The stack on my nightstand is so tall that I can't give you the whole list. It includes The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman, Bum Rap by Paul Levine, Not Even Past by Dave White, Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy, Summer of '42 by Herman Raucher, Comanche Trail by Ralph Compton (Carlton Stowers, in this case), 1980s Austin Gangsters by Jesse Sublett, The Mercy of the Night by David Corbett, and Sally of the Wasteland by Victor Gischler. There might be a couple more, but I can't remember them right now. I have a big nightstand.
Who is your favorite novelist of all time?
Favorite novelist of all time? Impossible to say. Way too many of them.
What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
You probably wouldn't be surprised at anything on my shelves. Cold Sassy Tree is there. So is Gene Autry and the Redwood Pirates. Are those surprising?
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Favorite fictional hero? As with the favorite novelist, too many to name, starting with Odysseus.
What book do you return to?
I return to a lot of books. Catcher in the Rye is one of them. Leaves of Grass. Some of Shakespeare. The continuing them of "too many to name" fits here, too.
Bio: There's not a lot to say. I've lived an ordinary life. Born in Mexia (Mah-HAY-uh), Texas. Currently living in Alvin, Texas. Taught in high school and college for many years, now retired. Have written a lot of books, including those in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. Married for 49 years to the lovely Judy, whose death in 2014 I still mourn. I have two great kids, Angela, an attorney and writer, and Allen, a musician. I collect old paperbacks and have way too many of them.