So Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

on October 23, 2014

By Sheldon Russell Well, it’s true.  Where do you get your ideas is the question most asked of writers and often the most difficult to answer.  My own experience is that ideas arrive at unexpected times, like visits from the church deacons. They can come from parts unknown and turn up in all shapes and forms. … Read More

Sheldon Russell

Sheldon Russell

Dr. Russell published his first novel, Empire, in 1993 with Evans Publications, Inc. He followed that suspense novel with two historic frontier titles—The Savage Trail (Pinnacle Books, 1993) and Requiem at Dawn (Pinnacle Books, 2000). Requiem at Dawn was a finalist for Best Original Paperback in the 2001 Western Writers of America, Inc., Spur Awards competition.

In 2006, the University of Oklahoma Press released Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, which was selected as an Official Oklahoma Centennial Project. It won both the Oklahoma Book Award for fiction and the Langum Prize for Historical Literature. With The Yard Dog: A Mystery (Minotaur Books, September 2009), Russell introduces the Hook Runyon series. The first book finds Hook investigating a murder at an Oklahoma railroad yard near a German POW camp during WWII. The Insane Train, second in the series, was selected as one of the six best mysteries of 2010 by Publishers Weekly.

What I Know About Women

on May 23, 2014

Like most writers, I also had a day job, because one does acquire a certain taste for the luxuries of life, such as shelter and food.  I wound up, largely by chance, as a college professor, reading specialist type, working with teachers. So, at the ripe old age of thirty, I looked up to find… Read More


on September 11, 2013

It isn’t often a writer has two books coming out within three weeks of each other, but that’s how it happened for me this time around.  It’s exciting of course.  What writer wouldn’t be thrilled to have his babies born as twins.  But it has also been strangely eerie.  Though born only weeks apart, my… Read More