C.J. Box in the News
The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, With C. J. Box
We taped Episode 15 of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience last night. The podcast features a very fun interview with author C.J. Box (“Chuck” to his friends). We talked about his Joe Pickett books and his latest bestseller, Back of Beyond. We also discussed how one gets to be a successful author, and learned that Box is a long-time Power Line fan. I really do recommend Back of Beyond. It is a good place to start if you are new to Box’s work.
By Mike Stafford on August 1, 2011
First thing’s first: are you a Bookgeek?
Absolutely, yes. Even since I was very young I’ve always been a very voracious reader. One of the reasons I eventually wrote was because I spent a lot of time growing up trying to find books that were written about the Rocky Mountains and Wyoming that I thought were accurately portrayed, and I couldn’t find any.
(For the rest of the interview, click the link)
Listen here (interview starts at 08:30):
Thanks for coming over to the blog today, CJ. One of the absolute best part of your series is your main character, Joe Pickett. He's a man of firm principles--so firm that he backs himself into corners because he isn't willing to compromise. And he has complex and believable relationships with his wife, his daughters, his friends, and his dreaded mother-in-law. You've written eleven books in this series and yet Joe springs to life in each book and you push the boundaries of his character and relationships a little further. Can you talk about how you manage to do that?
CJ: Thank you for the very kind words. I never set out with a strategic plan, I have to say. Joe Pickett was to be the protagonist in one stand-alone novel about the Endangered Species Act called OPEN SEASON. Not until the publisher Putnam acquired the manuscript and asked for two more with the game warden and his family did I give it much thought.