Jim Squires

Jim Squires is the author of Horse of a Different Color, an account of his wild ride as the breeder of Monarchos, the winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby. He has been breeding and raising horses since 1977, thoroughbreds in Kentucky since 1990, and was the editor of the Chicago Tribune from 1981 to 1989. He lives in Versailles, Kentucky.

Q & A

Where are you from?
Nashville, Tennessee

Who are your favorite writers?
McCormick McCarthy, Elmore Leonard, E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Atwood, Jane Smiley, Sam Shepard, Scott Fitzgerald.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren. The Last Hurrah, Edwin O’Connor

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Horses, golf, Western Art

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
After age 50, don’t write a single sentence without your tongue in your cheek.

What is your favorite quote?
I now prefer the company of dogs to men and books to dogs—Col. Robert McCormick

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
When do you write? Answer: Early in the morning.

What inspired you to write your first book?
A $5,000 advance from New American Library

Where do you write?
In a corner 2nd story office of my old Kentucky Home, circa 1790



Headless Horsemen

James D. Squires

A pointed and irreverent critique of thoroughbred racing’s breakdown, by a prominent journalist turned horse breederJim Squires was in trouble. He had gone from one business seemingly...