Here you can learn all about the life and writing career of Wayne D. Overholser. A member of an elite group of Western writers with 100 or more books to their credit, Wayne began writing for pulp magazines in 1936, and rose to eminence in the field after publication of his first novel, Buckaroo’s Code (1947). In addition to his novels, Wayne completed over 400 short stories during his illustrious 60-year writing career.
Wayne's ability to create intriguing plots with compelling characters is well known in the western writer community. Please enjoy looking through this website and then go to the shop page and treat yourself to a great Overholser western adventure today!
THREE TIME SPUR AWARD WINNER
Wayne was a humble man despite his great accomplishments as a writer. He let his story telling do the talking. He won the Spur Award three times. Winning the Spur is like winning an academy award for the movie of the year. It is given by the Western Writer's Association of America for the best western novels of the year in several categories. Read more here ».
SADDLEMAN AWARD WINNER
Wayne won this prestigious award in 1989. Originally, the Saddleman Award was given to the author of the best book of the year (from the then five Spur categories: nonfiction, historical novel, novel, juvenile, and “short material”) but in 1967 was designated for “Outstanding Contributions to the American West”– a rule change that allowed the award to be given to non-writers such as John Wayne, John Ford, and Clint Eastwood.
Levi Strauss sponsored the Saddleman for thirty years. The polished bronze statuette of a cowboy (in Levi’s, of course) with a saddle slung over his right shoulder, a branding iron in his left hand — was the work of Bay Area sculptor Spero Anargyros.