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A writer needs readers…Who better to vet this story than my rancher cousin, Gus! Favorite genre?  Horror. Favorite author?  Stephen King. A growing up story set in Big Bend might not really be his thing…Nevertheless, he’s agreed to be a beta reader.Gus has…

Summer heat rises Incoherent, winking, magical, The road unfurling graciously Across The Plain of Snakes. A lonely stretch, the border towns, Where shutters are closed and everyone warns, Don’t go there—you’ll die! The old man in the Nissan pays them…

When John left Big Bend, putting his cowboy days behind him, he moved to Sonora with his childhood sweetheart, Virginia (the “Ginnie” of my book). There, he began raising long-haired Angora goats, his initial herd of 1,500 growing by leaps and bounds,…

The Math Thesis

Two days away from the manuscript, and that uneasy feeling starts creeping in, the tiny whisper that says, if you stop now, you’ll never get it done. Just like John, my hero, says of picking cotton, “there’s a rhythm to the work.” This is…

Daddy asked me to write this book. “You’ve got to do it,” he said. I was eight or nine at the time. “The story will be lost unless you write it down. People will forget. No one will have heard of John Ward, and…