1. What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve written 5 Westerns, all set in the same “Blood On The Range” shared world. 3 are about a bounty hunter, Steve Savage, and 2 are about Nate Todd, a gunfighter turned rancher, and his adventures.
Steve featured in the second Nate Todd adventure and I loved the character so started a series all about him.
I’ve always loved reading and Louis L’Amour is one of my favourite authors. I think that influenced me to write westerns. I’m also a big fan of Robert Ludlum and I’ve tried to bring his flair for plot twists and different heroes into my stories.
2. What kind of research did you need to do to write this book?
I had to research the Wild West in terms of language, customs, terrain, weapons, wagons, horses etc. I want my books to be realistic and to propel the readers into that time.
3. What was the biggest hurdle you struggled with while writing this book?
Finding a publisher. I finished my book and thought that getting it sold would be easy. Boy, was I wrong!!!
I contacted over 120 literary agents and publishers and was rejected or not replied to by all of them. I eventually found a publisher and they were terrible! They went under during the beginning of COVID and I then managed to land a contract with DS Publishing who have been brilliant!
4. How long did it take you to complete this book?
My first book took 2 and a half years to write. Since then I’ve become a bit more proficient and I can now write a 35 000 word book in about a month.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That writing the book is the easy part. Marketing and getting sales is the tough part because the market is competitive.
6. What makes this book unique?
My heroes aren’t invincible fighting machines. They need their friends to get them out of trouble and I think that makes them relatable to my readers.
7. What do you think makes a good story?
A good build up, some mystery, and a satisfying conclusion. The ending of a book mustn’t be rushed. I think that good dialogue also heelps.
8. What kind of books do you typically read?
Westerns, murder mystery, police procedurals, thrillers.
9. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m obsessive about editing and I like to get each chapter reviewed as it gets completed. I’m also very fussy about my fight scenes and I want them to be realistic so that my readers feel every punch, kick and bullet.
10. What type of reader would you recommend this book to?
Anybody who enjoys action, romance, adventure and a good plot. I try to make my characters as realistic as possible and I’ve added in some slight variations, like a martial artist, to give my books a point of difference.
11. Who was the biggest influence on your writing journey?
My family. They are my editors, my supporters, and my reason for writing.
12. What do you do when you aren’t writing?
I’m a financial planner and I also enjoy fly fishing.
13. What are you working on now?
I’m busy with a fantasy novel. It’s going to be the first in a series.
14. Where can people find you and your book?
My books are all available on Amazon here.
Blood On The Range: Caught In The Crossfire
Blood On The Range: The Breaking of a Badman
Steve Savage, Bounty Hunter: The Beginning of a Bounty Hunter
Steve Savage, Bounty Hunter: Bounty on The Railroad
Steve Savage, Bounty Hunter: Bounty from Bristol
15. Do you have any suggestions or words of encouragement for aspiring writers to complete the book they’ve always dreamed of writing?
The first step is to get started. Plan out your book chapter by chapter so that you have a guide on what you want to put down. You can vary from this plan, and probably will, but it helps to keep you focussed.
The point is to be consistent. Aim to write 500 words per day. It’s tough at first but becomes easier over time.
About the Author
I fell in love with westerns at an early age. The good guy versus the bad, the thrill of gunfights at High Noon. I’m an avid fly fisherman and a self-confessed rugby nut. Family is important to me and they’re the driving force and inspiration behind my books.
I grew up reading Westerns and there’s always been something fascinating about a hero riding into town, righting the wrongs, and then riding off into the sunset. Cowboys are the knights of the US landscape. They slay the dragons in many forms and then continue on with their quest.
I write for the enjoyment of it, and to bring some fun and excitement to my readers, and I’m looking forward to continuing the journey with them over the years to come. If you like realistic heroes, action, adventure, and a few laughs, then keep on reading my books. I have a Facebook page titled Chris Smith – Author so please feel free to reach out if you’d like to chat, or look for me on LinkedIn, under Chris Smith – Author.