“Prairie Center” is a relatively long poem (about five pages) that I wrote about three years ago. I brought it out in a chapbook of poems entitled Rangeland and Prairie, and it won the Western Writers of America Spur Award in 2019 for best western poem of 2018. It was also published in a magazine entitled Saddlebag Dispatches, and it is now available in my collection of western poems entitled Thorns on the Rose (second edition).
Dusk Along the Niobrara is
my twenty-eighth western/frontier novel, my ninth book with Five Star, and my
fourth Dunbar novel. I wrote it in 2017-18, and it came out in June of 2019. As
of this writing, in July of 2019, it has received good reviews. When I did the
proofreading on it about five months ago, I thought it held together pretty
Castle Butte is my twenty-seventh
western/frontier novel, my eighth book with Five Star, and my second young
adult novel. I wrote it in 2016, and it came out in May of 2018. During the
time I was working on this novel, I did the proofreading on Good Water, my previous YA novel, which
went on to win a couple of small awards, and I felt encouraged to write another
story in this line.
Destiny at Dry Camp is my
twenty-sixth western/frontier novel, my seventh book with Five Star, and my
third Dunbar story. I wrote it in 2015, and it came out in April of 2017. By
the time I wrote this novel, I had a decent track record with Five Star. Both Dark
Prairie and Death in Cantera had done well with reviews, sales, and
a small award each, and the editors at Five Star were happy with the prospect
of another Dunbar novel. So was I.
is a contemporary western mystery novel with Wilf Kasmire as the protagonist.
It was published by Fire Star Press, an imprint of Prairie Rose Publications,
in November of 2017. As with other works, this one evolved in a roundabout way.
Shaping the Story
is, as the subtitle says, an introduction to writing fiction. It was published
by Sundown Press, an imprint of Prairie Rose Publications, in January of 2019. It
is a little over 100,000 words all together, with 68,000 in the main text and
36,000 in a short anthology of out-of-copyright stories to illustrate many of
the elements and principles discussed in the main text. I hope it is useful to
people who want to learn on their own as well as to those who might end up taking
a class or workshop with me.
In a Large and Lonesome Land
is a CD of western songs recorded by the great W.C. Jameson. I wrote the lyrics
to all the selections on this CD, and WCJ brought them to life as songs. This
project evolved over a period of several years and materialized as a CD in
November of 2018.
Good Water is my
twenty-fifth western/frontier novel and my sixth book with Five Star
Publishing. I wrote it in the first part of 2015, and it came out in the latter
part of 2016. For this novel, I tried a couple of approaches with which I had
not done much, and so it took me a while to get the plan ironed out.
Death in Cantera is my
twenty-fourth western/frontier novel, my fifth book with Five Star, and my
second Dunbar story. I wrote it in 2013, and it came out in early 2016. By the
time I wrote this novel, I had an established relationship with Five Star, so I
could think about writing a story with that publisher in mind. Also, because Dark
Prairie had done well with reviews, sales, and an award, and because the
people at Five Star liked Dunbar, I had encouragement to write another novel
with him as the somewhat mysterious sleuth.
Justice at Redwillow is my
twenty-third western/frontier novel and my fourth with Five Star in its
hardcover frontier line. It was published in August of 2015.
I began working on ideas for this
story line in 2011, but I struggled quite a bit with some of the elements. I
think some of my uncertainties may have come from my status, as this was the
period between the time when Dorchester ended its western line and the time
when Five Star began its frontier line. As mentioned in other commentaries, I
had begun working with an agent, but the various commercial publishing
companies were wary of taking on new writers, and some of them had a rather
narrow idea of what kinds of stories they wanted. I came to appreciate
Dorchester, who, in spite of wanting things to be recognizable traditional
westerns, was willing to accept stories that were a bit atypical and varied.