John Layne - Western Fiction

John is a long-time veteran of law enforcement, beginning his police career with the Houston Texas Police Department in 1981. He is currently a senior detective for a state-wide law enforcement agency in North Texas.

His writing career began in the sports industry, where he wrote articles for national magazines and online publications. He held the position of sports editor for two years, where he wrote about professional, collegiate, and amateur athletics. 

He grew up watching western movies and reading stories of the Old West. His theatrical influences included actors John Wayne, James Stewart, and Clint Eastwood as well as directors John Ford and Howard Hawks. He drew literary inspiration from Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, and C. J. Box. His passion for history and the classic western genre moved him to write short stories on the Old West and his first novel, a classic western set in 1877 Texas.

John is an avid sports fan, horse enthusiast, and loves all things Texas.

He is a member of Western Writers of America, Western Fictioneers, and the American Paint Horse Association.

John Layne - Western Fiction

John's second novel, Red River Reunion, will be released on September 15, 2020. 

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