James Babb, author of The Devil's Backbone and The Devil's Trap, has signed with Plum Street Publishers, Inc. to publish the next book in his popular Brody Martin series. The Devil's Den finds Brody and his friend Ames, the former slave and Civil War veteran, on the run from bounty hunters and wanted for crimes they did not (exactly) commit. Featuring an action-packed pursuit through the Crawford County landmark known as The Devil's Den and a reckoning in Judge Parker's court in the Fort Smith Courthouse, The Devil's Den is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017.
Babb is originally from Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. He moved to Conway to attend college, where he met and married the love of his life. She transplanted him to De Queen a few years later so they could raise their two daughters close to extended family. During this time he developed a strange affliction known as Closet Writing, wherein story ideas are born but shelved in the mental closet. In 2008, a battle with cancer left him with much down time but no off switch for his imagination, and he began to take story crafting seriously.
Babb's first historical adventure novel, The Devil’s Backbone, was released in 2013. A self-confessed "reluctant reader" in adolescence, Babb wrote for those same readers, who have embraced his vivid characters and taut narrative style. The Devil's Backbone won a coveted national IPPY Award in juvenile fiction and was also selected by the Arkansas Historical Association as a winner of the Susannah DeBlack Award awarded to books for young readers.
The second book in the series, The Devil’s Trap, released in 2015, received recognition, along with The Devil’s Backbone, at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Babb continues to create stories as the inspiration strikes and his laptop battery remains charged.