James L. Haley serves as our Writer-in-Residence. James is a distinguished author of over twenty books, including six historical novels in a variety of settings.
His nonfiction embraces the history of the American West, including state histories of Texas and Hawaii, Native Americana, and a long-standing biography of Sam Houston. Among several prizes he has won the Western Writers of America Spur Award twice, and the Texas Historical Commission Book Award twice.
In addition to writing, Haley interacts with guests at the Pines Ranch in a variety of ways. He leads nature hikes, campfire talks and historical tours of the Pines Ranch and the Wet Mountain Valley.
Reviews of James L. Haley Books
“The history is thoroughly researched, the fiction inventive, the style at once easy-going and rapid. . . . This is a marvelous and richly enjoyable novel, and the intended series to follow promises to do for the American Navy and the Marines what C. S. Forester and Patrick O’Brian did for the Royal Navy. . . . More, please.”
—Wall Street Journal on The Shores of Tripoli (2016)
“Definitive . . . the best information on this tribe is now between the covers of one book.” — Denver Post on Apaches: A History and Culture-Portrait (1981)
“. . . gripping narrative . . . Haley is far more honest about London’s flaws than most [but] he redeems his subject. . . . the kind of honesty that the subject of every biography deserves.” --San Francisco Chronicle on Wolf: The Lives of Jack London (2010)