Surprising joys of editing

When you’ve been working for a year on a new book, you take your pleasures where you can find them. Deep into editing the third Josey Angel novel, it wasn’t enough to have a bird singing in the trees. I needed to know what kind of bird and what it sounded like. A lengthy Google and YouTube search into the birds of Wyoming and their calls got me an answer while providing this pleasant diversion into a Fort Collins band with just the right name. Enjoy the music and check back soon for more update ...


‘Angel Falls’ is a gritty, emotionally charged love story

Great review for Angel Falls in the News-Journal. The link below includes a special podcast on the background of Trail Angel and Angel Falls.  Hope you enjoy! 'Angel Falls' is a gritty, emotionally charged love story By Jim Abbott When readers were first introduced to Josey Angel, the marquee character in the 2016 novel “Trail Angel,” he was a taciturn gunslinger in the aftermath of the Civil War, famous for his speedy draw with a rifle or pistol. That trait remains a defining characteristic ...


Jackson Hole News & Guide Review

I really enjoyed this great write-up in the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Isa Jones was a terrific interviewer, and I'm thrilled someone so close to the setting of Angel Falls shared my appreciation for the landscape and history - while really getting into the fun of the story. "The story really sucks you in," she wrote, calling the book "a classic Western."   'Angel Falls’ is more than just a Western By Isa Jones, November 22, 2017   A classic Western is rare these days. There are b ...


Newspaper editor’s new novel hits bookstores

If you're looking for insights into what went into creating the characters and story for Angel Falls, check out this Q&A I did with The Daytona Beach News-Journal's Austin Fuller. For a bonus, follow the link to a recorded interview with even more background. Newspaper editor's new novel hits bookstores By Austin Fuller Entertainment writer Austin Fuller sat down with News-Journal Managing Editor Derek Catron to discuss the publication of his second novel, “Angel Falls,” which comes out thi ...


Book signing at Daytona Beach Barnes & Noble

  I'll be at the Daytona Beach Barnes & Noble (1900 W International Speedway Blvd.) from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, to celebrate the release of Angel Falls. I'll be signing books throughout that period, with a short reading and Q&A session around 2:30. The Historical Novel Society had this to say about my second novel: "This well-written western has suspense in every chapter. ... A page-turner that is difficult to put down." You can read more about the book and listen to an ...


Book signing in Daytona Beach

I will be back at Barnes & Noble in Daytona Beach from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 14 for the store’s “local authors afternoon.” We’ll still be a month out from the release of “Angel Falls,” but I’ll be signing copies of “Trail Angel” for those who haven’t picked one up yet. You can also pre-order copies of the sequel and get news of a third book in the works. Hope to see you out there.


Angel Falls coming in November

Here's the ad copy for the sale of Angel Falls, which will be out in mid-November. Here's the synopsis:  In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Trail Angel, award-winning journalist Derek Catron weaves a thrilling tale of three unforgettable characters: Josey Angel, a Union cavalryman struggling to set aside a violent past and make a life with the woman he loves; Annabelle Rutledge, a Southern war widow who came west to rebuild her family’s fortunes and found love but little peace ...

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Advance Reader Copies – Angel Falls

While we're still a few months away from the Nov. 15 release date for Angel Falls, I'm thrilled to see how good the advance reader copies look. These are early paperback prints of the book used to help generate advance publicity and reviews. I'll be mailing these out to reviewers soon in hopes that we get the same kind of positive feedback we had for Trail Angel. Booklist called it "A finely constructed, well-told western." And the verdict from Kirkus was "A timeless tale of love and advent ...

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