Excerpt from Book Two of the Americans Series, The Scout of Wounded Knee January 25, 1929 Wyatt Earp is dead. I read it in the newspaper this morning, though it’s been more than a week. I met the man once, in Tombstone, Arizona. This was before all of that O.K. Corral nonsense. I can’t say I cared for him much. The newspaper said he was eighty-years-old, which is a few years younger than I am. I suppose I’ll be sharing space with him in hell before too awfully long. If there is such a place, it’s where we both belong. When it first occurred to me to
I've always had a deep need to understand how humans can treat each other the way they do. It's a vexing issue, hatred. So is greed. The atrocities born of these things are far beyond my ability to grasp. These thoughts are reflected in most of my writing. Maybe it's my way of coping with a world I don't understand. My biological father was Native American. Which is why I have a special interest in this subject. I didn't have the opportunity to know him very well. I spent a summer with him when I was sixteen. He was a very troubled man, and I was a very troubled teenager
It's been a rough summer here in Northern California. I live in the northeastern part of the state, less than 16 miles (as the crow flies) from the North Complex fire. On some days ash and nickel-sized charred scraps of the forest rain from the atmosphere and the smoke is as thick as fog on a San Francisco morning.
Film and literary reviewer Jeffrey Keeten was kind enough to interview me alongside his review of In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree. You can read it in its entirety here: JeffreyKeeten.com While your there, check out Jeffrey's blog. If you're into books and film, you're bound to find something of interest.
Due mainly to Covid 19's far reaching influence, Return Addresses' June 1st release date has been scrapped and the book is now available. See links below. Preorders and review copies will be shipping over the next two weeks. Thank you everyone. Stay safe out there. Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086QBN46K Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Return-Address...
Those of you who choose to read my latest novel, In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree, will notice a brief dedication at the beginning to someone named Landrin Kelly. It won’t mean anything to you; why would it? It’s just a name, like so many other names on so many other dedication pages, in so many other novels. The reactions will run from mild curiosity, to not even noticing it’s there. And that’s okay. The dedication is mostly for me, and, I suppose, for Landrin’s family, though I don’t know many of them. I would like to use this blog post to tell anyone who may be inter
Recently I had to say goodbye to my longtime friend and companion, Max. He's the howling Malamute in the foreground. You will be missed, ol' buddy.
Pre-order your paperback copy of Return Addresses now. For a limited time, all U.S. and Canada pre-orders will be signed copies. Books will be delivered after May 15 2020. [wp_cart_button name="Return Addresses" price="14.99"] *On smartphones and tablets your shopping cart will appear at the bottom of the page* **For Ebook readers you can preorder the Kindle version at Amazon Return Addresses “This ain’t your world. You don’t have any friends out here. Not real ones. No one out here cares about nothin’ but where their next drink or fix is comin
Best wishes to all, and a happy new year. May you have health and contentment in 2020. The above photo is just a little something to help set the tone.
Reviews of In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree: “The white man only knows desire, Nótaxemâhta’sóoma. He knows nothing of contentment. His heart is dry and withered, and he seeks to revive it with that of which has no medicine. He is careless and wasteful, and places himself above and apart from all other things. The white soldiers murder without regard, but themselves are spiritless and go screaming into their own deaths as they were born into life. The white father would take all of our hunting grounds and leave our children with stomachs full of air and hearts f