This book was my first (and for the moment my only) western. I’d never written a western before or even thought about doing anything in the genre. And I haven’t written one since. In fact, after a bad review because the original book was—admittedly—put out too fast at a hectic time in my life, I was certain I’d just drop it altogether. Although the plot had a lot of drive, I just didn’t feel like marketing the book or justifying why people should read it after an initial poor reception.
But it had a lot of downloads, by my standards, when it first came out. And after I gave it a new cover and a big edit, it just hung around for a while on my website. Some of you have probably read it during the months it was available free. One thing I noticed when redoing it was that I’d marketed it as western romance, but it turned into more of an actual western—which kind of bothered me. I’d assumed it would be western romance because I couldn’t possibly aspire to a real, gritty western.
But probably because of its original source in an old book, it is like a western and that might explain why it failed at first. It wasn’t for the right audience. Now I’m not sure who it’s for, but it lingers like smoke after a fire.
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Pleasant Fiction in an Age of Noise
I write stories about human emotions--about the journey of life. Every step of it can be meaningfully great or simply terrible and you can only reach the end after experiencing many kinds of things that make you grow. Emotional travels are the travels of life and the road of living is not one planned out in notebooks or organized in Scrivener. It is felt in love, hope, and fear and developed through an understanding of why humans go through these. And, on top of that, my stories are adventure stories. History, fantasy, and daily modern situations are all adventures as long as you don't know for sure what's going to happen when you wake up each day. Because that would be like repeating the same day over and over again and who wants to do that?
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