STORYTELLERS-7: JULIA ROBB, PURSUING HER DESTINY

JULIA ROBB, NOVELIST

—SHE WRITES STORIES THAT NEED TELLING—

Julia Robb defines her passion for writing as inevitable rather than a conscious decision.

“We become what we are,” she says. “And, it’s a tragedy when we don’t trust ourselves and follow our destiny.”

Julia admits that scenes often flash into her mind that she can’t make go away until she writes them.

“I write because I love it because I’m passionate about it […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: JOHN DUNCKLEE, IN MEMORIUM

Age never got the best of John Duncklee. A few days before I interviewed him last May, he turned 85 and still boasted about cranking out two-thousand words a day.

John passed away over the weekend. A prolific writer, and a gracious man with a wry sense of humor, John served as a confident to several writers with whom he maintained strong friendships. And, he will be missed—by family, friends, and a […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: GARY SCHANBACHER, ONE PAGE AT A TIME

Crossing Purgatory

Gary Schanbacher, and other authors, will be honored this weekend at the 2014 Western Writers of America Convention in Sacramento, California.

Gary’s Crossing Purgatory won for Best Western Traditional Novel—also a finalist for Best First Novel.

With a PhD in Economics, it would seem Gary would be more at home with a tale about Wall Street. But, he chose to move out of his comfort zone and focus on historical fiction. The novel […]

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Does the Western Genre Need a Makeover?

Cowboy Myth

(Reblog from Western Fictioneers)

Do you know who said: “I’ve always acted alone like the cowboy . . . the cowboy entering the village or city alone on his horse . . . He acts, that’s all.”

John Wayne? Ronald Reagan? Alan Ladd?

Nope. Henry Kissinger made this remark to the late Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, during a 1972 interview, although her style more closely resembled an interrogation which often […]

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