First – If you’re an editor or potential client, here’s a (not) complete list of projects and clients.
Who I Am
I am a fulltime author with a passion for for so many things it’s hard to pin me down.
Although I’ve written about the craft of writing and running a freelance writing business, my primary niche is history & genealogy. In fact, I have a thing for the frontier west – from about 1800 to 1880.
Most of my trips are to historic sites in America – many of them unknown to most. Walking where history happened feels a lot like experiencing the events myself. I do a bunch of short trips and at least one long history trip a year – sometimes two if possible.
On my trips I’ve seen strange things. Like ghosts.
On one trip I traveled to the back-of-beyond (think dirt ruts, stream beds, off the grid) to see a rock where two troopers in Custer’s 7th Cavalry carved their names and the date, on their way to the Little Big Horn. When I drove across the cattle grate to enter the site, I got the shivers – there was something that felt so strange I wondered if I had crossed some invisible barrier to another time. Only one other trip gave me the same shivers – walking down the trail to the Washita. If you know Custer lore, you’ll know this one too.
Several of my books have hit #1 in their Amazon category.
One of my magazine articles was chosen for a Best Of book published by The Writer magazine.
One of my poems is in the 2017-2018 San Diego Poetry Annual
I belong to Western Writers of America (I wish I was as famously successful as fellow member Craig Johnson of Longmire).
I’ve been interviewed by the NY Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Kiplinger’s, and bunches of websites. You can also catch one of my podcast interviews over at The Creative Penn.
What I Do
I written 30 books and hundreds of magazine and web articles.
Beyond that . . . .
I love research
I’m passionate about the history of the American west and . . .
I’m a cat person
I wear purple a lot (does that mean I’m old?)
I’m an Emily Dickinson fan
I adore creative non-fiction
Always loved Dylan (Bob and Thomas)
I listen to period music when writing
I’m currently into lime green things
I’m a minimalist
I try to take at least one class every few months
I grow ideas
I write poetry
I try to write short stories
I’m a terrible editor
I write. I write. I write.