His full-length novel intrigued me and kept me glued to the pages. Please welcome him by leaving a comment. He will give away a copy of his book to one lucky person.
Your stories take place in Kansas. What about the early settling of Kansas inspires you?
2. You live in Ottawa, Kansas. Does this city boast of anything in its past that resembles the wild and dangerous Kansas towns, especially Dodge City, Abilene, or Wichita?
Excuse my laughter at this question. My mirth is because Ottawa has probably the least interesting early history to it of any Kansas town, much to the dismay of this western writer. It was founded in 1865 by Baptist ministers, so it never had much going for it in the way of sin, depravity and evil. You know, all the things which make a western town fun! Hard as I tried to find something juicy about Ottawa's past I could use for a story, the best I could do was to learn of an Ottawa nurseryman who ran off with a man's wife in Winfield, which forced the sheriff there to hunt them down when the husband filed charges against the man for "alienation of affection."
3. From reading your bio, I wonder how you have time to write while holding down a full-time profession and caring for a family which includes three Labrador Retrievers.
4. I can identify with the adult ADD! What are some of the pros and cons of a writer's life?
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Now, if I had to pick the thing which influenced me to write westerns, two come to mind. Seventy years ago, my parents found an 1871 Richards Mason Conversion Model Army Colt Pistol which I now have. It was always sort of magical when my mom would bring it out for a little while for us to look at and hold. It felt like it weighed a ton!
The other circumstance is that from the time I was six years old, my dad was a projectionist for the drive-in and indoor theaters in our town, so while growing up, I got to see all the current westerns for free. Once I got to high school, I too, became a projectionist at both theaters, where I met, Polly, the woman who eventually became my wife. Interestingly, the indoor theater (the Crystal Plaza) is now recognized as the "Oldest Continuously Operating Movie Theater in the United States." It may actually be the oldest in the world, but they're still trying to document that.
7. The hero in South of Rising Sun is an aging U.S. Marshal named Alistair Taggart. I know you created Al Taggart using the memories you hold dear of a good friend. Can you explain?
8.Your writing style somewhat resembles classic novels from another century. Yes, you use tough words when needed, and some scenes are somewhat violent and wicked, but the flow and cadence of your sentences and paragraphs is almost lyrical. Did this come naturally, or did you write in this manner for this novel?
10. Here you are on Sweethearts of the West, where the all-female members generally write western romance novels. Is your novel "South of Rising Sun" in any way romantic?
(Note: You see how well he writes?)
11. Here are a few trivia questions for short answers:
**Being on vacation with my family out west somewhere. Doesn't matter what we do, just so long as we are all together.
See? I can be brief when necessary, lol.
During one of Taggart’s regular visits to the former Kansas territorial capitol of Lecompton, local rancher James Harper enlists the marshal’s help to catch the cattle rustlers intent on stealing his livelihood. But Kansas is just beginning its reign as the wildest state in the Union, and Taggart must also deal with Jayhawkers, highwaymen, unpredictable weather, and those hell-bent on revenge. Taggart finds his job further complicated by a runaway slave and animals gone delinquent, along with his own concerns that age may finally be catching up with him.
Solving the case will prove harder than Taggart ever imagined, and its resolution will cost him dearly. Sometimes, justice only comes with a price…
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