STORYTELLER 7: FRANK RODERUS, HIS WORDS LIVE ON

FRANK RODERUS, STORYTELLER

For Frank Roderus, the storytelling process began with a character who finds his way through the rest of the story.

Frank passed away Thursday. He leaves behind a compelling literary legacy of more than 300 novels—most of which are Westerns, but include tales of crime, mystery, and action-adventure.

This past October, Frank and I shook hands at the inaugural convention of Western Fictioneers in St. Louis, pleased to meet a master […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: COTTON SMITH, WRITING ABOUT AMERICA’S SOUL

Harold F. Smith Jr.—better known by the pen name Cotton Smith—died August 8, 2015, at his home in Kansas City, his family close by.

Most know Cotton Smith as a superb western story-teller. He published nineteen westerns, co-wrote three western story anthologies, and authored Trail to Eagle, a history of the early decades of Boy Scouting in Kansas City.

Cotton served as past president of the Western Writers of America, an organization that […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: GARY MC CARTHY, WRITING AGAINST THE GRAIN

Gary McCarthy

Gary McCarthy entertains readers with stories about America’s frontier– stories that reflect his love of the West and its unique history.

He’s almost as passionate about researching his stories as he is about writing them.

Once he gathers all the research he needs, Gary writes fast. Rather than rely on outlines, he starts with a memorable character, or location, and focuses on completing the story in about three months.

His strategy has paid-off […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: JOHN DUNCKLEE AND FENCEPOST FICTION

Author, John Duncklee

John Duncklee keeps a file on his computer labeled “Ideas.” He gets them all the time, often involuntarily, no matter what he’s doing. Even when he’s in the middle of a story he’s already working on.

Over the years, he has written books of fiction and non-fiction, satire, articles, and poetry.

When he writes about the Old West, he brings experience to the roles fulfilled by his characters. At one time or another, […]

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