More About the Author
Miles Swarthout is the Spur Award-winning author of his first novel in 2004, The Sergeant's Lady. Westerns have been Miles' specialty, as he also wrote the screenplay for The Shootist, John Wayne's final film, based upon Miles' father, Glendon Swarthout's classic novel, which also won a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America in 1975. Miles was nominated for a Writers Guild award as Best Adaptation in 1976, when The Shootist movie was released. That film has since come to be regarded as one of the Duke's very best Westerns, with its stellar cast of Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Richard Boone, Scatman Crothers, and other well-known supporting actors. Miles has recently published a sequel novel, The Last Shootist, in hard cover from Forge Books/Macmillan, which debuted in October, 2014, to terrific early reviews.
Miles lives in Los Angeles near the beach and LAX and has adapted others of his dad's novels, including A Christmas Gift (available on Kindle downloads), which became the 1978 CBS TV-Movie, A Christmas To Remember. Miles continues to write screenplays, and one of them, The Homesman, again based upon one of his late father's original Western novels, is now in release as a feature film, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, and Hilary Swank. The
film premiered at the famous Cannes Film Festival in May of 2014. This frontier Western is now in selected theatres for Oscar consideration, considering that 3 former best actor winners are in its cast. An ebook and trade paperback edition of The Homesman are now available on Amazon Books.
The rest of the Swarthouts' book titles are also available for downloading on Amazon's Kindle EBook readers. Miles has a Western short story in the Western Writers' anthology, Roundup!, published in June, 2010, and a chapter on the making of The Shootist in a newly revised Wayne fanbook, Duke: We're Glad We Knew You, currently available from Citadel Press/Film.
Check out the Swarthout's entire backlist and the 9 movies made from them on their literary website, www.glendonswarthout.com. That website also contains Miles' short comedy film, Mulligans!, which stars Tippi Hedren and Marcia Rodd, and won 8 prizes in film festivals world-wide, besides airing 50 times on the Womens' Entertainment (WE) cable TV network. Mulligans! streams for free.