Ben H. English
An eighth-generation Texan, Ben H. English was raised mostly in the Big Bend area and attended a one room schoolhouse in Terlingua. He served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years, taught a Criminal Justice program at the high school level and retired after 22 years as a trooper in the Texas Highway Patrol. He is also an honors graduate of Angelo State University with a BA in Government. Currently he lives in Alpine and writes on a variety of subjects.
A long-time student of history, Ben firmly believes that those who do not know theirs are doomed to make the same mistakes as have been made before. The lack of knowing one’s history, be it personal, familial, cultural or societal, is…Learn More
Ben started out cowboying on his family’s ranches and by the age of ten was expected to do a man’s work in the saddle. By the time he… Learn More
Ben writes with a realistic feel in what he describes by using his varied life experiences as a guide, along with the insight gained from long friendships with the many extraordinary people he has called ‘friend’.
Always the explorer with a…Learn More
Ben H. English is a proud member of the Western Writers of America.
Ben’s Latest Books:
When one opens the pages to this book they step into another world and place, and even on occasions, another time. No matter what you may know about the lower Big Bend or think you know about the lower Big Bend, here are thoughts, maps and photographs that bring together a heretofore unachieved mosaic of this rugged, lonesome land. In effect, Out There is a work that others simply cannot compare to. Whether you might be a first-time visitor or have made many a journey into its more remote environs, there is so much contained within to both see as well as savor. It is a book meant to be read and re-read time and again. If home is where the heart is, even the first few paragraphs leave no doubt as to where the author’s resides. And that is only the beginning.
‘Destiny’s Way’ is best described as an action-adventure tale, a ghost story and an old-fashioned romance. It takes place in the lower Big Bend circa 1980, but has flashbacks to the time of the Mexican Revolution. The back cover blurb for the book follows at the end of this post. Though the story itself is fictional; just about every trail, tinaja, seep, uplift, creek bed, ruin or rock is actually there, or at least was. There is also a good deal of regional history involved and the book is the first of about a dozen volume series.
Book signings and presentations are in planning once this virus scare subsides. If you would like a book signing in your area, please let your local library, book store, or civic group know.
I would like to thank Creative Texts Publishers for offering this long term, multi book contract, as well as their enthusiasm and help in this process. They have treated me with the utmost attention, regard and respect.
In equal portions, I would like to thank my advance readers for their suggestions and many positive comments concerning the manuscript. I hope that you are reading this and will comment.
Finally I would like to thank you, the individual reader, for being so encouraging and supportive of my first book ‘Yonderings.’ It succeeded in ways near unheard of for an initial effort.
I think you will find ‘Destiny’s Way’ worthy of my second one.
“Kate Blanchard woke up one morning in a dream home she could no longer afford, a young son who needed a man’s influence and not a friend among those who claimed to be prior to her husband’s mysterious disappearance.
About all she could lay claim to was a ramshackle ranch along Terlingua Creek, sitting forlornly in the desolate reaches of the lower Big Bend in Texas. It was the only place left she could go. There she finds a home, and a presence of something strange yet comforting that she can’t fully put her finger on or understand.
With that ethereal presence comes Solomon Zacatecas, a loner with his own past and a knowledge of her land near uncanny in nature. He helps her when no one else can and is honest when no one else will be, but she suspicions that he is not completely so.
Yet her quiet, unassuming neighbor proves to be more than capable in whatever situation arises. That includes when standing alone against those who would take everything else that Kate had, including her life as well as her son’s.”
Purchase a Copy of Ben’s Books:
Out There-Essays on the Lower Big Bend:
Yonderings: Trails and Memories of the Big Bend, published by TCU Press is available for purchase at