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.
Don’t Be a Stranger
is my twenty-second western/frontier novel, published by Five Star Publishing
in February of 2015. It was published before Justice at Redwillow, although I wrote them in the opposite order.
I wrote them both while things were getting under way with Five Star and its
frontier line. During that time, Dark
Prairie was going through the acceptance, editing, and production process,
and Across the Cheyenne River was
making its way onto the list.
Robert Roripaugh is a
booklet in the Boise State University Western Writers Series. This slim volume
came out in 2004, and it gives an overview of the career of Robert Roripaugh,
who has been a major literary figure in Wyoming for many years.
Across the Cheyenne River
was my second novel with Five Star Publishing and my twenty-first traditional
western. Although that sequence may sound routine, this novel did not make its
way into the world without obstacles.
Understanding Fiction is a textbook/manual I have put together for my college classes in introduction to literature and studies in the short story. Like Writing for Real, it evolved out of materials I developed for a distance course. When I first undertook the project, I was presenting a course in short fiction and the novel, and I wrote explanatory sections for stories in an anthology I had ordered and for novels I had selected.
Writing for Real is a textbook I have composed for my classes in college composition. It first began to take shape many years ago, when I was putting together a manual for a distance course in composition. At that time, I wrote up quite a bit of material that I used to present in lecture or discussion, and I plundered material that I had included in an earlier version of the Blue Book of Basic Writing (ostensibly for a broader audience, at the suggestion of the publisher at the time) but did not use to any appreciable extent and then took out.
In a separate post, I mention that I developed a collateral text, consisting entirely of supplemental exercises, to go along with the Blue Book of Basic Writing, a textbook I have developed and used for several years in my basic writing courses. This secondary text is entitled Done by Friday (reference to Robinson Crusoe explained in the Preface), and like my other textbook/course manual works, it has been published by Endeavor Books. I would like to express my appreciation for Dan at Endeavor Books, as he has worked with great patience and consideration as he has made these books available to students (and others) at very reasonable prices.
Done by Friday is available at Amazon.
I’ll Tell You What is a collection of short stories that I brought out myself in the summer of 1996. It consists of fourteen stories, eight of them previously published, and it was a bit of a lark to publish.
Seasons in the Fields is a collection of short fiction set in the farm and ranch country of California where I grew up. This book consists of thirteen stories, nine of which were previously published. I brought out these stories as a collection in the spring of 1998 so that I could promote it along with Black Diamond Rendezvous, a paperback western that came out in May of the same year.