Jack Giles Author Spotlight

I am privileged to introduce you to the author Jack Giles


Jack Giles, please tell us little bit about yourself.

I write westerns under the name Jack Giles. I try to veer away from what may be considered the stereotypical characters. It doesn’t matter whether they are good or bad – both sides have shades of grey.

I was born in North London but now live in the wilds of Suffolk. I am married; have six children; fifteen grandchildren. No surprises that at 67 I have no reason to act my age.

Where were you born and do you think your birthplace had any influence on your writing?

Like I said I was born in North London. As a kid we would play around up at the Sandpits (quite forgotten what the park’s proper name is – it was always known as the Sandpits.) They had built a stockade so it was natural that we would play cowboys and Indians up there. Same too down at Friary Park – there was a brook that ran through it. Rocks and a fallen tree – let’s face it play stimulates imagination – a place where kids could be whatever they wanted to be.
Then there was Saturday cinema – Atom Man and Flash Gordon serials and Hopalong Cassidy movies.

Who was your favourite author from childhood?

Whoever wrote Toby Twirl and Nicholas Thomas books at a guess. Later it would be Charles Dickens.

Who do you think most influences your writing?

Writers. Anyone who can write a book that can hold my attention. But top of the list today is many western writers from all parts of the world like Ross Morton, Chuck Tyrell, the late Lance Howard, James Reasoner, Peter Brandvold, Matthew P. Mayo and the list goes on.

When did you first gain an interest in writing?

I guess that it was like an accident waiting to happen. English composition in my eleven plus was the start point. On the blackboard were the words ‘The Guard blew his whistle……”. Continue. The opening line for my piece went ‘The Guard blew his whistle and the train set off to Grantham.’ After that I arrived at Scampton Airfield and set off with Guy Gibson to bomb the Mohne Dam. Yes, it was all about the Dam Busters raid and not a train journey.
My mum and dad were summoned to the head’s office to discuss the influences that I was under. It wouldn’t be the last time either.

Who would you say has been the greatest supporter of your writing?

My mum and my wife and a wild bunch of authors.

Is there a particular author whose books you would say inspired you to start writing?

Not really. Reading, writing, play and imagination seem to run hand in hand. Reading is a stimulus. Writing is something that most people do every day. No matter how old a person is they still play whether it be on a games console or a game of footie with the kids. These three things stimulate the imagination.


Are any of your characters based on real people, no matter how loosely?

My wife appears in my first book…..and my last book features the landlady of a pub that I once frequented. Strangely enough she now lives in Arizona.

How long does it take to write a book?

Roughly three months – though a bit slower these days.

If you had to describe my books in only three words, what would they be?

A good read. That is not me being big headed but based on what reviewers have said.

Why did you choose to write in this particular genre?

It chose me. Yes, I had wanted to write a western but westerns were written by Americans. At the time I was reading George G Gilman’s Edge series completely unaware that he was from Essex, England. I discovered about the same time that J.T.Edson had been a postman up in Yorkshire. Most of the books that I was reading were by authors that hadn’t been that much further west than Piccadilly Circus. That’s when I hit the keyboards.

What part of the writing process did you find most difficult?

Having to stop mid-flow to make a cup of coffee. I usually write when there is no one else around so that there are no distractions.

What genre is your book listed under? And If you could create the perfect genre for your book, what would you call it?

Westerns will always be westerns.

Sandy Jack

Where would you like to find yourself in five years time?

Alive and doing what I do now.

Is there any advice you feel you could give to aspiring authors?

Writing is a lonely occupation but you need to balance that with the needs of others. Only you can write your book and nobody else. Just sit down write a word onto the blank screen; add another and another until you feel the rhythm and it will flow.

Are you working on another book? And, if so, what is it about?

Yes. I will let you know what it is about when it is finished.

Do you have a website where readers can find out more about you and your writing?

I do have a blog at http://brokentrails.blogspot.com but it covers a range of stuff. As you will discover not everything is about me.

If you had the opportunity to co-write with any author who ever lived, who would you choose?

Charles Dickens – I wonder how we would do his style of book set in modern times. Apart from that I guess it could be someone like Lee Child or Gunnery Sgt Jack Coughlin. And any western writer.


The Jack Giles Collection

Published: 1984
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

When the Borderlane gang are released from prison after ten years their leader, Bolt, wanted to do just one thing – to hunt down a man and kill him.
Grant Studenmire had done well with the proceeds of a bank robbery, for which the others had served time, by becoming a rich rancher. When Bolt met up with him Studenmire was paying host to a group of Sunday School children some of whom were killed in the ensuing gun battle.
As a result the local preacher, Poseidon Smith, forsakes the Bible for a gun as he takes up the vengeance trail.

Published: 1984
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

Indian Queen was a prosperous town with a lot of growing to do. The generosity of Brendan Connor and the promise that the railroad was coming was enough to assure the townspeople of an even richer future.  So they voted in Connor as Mayor – as they believed that he was the man to guard their security.
The lawman, Sam Hoad and his deputy, Gareth Lloyd, thought different and were gunned down.  No one mourned their loss until Jack Cade took over the law.
Then the truth began to dawn – but by then death was stalking the streets in the shape of a masked killer who had come from the fires of Hell itself.

Published: 1985
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

The Island.
It was supposed to be escape proof, even more so as it was the Confederate prisoners of war who were building their own cage. The Commandant worked them hard enough so that they would be too tired to try anything.
Then Van Essen, a Confederate artilleryman, arrived. He had already broken out of two prison camps and was looking to make it third time lucky.
The Commandant had other ideas so he assigned Van Essen to a workforce that consisted of cavalrymen – men with a good reason to treat the new arrival with mistrust and suspicion. They had their own plans and the artilleryman was an added complication.
Escape was the one thing they all had in common and when they got out the whole Union Army would know that they were on the loose.

Published: 1985
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

4th July 1876
The people of Labasque, California were preparing to celebrate the centenary of American Independence – even though the town’s founder was scarcely cold in his grave. A man who had built the town beneath his vast citrus groves and had made it a centre for a growing wine industry.
Pad Maghee was a new arrival, an inventive man who had created what, he believed to be, a revolutionary type of rifle – a weapon that would bring fresh fame to Labasque.
As night fell, and the shadows deepened so death was unleashed on the town in a terrible judgement that left one man alive. A man with a powerful gun and a lot to prove.

Published: 1986
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

Ten thousand dollars was the bounty offered by the Utah and North Arizona Bank to man-hunter Matt Broker.  With his reputation he was sure that he would succeed where others had failed and put an end to Trade Bronson and his gang of bank robbers. But Broker had never come up against a man like Bronson. When Bronson escaped the death trap set for him and the law took a hand in the man-hunt Broker knew that the bounty would slip through his fingers unless he got to Bronson first.

Published: 1987
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

Duggan – the town drunk. A ragged man with no sense of pride who buried his memories of the past in a bottle of whiskey.
Duggan was just a mess without a future.
Then the Army came to him in the shape of an old friend who offered Duggan the chance to climb out of the bottle and be a man again.  It was a simple job, just scouting the trail ahead of a gun battery destined for a New Mexico fort. Only somewhere along the trail the Apaches swooped down, massacred the column and took the cannons. That was when Duggan stopped being a joke…..

Published: 1987
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

The man folks called ‘The Hunter’ had been a mining engineer until he had been injured in a mining accident.  Taking pity on him Helga Rutger, the woman he had jilted at the alter, found him work – supplying her father’s fashionable restaurant with fresh game. It gave him a living and some sense of pride.
Then came a telegraph message with the offer of a job in the Colorado coalfields – a fateful message that was to take him on a trail of death and double-dealing which leads to a confrontation with the Unions and their hired guns.

Published: 1994
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

It was almost midnight on Friday the thirteenth when the man in black entered the hotel where Willard Dull, Government Agent, was sitting reading a book.  As the stranger retired to his room Dull took a look in the register. The man had signed himself as ‘Death’ from ‘Hell’.
Before midnight chimed two men were dead and both killed by the man in black. Dull suddenly realised that all his plans to trap a gang of payroll robbers were about to fall apart – unless he could stop Death from reaping a grim harvest.

writing as RYKER FROST
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

New Town was a mining town: the hillside ringing to the sound of picks as men fought against the rock in search of a fortune. The silver and the promise of riches proved no temptation to Providence Ryan – all he wanted was a job and earn a few dollars.
But then a wagon overturned spilling a small fortune in silver ore and Ryan found himself caught up in a deadly war – one that echoed the Civil War back east. Ryan’s life was transformed and it didn’t take him long to realise that he had to learn how to handle a gun – if he was to survive the conflict that followed.

Published: 1989
Robert Hale: Black Horse Western

Sun Valley was just a small town, yet the bridge that spanned the muddy river just a mile away was vital to both the Union and Confederate Armies.
Orders had come down from General Robert E. Lee to the forty men stationed at the bridge that access was to be denied to the enemy – no matter what the cost.  An order that did not sit easy with Captain John McCracken and Lieutenant D’Arcy Somerville for Sun Valley was their home.
Then Colonel Amos Creed backed by a hundred hardened Union troops and a battery of cannons came determined to seize the bridge….and test the loyalty of the Confederate officers.

3 thoughts on “Jack Giles Author Spotlight

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  1. Nice spotlight on Jack Giles – a ,member of the Felixstowe Scribblers but under his real name. A great writer adaptable to the many challenges and genres posed by our writing group. Keep up the good work partner…

  2. A good insight and interview, thanks. Jack’s a writer with ink in his veins – and his books are definitely worth getting hold of – and reading!

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