News and Interviews 2017
Contemporary Western author C.J. Box to speak at CNU
When C.J. Box wrote his first novel, it never occurred to him that he would wind up revisiting its protagonist — intrepid Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett — more than a dozen times.
It was just a book, inspired by his desire to tell a good, outdoorsy detective tale that presented an accurate reflection of the people and places in his beloved home state. But when Putnam bought “Open Season,” the publishing house told him it wanted at least two more books featuring the Pickett character.
After 23 Books, Author C.J. Box Is Still Full Steam Ahead
By CAROLINE BALLARD • AUG 4, 2017
Wyoming Author C.J. Box recently published his 23rd novel – Paradise Valley. It was also his fifth stand-alone book outside the Joe Pickett series. Box spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard about his career, and said he has honed his voice as an author over the years in part by following Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing.
C.J. Box Interview
AUTHOR C.J. BOX TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK PARADISE VALLEY, A CRIME THRILLER SET IN NORTH DAKOTA.
Listen to Full Interview Here
C.J. Box On His New Book "Paradise Valley"
By CAROLINE BALLARD • JUL 25, 2017
Wyoming Author C.J. Box is out with a new book today. It's his 23rd novel, but only his fifth outside his popular Joe Pickett series. Box joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about how this mystery Paradise Valley is the culmination of the story of a serial killer working as a long haul trucker.
C.J. Box thinks outside the box with serial-killer thriller
BY DAVID MARTINDALE
Special to the Star-Telegram
JULY 25, 2017 1:26 PM
Sometimes a guy simply needs a change of scenery.
That was the case for C.J. Box, the Edgar Award-winning novelist best known for thrillers that feature wily Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.
Box loves writing that series, which began with “Open Season” in 2001 and has built a loyal fan base over the years. Book No. 18 in the series, “The Disappeared,” will come out in March 2018.
AROUND TOWN: Friends of the Library visit the West with C.J. Box's Joe Pickett
By: Linda Navarro, May 11, 2017
The book lovers saddled up for lunch with author C.J. Box and his Joe Pickett Western mysteries, and hilarity ensued. Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District had such fun at their April 29 Literary Awards Luncheon that a more sedate gathering in the next room - the ballroom at The Antlers - couldn't hear their speaker ... and asked Box to speak at one of their next events.
Tripfiction.com Review and Interview: Crime thriller set in Wyoming (plus author location piece…)
14th April 2017
What, though, sets the book – and the whole series – apart for aficionados of the TripFiction site is the wondrous way in which Chuck describes the Wyoming setting. He was brought up in and lives in the State, and you get a great feel for the wide open spaces, the forests, the mountains – and the wildlife itself. It sounds the ideal location for a real outdoors ‘off the grid’ adventure holiday – if Joe isn’t busy hunting down killers at the time!
Now over to Chuck for his thoughts on writing in and about Wyoming:
I’m Wyoming born and bred. I grew up in Casper hunting, fishing, and doing normal boy things –provided normal involve alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, that is – but I had a dirty little secret: I read books.
Powell Tribune Article:
Powell and Northwest College featured in C.J. Box’s latest novel
Written by Don Cogger
April 13, 2017 8:42 am
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett — the blue-collar protagonist of a series of Western crime novels by Wyoming native C.J. Box — has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong (or right) time.
Beginning with “Open Season” in 2001, the straight-arrow Pickett has juggled life as a devoted husband and father with the hardships that come with being a state employee who lives paycheck to paycheck. Crossing paths with some of the more unsavory characters in contemporary fiction, Pickett has battled corrupt politicians, organized crime, eco-terrorists and a truly frightening mother-in-law, all in the name of enforcing Game and Fish regulations. He once arrested the sitting governor for fishing without a license.
Only in Wyoming.
Scottsdale Vicious Circle Tour Interview
Recorded at the Poisoned Pen on March 23, 2017
The interviewers are Barbara Peters of the Poisoned Pen and Robert Anglen of the Arizona Republic newspaper.
Huffington Post: 'Vicious Circle,’ A Conversation with C.J. Box
March 22, 2017
Joe Pickett is unlike many contemporary thriller protagonists. He’s happily married; is a good father; doesn’t have a dark past; works hard; and is very honest. What do you feel makes him such a beloved fictional character?
I think it’s because he’s real and he’s also flawed. Therefore, the reader has empathy for him. The reader knows he can screw things up and something bad can happen to him and his family. I hope it draws the reader in more because it’s easy to see one’s self in his situation. A reader can easily identify with Joe.
Hugh Hewitt Interview with C.J. Box
March 17, 2017
Author CJ Box joins KGWN to talk about new book
By Jeremy Downing
March 19, 2017
Cheyenne resident and best-selling author, CJ Box, stopped by the CBS NewsChannel 5 studios to talk about his latest book, Vicious Circle. Read More
Hoover Sun: Nine authors share a peek into writers' lives at 25th annual Southern Voices Festival
by Jon Anderson
February 25, 2017
Western point of view
Another prolific writer at Southern Voices was C.J. Box, who lives in Wyoming. He has written 22 books, 17 of which have been a series about a Wyoming game warden named Joe Pickett. Over 10 million copies of his books have been sold in the United States, and his books also have been translated into 27 languages and optioned for film and TV.
Box said he was an avid reader growing up and spent a lot of time in the library as a child. He always dreamed about writing a book and seeing it on the library shelves or in the hands of someone on an airplane. “Both of those things have occurred,” he said.