About C. J. Box:
Charles James (C.J.) Box, Jr. is a New York Times bestselling American author of a number of novels and short stories, including the Joe Pickett series. A native of Wyoming, Box lives outside of Cheyenne with his wife Laurie and daughters Molly, Becky and Roxanne. The first novel in his Joe Pickett series, Open Season, was included in The New York Times list of "Notable Books" of 2001. He also has written several stand-alone novels. He is a graduate of the University of Denver.
I really think more fledgling novelists - and many current and even established novelists - should get out into the real world and cover local politics, sports, culture, and crime and write it up on deadline.C. J. Box