When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I first fell in love with romance novels, but especially those with cowboys and the history of the Old West. I love mail-order brides, female gunslingers and all that goes with the history found there. Who are your three favorite Western writers?
For those kind enough to follow my blogs closely, you may remember that I reviewed a Robert Hanlon book, “Timber: United States Marshal,” back on Oct. 18. “The Guns of Gray Buffalo” is the second book in Hanlon’s “Timber” series (probably the first and last to not include Timber in the title), and it’s a
Maybe I’m slow, but it takes months, sometimes years, for me to make a friend. That’s one of the fascinating things about Facebook — you can make, by their definition, a new friend in a matter of seconds. Simply click a button, and if they accept, rather than delete, your request, you have a new
Donald Hamilton’s 1957 book, “The Big Country,” started out as short story, a four-week serial in the Saturday Evening Post, known then as “Ambush at Blanco Canyon.” It became known as “The Big Country” after the movie with the same name came out. I only recently saw the movie for the first time and was
When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I first fell in love with Westerns watching them with my father. He was an avid John Wayne fan and loved the West himself, and his love for it flowed down river to me. When we took vacations out west, they took
Writing a novel is almost always a solo act, though of course, many do partner up and co-author books (something I haven’t tried yet, but plan to). But for the most part, it’s you and the keyboard or, if you’re old school, you and a pad. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in
DIRECTOR: Simon Wincer STARS: Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman and Laura San Giacomo RELEASE DATE: 1990 LENGTH: 119 minutes “Quigley Down Under” is why there is Saturday afternoon television. If you find yourself on a lazy, rainy, Saturday afternoon, planted on your most comfortable couch and flicking through the channels to see what’s on, and you
When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I was raised around Westerns. Both my mom and dad watched them. This was in the 1950s when they were so popular. Saturday mornings were spent watching all the Westerns on the first TV we got. Even after I left home, Mom
Jim Burnett and I have worked on a couple of projects together, including each contributing a short to a project he spearheaded, “Guide My Hand, Precious Lord,” a series of religious-based Western short stories. We’ve never had a chance to meet, but have spoken and written quite a bit, and while we differ on some
It is my experience that for many writers the “delete” key is either the most over- or under-utilized key on the keyboard. Allow me to offer these words of advice. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you overuse the delete key, thinking nothing (or very little) that you write deserves to ever be read.