Historic Stockyards
Fort Worth, Texas
Photo by Luke Rupert





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A Bit About Me:

A native Texan, I’ve always felt at home outdoors. I ran off to the woods every chance I got during my growing up years. I guess it’s something of a miracle that I made it to adulthood without losing eye, limb, or life during the unsupervised activities my friends and I always got into with youthful vigor.

My first experience sitting a saddle was unforgettable, not counting those carnival ponies that slowly plod ’round and ’round. I don’t recall my age, but I know I was so young the horse surely felt unburdened whether I was mounted or not. I was riding with some grownups across a coastal prairie when suddenly a deep gully opened up below us. I never saw it coming, my boyish attention being who knows where. It seemed I was a mile above the earth, and I squeezed the horn with both hands figuring the end had come. Thank goodness my mount took it all in stride, plunging downgrade and then lunging up the opposite bank without a hitch, allowing me to live another day.

I experienced the American West on a grand scale in the summer of 1978 when my wife and I meandered some twenty thousand miles in seventy-seven days while exploring fourteen western states. Camping trips to new and treasured “old spots” continue to this day.

What led me to writing, especially Western fiction novels? I guess a hodgepodge of things. It probably started with outdoor adventure, and an awareness of the magnificent lands that were the stage for the Old West. That led to a strong interest in the history of the area. Toss in my love of a good story—inspiration coming from novelists such as Robert Raymond Hogan, Louis L’Amour, Frederick D. Glidden (Luke Short), and Gordon D. Shirreffs—along with a realization there are still plenty of tales needing to be told, and I guess you have it.

I feel the demand for quality entertainment is constantly growing stronger. I strive to write stories in a way that makes the reading experience enjoyable, memorable, and informative.



A Word To Readers Of My Traditional Western Fiction

Please know I will always work hard to

create entertaining escapes into the American West in a easy-to-read, move-along style that won’t bog you down,


weave authenticity throughout each adventure that will not only have you learning about the Old West, but give you the sense of having actually been there.

Concerning research:

Never limited to the use of office machines and personal Old West library from the confines of my study armchair—or the many archives, libraries, and other indoor sources of historical information.

For me the real gravy involves getting outdoors. My characters will never ride anywhere I haven’t already visited, studied, and enjoyed during the same time of year.


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