I don’t know how it started, but lately, I have been watching the old westerns. It has become an obsession. I cannot get enough of Bonanza, Wagon Train, and The Rifleman. I love the story line on these westerns, but also, I find myself mesmerized by the background in a scene – the furniture, décor, especially in La Ponderosa. Love that place. This has peak an interest in possibly exploring western novels. I have not read many western novels; in fact, I have only read one, which I enjoyed very much – The Last Hunt by Cliff Burns. I also love the cover.
Other than that, I have only read western comic books when I was a kid. One thing I remember, and that is my grandfather and I watching together western movies and series on TV when I was a child. It brings warm and happy memories.
There is something spellbinding about a western. Its uncomplicated simplicity and easy flow takes me along for the ride. It feels natural. It is like a fresh breath of air. Will I ever write a western? I don’t know. I would have to read plenty of them (and I mean plenty) before attempting such an adventure.
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I’m Jo, and I too am a wild west fan. I have an alias and I’m writing an epic western. Alias Jeannie Delaney is the life story of a devastating cowgirl who’s the fastest gun in the west and bisexual. She’s a cowgirl, outlaw leader, jailbird, deputy sheriff, rancher and mayor, and the premise is her struggle for acceptance.
I’ve been writing it for over thirty years, on and off, but finally, since I recovered fully from depression and anxiety, husband is helping me with the editing.
I’m also a wild west reenactor, aÅthough husband and I are turning to steampunk, which is much more laid back and involves a tremendous number of ideas and inspiration, and no rules!
I read about your obession with westerns, and just had to write!
Jo, Hampshire UK Artist/writer/wild west & ghost nut/renaissance soul/mental health & lifestyle blogger Creating My Odyssey – Liberating the Real Me After Thirty Years Of Depression and Anxiety http://www.jo-b-creative.blogspot.co.uk Facebook Kitty Le Roy’s Wild West Saloon http://www.kitty-le-roy.co.uk (my wild west site).
Hi Jo, thank you for stopping by. My sincere best wishes with your western novel. It sounds interesting and adventurous.
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