Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find a list of JLB’s books, listing them in order?
Can I order signed copies of books?
When will the next book be out?
Does Jim have any advice for aspiring writers?
Can I send Jim a copy of something I’ve written? I have a great idea for a story….can I send it to Jim?
Can I mail books for Jim to sign?
When will we see the next Billy Bob Holland book?
Which two books won the MWA Edgar Award?
Which of JLB’s books have been made into movies?


 

Where can I find a list of JLB’s books, listing them in order?
The books are listed chronologically by series here or chronologically by date here.

Can I order signed copies of books?
Jim’s signing events are posted in the News Section. You do not have to attend to buy a book. Fact and Fiction on Higgins in Missoula, MT, and Books Along the Teche in New Iberia, among several other independent stores, accommodate orders for signed books. I mention these two stores because they may currently have signed copies in stock.

When will the next book be out?
House of the Rising Sun will be out Dec. 1, 2015.

Does Jim have any advice for aspiring writers?
Here’s what JLB had to say:

My advice is to never lose faith in one’s gift and to never quit. An artist must ignore the naysayers and not be discouraged by rejection and never, under any circumstances, give up submitting one’s work. My rule has always been that no manuscript stays at home more than thirty-six hours. If a person has to ask the opinion of others about his work, in all probability the work is no good. An artist creates out of compulsion and will continue to do so until his death. I met Irving Stone when I was nineteen. Someone at our gathering asked if a writer should make compromises in order to publish. Mr. Stone replied, “Never write a story to pay your gas bill. If you do, be assured your utilities will be turned off.”

I never forgot those words.

Can I send Jim a copy of something I’ve written? I have a great idea for a story….can I send it to Jim?
I’m sorry, but for legal reasons, you can not send any unpublished work or story suggestions to Jim.

Can I mail books for Jim to sign?
Several years ago, after a couple of disastrous turns with shipping, Jim had to ask that people no longer send books. A few titles are available through the website on the “books for sale” page. Also feel free to contact us for suggestions on where to find signed books.

When will we see the next Billy Bob Holland book?
JLB says “I’ll be writing about the Hollands, I’m sure, in one fashion or another.” 2007

Which two books won the MWA Edgar Award?
Black Cherry Blues and Cimarron Rose; Jim was also awarded MWA’s GrandMaster Award in 2009.

Which of JLB’s books have been made into movies?
Two for Texas starring Kris Kristofferson and Tom Skerrit was produced by TNT. Heaven’s Prisoners starred Alec Baldwin as Dave Robicheaux, and also starred Terri Hatcher, Kelly Lynch, Eric Roberts and Mary Stuart Masterson. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead starred Tommy Lee Jones as Dave Robicheaux, and also featured John Goodman and Mary Steenburgen.