Wayne Norris is a writer from Oklahoma who’s fascinated with history’s mysteries, and has recently joined the Book Country workshop. We wanted to welcome him to the fold and chat with him about his young adult book, JESSE, which asks the question, “What if Jesse James didn’t die at the hands of Robert Ford?”
NG: Let’s start from the beginning: How did you become a writer?
WN: It’s a strange, round-about story. I used to be a Correctional Officer, mainly transporting inmates from local jails. I spent a lot of time on the road, so I had plenty of opportunities to think about things. Eventually, a story would pop into my head and, on my off hours, I’d type it on my computer. This became the basis of my first book. Once that was published, I was so proud of myself, I had to start another; hence, JESSE was born.