Amazon TOP 100 Western Fiction Author W.R. Benton has previously authored nine books, fiction, non-fiction and Southern Humor. W.R. Benton has previously authored books of fiction, non-fiction and Southern humor. Such notable authors as, Matt Braun, Stephen Lodge, Don Bendell, and many others have endorsed his work. His survival book, "Simple Survival, a Family Outdoors Guide," is a 2005 Silver Award Winner from the Military Writers Society of American. Additionally, this book added to the prestigious Estes Park Library in Colorado. James Drury, "The Virginian," endorsed his latest two Western books, "War Paint" and "James McKay, U.S. Army Scout."
His book, "War Paint" has been selected and the contract signed for a movie to be made. The movie is currently in the pre-production stage.
Mister Benton has an Associate Degree in Search and Rescue, Survival Operations, a baccalaureate in Occupational Safety and Health, and a Masters Degree in Psychology completed except for his thesis. Sergeant Benton retired from the military in 1997, with over twenty-six years of active duty, and at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E-8). He spent twelve years as a Life Support Instructor where he taught aircrew members how to use survival gear, survival procedures, and parachuting techniques. Gary has attended the following United States Air Force Survival Schools:
Basic Survival Training
Water Survival Training
Jungle Survival Training
Arctic Survival Training
Sergeant Benton also has over 12 years of classroom instruction as a Life Support Instructor, where he trained thousands of men and women.
Mr. Benton and his wife, Melanie, live near Jackson, Mississippi, with three dogs and two cats.