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I was born and raised in the Midwest. I traveled to the western states many times and finally resolved to stay there, with the big mountains and clear rivers. I'm married to a beautiful, funny woman I don't deserve, and I'm father to two sons who certainly must have done something right in their previous lives to earn such a generous, understanding, and doting dad.

Both my grandparents were carpenters, and maybe I inherited the gene, as I've always been fascinated by wood and making things with my hands. I have built and remodeled houses and have a fondness for fine woodworking,.


As construction aficionado, I built a career and parlayed my building experiences into journalism. I’ve been an editor on several national magazines, and I’ve authored many books and articles on building and home improvement. Now, I write historical fiction and books about the West.

The West can swallow you up. Maybe that’s what makes it so intriguing for the writer: The scale, the raw beauty, the danger, and the promise. —JR


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