Monday, May 23, 2016
My first Western is published
My first (and hopefully by no means my last) Western, 'Brings The Lightning', has just been published by Castalia House.
It's been a labor of love for me, because I grew up on a steady diet of what I'd call 'classic' Westerns; Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, the 'English Westerns' of J. T. Edson, and the like. In military camps across Southern Africa, paperback copies of their books were in circulation. One sometimes had to wait to get hold of two or three copies in order to finish the story, because missing pages at the beginning and end could make the books a little impenetrable; but one knew there'd be more copies floating around at the next base.
I particularly strove for accuracy and historical authenticity. I've gotten very tired of reading (and watching) Westerns where the weapons, or the food, or the wagons, or the clothes, weren't period-correct. The real thing was fascinating; the impact of the Industrial Revolution on so many areas of life was still making itself felt, so that from generation to generation, lives would be lived very differently. I was able to take my time while writing it, assemble a fairly decent reference bookshelf or three, and make sure that what I wrote was as accurate as I could make it. (I may have gone a bit too far in that direction for some readers, judging by early reviews, but it doesn't seem to have stopped them enjoying it. So far, as I write these words, the book's already garnered four 4-star and six 5-star reviews. That makes me very happy!)
The initial release is an e-book. A print edition will follow within weeks, as Castalia House gears up for it; and there may be some special news on that front, too. (Later on today I'll put up an article about how I ended up at Castalia House with this book, and offering some thoughts on my experience working with them. It's been a lot of fun. You can read their perspective on that here.)
I hope you enjoy reading 'Brings The Lightning' as much as I've enjoyed writing it. The sequel is already under way, to be published (hopefully) about this time next year.