John D. Nesbitt on a horse

John D. Nesbitt

John D. Nesbitt bases his writing on his familiarity with the people, landscape, and animals he has come to know in the American West. He has pursued the western way of life since he first wore a black Stetson in his childhood. For the past thirty-some years John has lived in the plains country of eastern Wyoming, where he enjoys camping, hiking, horseback riding, and hunting.

As an author of more than forty books, Nesbitt also dedicates a great deal of time to reading, writing, and language study. Nesbitt writes contemporary, retro, mystery, and traditional western fiction, as well as nonfiction, poetry, and song lyrics.

His work is most often praised for its characterization, its sense of place, its prose style, and its blend of both popular and literary styles.

Readers enjoy his work because he writes about everyday people who meet challenges and solve problems in realistic ways.

John has won wide recognition for his work, including:

  • Two awards from the Wyoming State Historical Society (for fiction.)
  • Two awards from Wyoming Writers for encouragement of other writers and service to the organization
  • Two Wyoming Arts Council literary fellowships (one for fiction, one for non- fiction)
  • four Will Rogers Medallion Awards (for Thorns on the Rose, a poetry collection, Good Water, young adult fiction, and Dark Prairie and Death in Cantera, frontier mystery novels),
  • a Western Writers of America Spur finalist award for his novel Raven Springs, and the
  • Spur award  for his short story “At the End of the Orchard”
  • Spur Awards for his novels Trouble at the Redstone and Stranger in Thunder Basin.

Praise for John D Nesbitt

“Once again Nesbitt tells a complicated story with the kind of complex characterization for which he is best known.”
—Roundup Magazine (For the Norden Boys)

“For the Norden Boys rings as true as a triangle around the chuckwagon at suppertime.”
—True West (For the Norden Boys)

“Black Hat Butte has stronger characterization than is found in the average traditional Western, but then John Nesbitt isn't an average writer.”
Roundup Magazine

“John Nesbitt knows working cowboys and ranch life well enough for you to chew the dirt with his characters as this tale unfolds.”
True West

“Nesbitt creates characters so real, you can hear them talk if you close your eyes.”
Roundup Magazine

“Nesbitt is a true artist.”
Western American Literature

John Nesbitt Short Stories

West of Dancing Rock & Other Western Stories – More Info | Purchase

West of Dancing RockMore Info | Purchase

To Quench a ThirstMore Info | Purchase

With a Shade of GreyMore Info | Purchase

Back from BavispeMore Info | Purchase

If You've Got The SaddleMore Info | Purchase

Stone In The DistanceMore Info | Purchase

Flowers For RebeccaMore Info | Purchase

Spring Comes to the WidowMore Info | Purchase

HonchoMore Info | Purchase

Where It's a Little WarmerMore Info | Purchase

Trails EndMore Info | Purchase


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