C. J. Box

Literary Birthday – 9 November – C.J. Box

Happy Birthday, C.J. Box, born 9 November 1958.


  1. 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.
  2. I do like the research part of writing, I must admit.
  3. As a reader, I’m often put off by authors and storylines without families or children and all of the angst and joy they bring with them.
  4. I’ve always got about five ideas ahead of me. Which one I’m going to go with depends on the logical arc of the storyline. The tough thing is to keep the characters and the series fresh. (via)
  5. I always wanted to be a writer, but I never really thought of the mystery genre. And I never looked at the jobs I took as a means to an end. But I’m glad now that I had the jobs that I did, because almost every one of them filled in some kind of gap that I can now write about—outdoor things and natural resource issues and the kind of things I write about with some kind of confidence. (via)

C.J. Box (Charles James Box Jr.) is an American author of 30 books. His novels, including the Joe Pickett series) have been translated into 27 languages and more than 10 million copies have been sold in the U.S. alone. Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television. The Highway has been adapted into the television drama series Big Sky, which debuted in November 2020. He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum as well as the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel by the Western Writers of America in 2017.


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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 8th November 2021