Over the years, crime fiction authors have created detective characters that are unforgettable; be it Arthur’s Sherlock or Agatha’s Poirot. With the Last Enemy series, author Dan E. Hendrickson has created another unforgettable character, Deputy Jim, a brave and smart sheriff who fights crime in Sheridan county.
We had a chance to have a candid conversation with Dan Hendrickson where he talked about his books, his writing journey, his life, and much more. Before we dive into his interesting answers, let us first know a little more about the author.
About the Author: Dan E. Henderickson
Dan Hendrickson is an author and a businessman from Sheridan, Wyoming. He has majored in journalism and also has a degree in Practical Theology. Dan also studied Martial Arts, has black belts in 2 styles, and has instructed martial arts for over 20 years.
Dan returned to his passion for telling stories and published his debut book ‘The Last Enemy’ in 2019. Over the years, he successfully turned it into a book series. ‘The Legend of Deputy Jim’ is a prequel to the same series.
Apart from writing, he and his wife Cheryl have owned three different auto detailing businesses throughout the country, the last of which they still run to this day. He went on to do much volunteer Christian ministry work throughout the United States for most of his adult life and continues to pursue those endeavors to this day.
Further, author Dan Hendrickson shared about his childhood, writing journey, inspirations, and more interesting things about himself. Here are all of his interesting answers.
Tell us about your parents, kids, and family.
My Mom and Dad were Carl and Helen Hendrickson. They met in Sheridan Wyoming in the 1950s and that is where they raised me, my brother, and two sisters. My dad was quite an individual. He served in the Philippines in WWII and received a Bronze Star and Two Purple Hearts medals. He was a small business owner, English professor, and Inventor. Successful at all three. Mom and Dad divorced when I was about three years old and both married others. I have been married to the same woman for 33 years now and still going strong. We have three wonder children, all grown, and one granddaughter.
When and where were you born and bought up?
I was born on April 23, 1962, and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming.
What were you like at school? Any childhood memory you would like to share?
In grade school and Junior high, I was very shy and a little introverted. I had many emotional things to deal with because my parents divorced. By my last year in Junior High, I came out of my shell and became active in sports, and started improving my grades. I was an avid participant in boxing, wrestling, and track.
What are your educational/professional qualifications?
I went on to College and received an associate degree in journalism and political science from Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. Then I attended The Way College of Emporia, Kansas, and received another associate degree in Practical Theology. I have training in Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and emergency medical technician. I have also run a successful automotive body shop/detail shop/dealership for the last 25 years.
What is your biggest achievement till today?
Being an active Christian minister most of my adult life. Raising three very successful and motivated children with my wonderful wife.
Which writers inspire you?
Ernest Hemingway, Shakespeare, C. S. Forester, Stephen R. Donaldson, Robert Ludlum, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Hunter, Kevin J. Anderson. To name a few
Writing is stressful at times. How do you relax your mind?
Reading the Bible and listening to music.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Half of winning is showing up to compete.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
What books do you like to read personally? What are you reading currently?
More than any other, I read the Bible. Right now I am also reading a book by a new author called “The Doxan” and a Historical Fiction called “Child of Wonder”.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I have no desire to be the originator of any story that I did not originally come up with.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?
I finally put on paper one of these stories that have been rolling around in my head for years.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I normally get most of my writing done in the morning between 8 AM and noon.
What is the reason you write for; is it for the readers or yourself or some other thing?
Writing books is why I write books. That’s what I say when people ask me that. I have stories I want to tell. I enjoy telling them and books are the best to do that, so that’s why I write.
About your Book: The Legend of Deputy Jim
The Legend of Deputy Jim is an action-thriller, crime-fiction novel by Dan E. Hendrickson, published in the year 2019. The book follows the adventurous life and legendary actions of Deputy Jim Edwards, who became the deputy at Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States, after completing his graduation but was already a hero and a savior way before that.
The book is all about action, crime, detective skills, and heroism. It will especially appeal to all those rough action-thrillers and fight lovers.
What genre is your book? What draws you to this genre?
It is an action-adventure, western thriller. I like action anything. The book is considered a Neo (modern) western because it takes place in Wyoming in the early 1970s.
What was the inspiration behind the character of sheriff deputy Jim?
He is one of the main characters in my Last Enemy Series. This is his back story.
What makes ‘The Legend of Deputy Jim’ stand out in this genre?
Jim is a smart, good-hearted guy that has a problem with his temper when he gets pushed. The biggest appeal from his story is that a lot of the crime with the biker gangs written in the story really took place in my hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming, back in the 70s.
What should a reader expect from ‘The Legend of Deputy Jim’?
A Thrill ride!
This book is a prequel and origin story of Deputy Jim from The Last Enemy. What was the hardest & the easiest part of writing this as a prequel?
The easy part is that a lot of Jim’s character has been developed in the previous books. The hard part is to make his younger version fresh and exciting.
Any special experience about ‘The Legend of Deputy Jim’ that you would like to share?
When Jim’s family gets threatened, he does not know how to back down. He’s go no quit or retreat in him and the bikers find that out the hard way.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I am just going to keep on writing books indefinitely!
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