Recently published author Troy Buck.
Recently published author Troy Buck.

Outfitted in his best cowboy hat and boots, and dressed like a character from a classic Elmer Kelton western novel, recently published author Troy Buck (or "Buck”, as he prefers to be called) is an Andrews native who started first grade at Glorieta Elementary School with young classmates who are now members of the Class of "63”. Buck’s dad, Zeddie, and his mother, Hulene, owned and operated Hulene’s Dry Cleaners across from the Andrews County Courthouse square for 15 years before the family relocated to East Texas in 1962 at the end of Buck’s Junior year at Andrews High School.
As a young man growing up in Andrews, Buck didn’t dream of writing the next great western novel. In fact, it was not until he was 62 years old that Buck hand-wrote his books and stories with a pencil. Buck had befriended the late Elmer Kelton, a fellow West Texan with ties to Andrews, who won the much-coveted Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Buck asked Mr. Kelton to read some of his short stories, and it was with his encouragement that Buck began to write. He has now written nine novels, including The Vigilante Grannies, a compelling suspense novel whose storyline emulates America’s drug war and its impact on our country’s youth.
In the novel, five courageous grandmothers find themselves compelled to combat the drug dealers in their community by "taking matters into their own hands.” The book is published by Tiger Tale Publishing Company of Odessa.
Recently, Buck paid a visit to Trey Culp and Sally Carruth at Strandz Hair Salon, located at 708 N. Main St in Andrews. Buck, Trey and Sally shared stories of "old times” in Andrews, and discussed their mutual friends.
Placed prominently on the counter at Strandz is a sign offering patrons the opportunity to purchase and read The Vigilante Grannies. Buck sold and autographed a few books while at Strandz, and he has promised to "drop in” at any time to meet and greet Trey and Sally’s clients, and to autograph more books.
The Vigilante Grannies is available for purchase at Strandz, or as an e-book. Interested readers may also contact Mark Gard at Tiger Tale Publishing Company, 432-337-8511 or visit its website at Although Buck wasn’t able to graduate from Andrews High School with his childhood friends, he has already made plans to attend the 50-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963 this July in Andrews.

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