Storytime for Grownups – Author Spotlight: Butch Rutt, author of ‘High School Dropout-Stories of a Navy Pilot’

With the cooperation of Waldorf Publishing, we are proud to be able to profile some of the finest fiction and non-fiction authors out there today. The fourth author of the series is Butch Rutt.


How did you get your start in the literary world? I was contacted by Waldorf Publishing Nov of 2015 via email. I called and talked to the publisher for about an hour and a half. She wanted to know my story and views on current events.

Over the years I’ve had a couple dozen people tell me I should write a book but never knew anything about the business or the process of writing an actual book.

Can you tell us a little more about what you do?Currently I am a Deputy Sheriff for the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department, a county west of Denver.


What is your favorite part about being an author?So far it’s been the satisfaction of completing a rather arduous process. I have a much greater appreciation for what it takes to get a book done and printed. That coupled with the fact that I continue to receive correspondence from people I haven’t seen or heard from in over 35 years.

How do you get your inspiration?For me it was the fact that my father left me, my mother and three sisters when I was 8 or 9 years old and I never really knew him. My son was that age when we started the book and I didn’t want that to happen to him. When he gets older I wanted him to know about me, what I did and where I was.


Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen?All of my characters are or were real life people. The Bounty Hunter Keith when I worked at the Bail Bond Office would be a good one!

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career?Each step of the way has certainly had its moments. From high school dropout at 16 to working in gas stations, obtaining a GED at 20, to earning a pilots license, instrument and commercial rating and a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Science in 2 1/2 years. Obtaining a Commission in the the Navy, Flight School, flying Anti Submarine Warfare operations in the fleet, RAG Instructor Pilot, Special Agency and Pilot for the US Customs Service which included 3 years in Central and South America in the war on drugs. After that it was over 10 years as an airline pilot with Northwest Air lines and finally getting married, having a son and going to work as a Deputy Sheriff. Each step had quite a few funny moments, many not so PG.

Can you tell us a bit about your book?It’s an autobiography that takes you through my life up until the day my son was born in 2007. So far the overwhelming theme of reviews has been “inspirational” and “never give up on your dreams” which has been great!

What is your next big project?AJ Reilly, the guy who helped me write my book wants to do another one. When I told him that I didn’t think I had another book in me he said “Sure you do! Lets write a fiction book and in it you can talk about all the things you couldn’t talk about in this one!”. So stay tuned.

Anything else you’d like to add?While my story takes many turns and people seem to enjoy the events in my life, I would encourage everyone to write their history, their story. It will be important to the people in their lives years down the road. Many people have expressed their disappointment in not asking their parents more questions when they had the opportunity.



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