enjoy researching American History and in particular, the Old West. Many reasons for that:
I was born in Kearney, Nebraska, the town named after Ft. Kearny located on the
Oregon Trail. And I remember visiting the fort and admiring those brave
pioneers numbering in the hundreds of thousands who migrated across the
continent searching for economic opportunity, and who associated land ownership
and farming with freedom. Thousands also
were driven by the California Gold Rush and the hopes of striking it rich. At the same time, I was sympathetic to the
plight of the American Indians and the impact the westward expansion had on
I grew up in the era of good 'ol TV Westerns. I'm guessing some of you did
to. From the likes of Roy Rogers &
Dale Evans. From Gunsmoke to Rifleman,
from Bonanza to The Big Valley, from Maverick to my all time favorite, Wagon
Train and later on, Little House on the Prairie, those stories to me
represented the romance of those times. Also
I loved western movies, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 3:10 to Yuma and
especially, Dances with Wolves. Yes, a lot of it was Hollywood and strayed from
the hard facts, but non the less, influenced my love and imagination for that
time period. However, I do want to
stress, that though my books contain fictional places and characters, the
history it entails has been strictly researched for authenticity.
last but not least, I feel the historical old West is a major part of our
heritage and we should enjoy learning about it.
Hopefully, by reading the fictional genre I write, my readers will not
only enjoy the story but the historical background as well.