Forum Featuring Brent Towns

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns?

I liked watching Westerns as a kid, but it wasn’t until a friend gave me a heap of paperbacks in a paper bag that I really became hooked. I think I was 12 at the time. After that I used to scout the secondhand bookshops collecting mainly series stuff like “Edge,” “Sundance,” “Larry and Stretch,” “Breed,” and a whole lot of other stuff.

Who are your three favorite Western writers?

My three favorites would be the ones who started my journey: George G. Gilman, Louis L’Amour, and Paul Wheelahan, who wrote under the name Emerson Dodge among others.

Which Western do you wish you’d written?

The one that someone wants to turn into a movie. I think it would be cool to see your work on the big screen.

You could spend your whole life thinking, “Gee, I wish I’d have written that.” My thinking is be happy with what you have. If you hit it big, then so be it. If not, as long as you love what you’re doing and the readers love your work, then that’s enough for me.

What is the most recent Western you’ve read?

I’m currently reading an ARC of Johnny Gunn’s latest book, “Aurora, the Goddess of Dawn, Burns.” Quite enjoyable.

The “Desert Island” question. What are your three favorite Western books?

I don’t have any real favorites, but if I had to choose I’d take Louis L’Amour’s “Utah Blaine,” “Shalako” and “Kid Rodelo.” Then there are all the others. Ask an easier question next time.

What are your three favorite Western movies?

It varies. At the moment, I would say “Four Fast Guns,” “How the West Was Won” and a hundred other early ones. Again, tough question.

Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite — and why?

I’m partial to “The Man Who Burned Hell,” but there’s one that is coming out early next year called “The Other Madden.” It is my first story in which the main protagonist is an outlaw, and it has a few good elements of humor in it as well. It was fun to write.

What is the most recent Western you’ve written?

Over the past few months, I’ve managed to finish four books for Black Horse Westerns. “Hellraiser!,” “The Other Madden,” “The Fury of El Tigre” and “Saracen!” Plus, I’m almost finished with the second book that I’ve written for Ben Bridges’ Company ‘C’ series, which is called “Fight Like Hell!”

Can you tell us anything about your next book?

My next book is the Company ‘C’ story. It is loosely based around Crook’s campaign into Mexico in 1883 after Geronimo. However, before it gets that far, it starts with an Apache chief called Chatto and how he and a small band of Chiricahua swept through Southeastern Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico. They covered an enormous distance in a limited amount of time. Hopefully, it will be out in the next few weeks.

If you could go back in time, what would be the time and place in the Old West you’d like to have lived in for a year?

Maybe the late 1860s when the cattle drives were booming.

Is there a question you wish I’d asked?

Do you write anything else other than Westerns?

The answer?

Yes, I have started a new thriller series called “Team Reaper,” which I hope will be out soonish, although I still have to finish Book 2, which is half done, and write Book 3.

I also write for a publisher in Scotland called DC Thomson. They publish Commando Comics.

I had my first one published this year, and my second is out around February next year. I also have another four to script over the coming months, so that should keep me busy. Not that there’s a lot of work to go into them. They usually take a couple of weeks to get done. They’re fun to write because they cover a vast time period. The ones I’ve yet to script cover World War I and II, and another features Roman legionaries around the time of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.


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