic license? Should Westerns be classified as historical fiction, or are they merely inventive yarns–mysteries, romances, and action stories–that just happen to be dressed up in hats, boots, and spurs?

The Western Authors and Readers Group on recently took up this topic, and it really started me thinking.

Historically Speaking

From the days of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans through Dime Novelthe era of the Western dime novels, exaggeration was accepted and even expected in American Westerns. Readers eagerly devoured such exaggerations. Perhaps they knew no better; perhaps they simply like the West they read about in fiction better than the West they knew from experience.

But not everyone was happy with the artistic license exercised by popular Western authors. The legendary Zane Grey–who, by virtue of his popular appeal, was one of the first authors to attain millionaire status–was troubled to no end by critics’ accusations that his works took unacceptable liberties regarding the realities of life in the Old West.

And Along Came Hollywood Continue reading

A Man On a Mission

StrongConvictions_CVR_XSMLTexas Ranger Emmett Strong is a man on a mission. Two missions, in fact.

When Strong straps on his six-gun and sets out with friends Juanito Galvez and Granville Sikes to capture and bring to justice the man who murdered his brother, he isn’t always quick to unholster his weapon. But there’s no time to hesitate when going against an assassin who’s taken refuge with a cruel and wealthy brother and his band of armed and deadly outlaws.

And that isn’t the sum of his worries. Strong, whose wife died in a shoot-out gone awry, finds romance again when he meets the daughter of a Chinese immigrant family. He’s reluctant to cross cultural barriers but must put that aside when she and five other young women are kidnapped.

With success hanging on quick thinking and quick shooting, can he afford to take one last shot at both love and retribution?

Enjoy the action in Strong Convictions, an entertaining, wild ride of a Western with a multiethnic cast and a surprising twist ending.

Look for the novel on in print and in e-book format by February 27, 2015.

And please feel free to use the Comments box below to ask me questions about the story, the writing process, or book availability. I’d be delighted to respond.