Jim Fergus


Dear Reader,

Thank you for visiting my new website, both the English edition and the French version for my loyal readers in all francophone lands.

Included as background on the new site you will see the stunning landscape photographs of my friend and collaborator, Stephen Collector. Over a period of 20 years before I started writing fiction full-time, Steve and I worked together on numerous freelance assignments for a variety of national and regional magazines. Many of the images from those pieces are here included. Because a number of visitors to the site have asked me how they could see the photographs unimpeded by the copy that blocks a part of them, we have added a photo gallery. Much of the countryside represented in these photos, Steve and I have visited together over the years, either on assignment or for personal reasons.  We share an abiding love of the western American landscape, and in his beautiful work Steve has captured it in all its splendor.  I must also give credit where credit is due to another photographer friend, Tim Crawford, who accompanied me on a magazine assignment in eastern Washington State some years ago. Tim took the beautiful photograph of the vast canyon country there, in which I’m dressed in orange (a state law in Washington) and am followed along the rim by my two bird dogs, Sweetzer the lab, and Henri the French Brittany. This photo, also included in the gallery, was used on the cover of the French edition of A SPORTING ROAD (MON AMERIQUE).  To visit the photo gallery, please click here.

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I would also like to call your attention to my most recent novel, entitled, THE MEMORY OF LOVE —  a very different book than either ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN, or THE WILD GIRL.  Set mostly in France during and after WW I, it tells the tale of a passionate love affair between a young American cowboy from Colorado, who enlists in the French Foreign Legion to fight against the Germans, and a young French painter named Chrysis Jungbluth. Based on actual historical figures, much of the story takes place in 1920s Paris — Les Années Folles , “The Crazy Years.” THE MEMORY OF LOVE  is a very personal novel to me, close to my heart, as revealed in the Foreword. Sadly, I was unable to place the book with an American publisher (maybe at least partly because there are no Indians in it) although it was quite successfully published in France. After the commercial success of ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN, it seems that both publishers, and perhaps also readers, prefer that I write western historical fiction (with Indians). Actually, THE MEMORY OF LOVE  does have one native American character–a gay Sioux artist in Montparnasse in the 1920s…perhaps not what they’re looking for from me.  In any case, I finally self-published the novel and it is available both on amazon.com and at your local bookseller. I think it’s a good book, and I’m proud of it.

To the many readers and book clubs around the country who continue to so generously support ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN , I want   you to know that I am currently working on the second installment of a trilogy which follows the thread of that tale. I expect the new novel  to be published in 2016.

I hope you enjoy navigating this website, and that you find here books which engage your interest. Please post your comments, positive or negative, on the blog. I enjoy hearing from readers and will try to be more attentive about responding and updating.

Thank you.


Browse Books

  • The Memory of Love


    Spring 1916, North Park, Colorado: 17-year-old Bogart “Bogey” Lambert rides out from his family’s ranch on a dappled gray stallion named Crazy Horse, off to join the French Foreign Legion and fight against the Germans in The Great War… Read More >

  • One Thousand White Women

    One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

    Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of a remarkable woman who travels west in 1875 and marries the Chief of the Cheyenne Nation… Read More >

  • The Wild Girl

    The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles

    From the award-winning author of One Thousand White Women, a novel in the tradition of Little Big Man, tracing one man’s search for adventure and the wild Apache girl who invites him into her world… Read More >

  • Marie Blanche


    A sweeping family historical novel covering the entire 20th century, and three continents, MARIE-BLANCHE is based on the lives of Jim Fergus’s French mother and grandmother — a troubled and finally tragic relationship. Originally published in France in 2011 to critical acclaim and commercial success, MARIE-BLANCHE will appear in an American edition in the fall of 2014. Read More >

  • A Hunter's Road

    A Hunter’s Road

    There are estimated to be more than six million bird hunters in America, everyone of whom has dreamed of the kind of epic season of sport that Jim Fergus lives in A HUNTER’S ROAD — 17,000 miles in 5 months, pursuing 21 different game bird species across 24 states. But one need not be a bird hunter to enjoy this picaresque adventure; and far more important than the statistics are the hundreds of miles on foot that Fergus and his trusty yellow lab, Sweetzer, cover in the course of their longest season — Read More >

  • The Sporting Road

    The Sporting Road

    FROM RENOWNED OUTDOOR WRITER JIM FERGUS comes this collection which represents a kind of extended journey across the country, from Colorado to Florida and points beyond. From pheasant hunting at Nebraska’s Fort Robinson, to bone fishing on the flats of Grand Exuma, Bahamas, these 32 essays arranged by season, chronicle Fergus’s most memorable travels hunting and fishing over a period of six years. A book about the natural world and man’s place in it… Read More >