Art Clepper has always been an avid reader of western novels right along with his father. Around his 5th grade year, about 1950, the book mobile would visit his country school once a month. He would check out the maximum number of books allowed and take them home to share with his dad. They’d split them up and spend hours telling each other about the stories in those books; all while riding horses, tending cattle or chopping grass out of the rows of peanuts on their farm.
Louis L’Amour and Lou Bradshaw seem to influence his writing style the most. He finds the western genre to remain his favorite still today. It’s wholesomeness is who Art is and all that he has been raised to believe. Hard work and true grit has never gone out of style in Art’s world. He’s walked where times were rough but yet so innocently simple. He writes from experience and often from the memories years ago on that farm working alongside his family. It’s in the details that he describes with such clarity that you begin to smell leather and gunpowder yourself.
Art is a native Texan, born in Waller County, Texas. He broke and trained his first horse and bagged his first ten-point buck at the age of 12. After high school, he served in the armed forces and spent the next fifty-five years in sales in Houston, Texas. He lives in Brazos Country, Texas with Barbara, his wife of fifty-five years. They have three daughters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He began his writing career at the age of 79.