Joseph Gary Crance is the son of a retired New York State Forest Ranger. He grew up chasing behind coonhounds in his forests of hometown of Painted Post, spending hundreds of hours in the woods day and night and in every season. After a nearly 30-year career with the Department of Defense, with over 20 years in uniform with the U.S. Air Force, he returned with his family to the timeless hills of Upstate New York.
Now, he's pursuing a lifelong dream as a novelist. To date, he's self-published four novels, a family saga set in (of all places) Painted Post and with coonhounds, no less:
- The Last Coon Hunter: Book I of the Ryland Creek Saga
- An Exceptional Hound: Book II of the Ryland Creek Saga
- The Legends of Ryland Creek: Book III of the Ryland Creek Saga
- The Master of Hounds: Book IV of the Ryland Creek Saga
His fifth novel, The Forest Ghost: A Ryland Creek novel, is expected in the fall of 2021.
Joe has an associates degree in Survival and Rescue Operations from the U.S. Air Force, and a Bachelors in Professional Writing from Mansfield University. He is also a member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association.