John Layne

John Layne is an internatonal award-winning author of two Western Fiction novels.


He is a veteran of law enforcement whose career began with the Houston Texas Police Department in 1981. After bringing his badge to a couple of additional agencies, he retired in 2012 but never left the profession. He is currently a Senior Detective for a state-wide law enforcement agency in North Texas.

​His writing career began in the sports industry as a freelance writer and sports editor for national magazines and online publications.  ​

He grew up watching western movies and reading stories of the old west. His theatrical influences included actors John Wayne, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, and Sam Elliott as well as directors John Ford, Henry Hathaway, and Howard Hawks. He drew literary inspiration from Louis L’Amour, Robert B. Parker, C. J. Box, and Lee Child. His passion for history and the classic western genre inspired him to write his first novel, Gunslingers (Newman Springs 2019), and its sequel, Red River Reunion (Labrador Publishing 2020), both classic westerns set in 1877 Texas. ​

John is an avid sports fan and horse enthusiast. He is a member of Western Writers of America, Western FictioneersAmerican Paint Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.