I’m honored to be a part of Bustle And Spurs blog with all of you wonderful writers that I respect so much. My first historical comes out in January, 2009. Heart of the West Series, book
A Dictionary of the Old West is a favorite of mine. It was written by Peter Watts, published by Promonory Press 1977. His book recorded words and phrases from 1850-1900 belonging to the Old West. If you Google the title, you’ll see that it’s still available online. He gives little guidance to pronunciation of the words because there was no sure way of knowing exactly how the Old Westerner did pronounce his words. It’s good to remember that during the early period, men using these words were not necessarily Westerners in the modern meaning of the word.
Another favorite of mine is From the Pecos to the Powder, as told to Ramon F. Adams by Bob Kennon.
When I was writing the first book for my The Heart of the West series, I needed a song for a cattle drive that I could quote without having to worry about copyrights. I found it in a book, He Was Singing This Song, that was a gift from my brother. My brother was a guest on the Michael Martin Murphey TV program in
Research is imperative when writing a historical and occasionally, I’ll get side-tracked by continuing to read long past the info that I originally was searching for, when I stumble upon something else equally interesting. Does that happen to you? Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right answer, but if we take the time and make the effort to dig deep enough, we’ll find them. In the process we’ll learn a little something new along the way, and have fun learning more about our subject.