Celebrated Texas Author Carlton Stowers Writing Westerns

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Carlton Stowers, a celebrated Texas author of over forty books, is now writing a series of Western novels. This is only the most recent career change for the highly respected journalist/author. He has changed genres several times before, and always with great success.

After a lengthy career as a sports writer for The Dallas Morning News and other publications, Stowers found fame in a very different field, as a true crime writer. His first true crime book, “Careless Whispers,” was published in 1986. It detailed the horrific rapes and murders of three teenagers at Lake Waco in 1982. The book’s central character was a dedicated patrol sergeant who refused to stop investigating until all four perpetrators were finally incarcerated.

Stowers said, “I was ready to reinvent myself from sports writing and move on to something different, after being in that business a lot of years. I stumbled into writing about crime, something I had never aspired to do. But after the success of ‘Careless Whispers,’ I was now labeled a true crime writer. I did that for a half dozen books or so, but it’s difficult to spend two years dealing with that kind of subject.”

Celebrated Texas Author Carlton Stowers Writing Westerns
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True crime books “To the Last Breath” and “Careless Whispers,” won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime Book for their year. Other award-winning, best-selling books during that period were “Scream at the Sky,” “Innocence Lost,” (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize), and “Open Secrets.” He also wrote an autobiographical “Sins of the Son.”

Carlton’s books have been selections for Book of the Month Club, Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Mystery Book Club, and numerous others. Movie/TV production companies optioned five of his books. “Open Secrets” was the basis for an ABC mini-series, “Telling Secrets.” “To the Last Breath” was included in Readers’ Digest’s anthology, “Today’s Best Non-Fiction.” His work has been translated into Afrikaans, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish languages.

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