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Forum Featuring Douglas R. Cobb

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? My Dad really loved reading Westerns long before I ever decided to check one out and see what made him love the genre so much. I’d say his love of reading Western novels, which he also passed on to my two older

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Forum Featuring Johnny D. Boggs

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? Watching them on TV as a kid. “Gunsmoke still rules.” The West looked and felt a whole lot different than the tobacco fields and swamps where I grew up in South Carolina, and it’s true: I did play hooky my senior year

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Forum Featuring Russ Towne

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? When I was young, TV was full of Westerns. I loved “Cheyenne,” “Rin Tin Tin,” “The Rifleman” and others. I love the adventure and the way people thought and handled things back then. Good people helped and protected each other, and when

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Forum Featuring Jim Burnett

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I grew up riding and showing horses, so anything with a horse in it interested me as a kid then, and it still does today. I’m crazy about horses. I love the West, the beautiful landscapes steeped in rich history, the cowboy

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Forum Featuring Terry Alexander

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I fell in love with Westerns during the 1960s, with shows like “Cheyenne,” “Maverick,” “Sugarfoot,” “Lawman,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Gunsmoke,” and my favorite at the time, “The Lone Ranger” reruns. Who are your three favorite Western writers? Elmer Kelton, Dusty

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Forum Featuring Livia J. Washburn

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I used to watch “Gunsmoke” with my daddy. It was one of the few TV shows he watched. I liked stories of good vs. evil where good won. That’s not always the case in real life, but it should be. Also, I

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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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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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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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Forum Featuring Nik Morton

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I grew up with them — a Western on TV virtually every night of the week in England in the 1950s. I read the Roy Rogers, Pecos Bill and Lash LaRue comics, among others, and the Buffalo Bill annuals. And in those

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