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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Forum Featuring M. Allen

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? About a year ago my publicist, Nick Wale, recommended I give writing a Western series a go. Six novels later, and I love writing my “Sutton Brothers Series.” I like the freedom that comes with writing great adventures with lots of action

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Epitaph

L.J. Washburn’s 1987 novel, “Epitaph,” opens with Hank Littleton, a teenage boy, being raised by his grandfather in a small West Texas town. In a matter of days, Hank thwarts a robbery, killing two of the three would-be robbers, and in a completely separate incident, watches his grandfather, the sheriff, get gunned down and killed

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Mile 13: Surround Yourself

As I started to write this particular Trail Notes, I found myself kicking around a couple of different ideas. As I often do when I’m thinking about writing, I found myself looking around my office, and I realized this week’s topic was right in front of me. In fact, it’s all around me. I’m staring

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Forum Featuring Michael D. Abbott

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I suppose the mid-1980s was when I first started getting into Western films, but Western writing came much later — 2011 or so. I liked the drama in it. It was similar to science fiction, which focuses more on the future; Westerns

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Once a Renegade

With 2002’s “Once a Renegade,” Peter Brandvold sets up quite a morality tale, under the umbrella of an old-fashioned Western. Shambeau is a Métis Indian who lives alone, as much as he can, and avoids people whenever possible. He is looked down on as a “dirty half breed” and lives his life by a code,

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Mile 12: The Team

You’ve started to write, which is great! Hopefully, you’ve moved beyond the first line and maybe even written a chapter or two. Writing can be, and usually is, a very solitary process. If you were writing a diary, or a journal, it would theoretically be designed to stay private. But you’re not. You’re writing a

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Movie Review: True Grit

“I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.” “Fill your hands you son of a bitch!” “True Grit” is quite simply just a heck of a fun movie to watch. It was released only one year after Charles Portis’ book by the same name and close to the end of John Wayne’s long

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Forum Featuring Nick Wale

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? Scott, I think there’s a part of every country boy that yearns to be a cowboy. I grew up in a rural area, where I fished and ran around in the open fields, not ever knowing what these things called socks were,

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A Bloody Day in Destiny

“A Bloody Day in Destiny” is a collection of four short stories from an author new to writing Westerns, Russ Towne. While Russ has written quite a few books over the past few years, this is his first foray into our genre, and it’s a good one. The book’s namesake story, “A Bloody Day in

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