Bio: I was born and raised in eastern Oklahoma?formerly known as the Indian Territory. My home was only a half-day?s ride by horseback from old historic Fort Smith, Arkansas, home of Judge Isaac C. Parker, who became famous as ?The Hanging Judge.?
As a young boy I rode the same trails once ridden by the likes of the James, Younger, and Dalton gangs. The infamous ?Bandit Queen,? Belle Starr?s home and grave were only thirty miles from my own home. I grew up listening to stories of lawmen and outlaws.
For as long as I can remember I love to read, and the more I read the more I wanted to write. Hundreds of poems, songs, and short stories only partially satisfied my love of writing. Dozens of stories of the Old West gathered dust on the shelves of my mind. When I retired I began to take down those stories, dust them off, and do what I had dreamed of doing ever since I was a small boy?writing historical western novels.
He was fourteen. The Comanche slaughtered his parents and burned his house to the ground. His only brother never returned from the Civil War. Now the kid from Hondo, Texas had nothing or no one. What would he do? Where would he go? How would he live? A chance good Samaritan act in the middle of the desert changed the course of his life and gave him a way to survive in the most dangerous way possible.
Two brothers: one a gunfighter trying to escape his past, the other a pioneering cattle rancher. Neither know Through death, birth, gunfights, hangings, scratching the dirt for wealth with no guarantees, hostile Indians and corrupt bandits, the chances of success are sometimes as elusive as smoke on the wind. Nevertheless, the foundation of our country was forged out of such men and women who fought all this and more to make their place in the sun and in American history.