Interview with Monogram Press

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in the Bristol Hills of western New York.. I learned about horses, cattle sheep and other livestock, first hand from my grandfather, Chad Cull. I learned to shoe horses and car for them, for we were behind the times and used horses and old fashioned equipment for farming. We didn't have electricity until 1952.
When did you first start writing?
I was writing when I went to first grade and my teacher would read my stories to the class. I wrote for the school paper and wrote a play for one of the high school classes to perform. i was published in Jack and Jill and Practical English magazine.I also submitted screenplays to The Restless Gun starring John Payne in the 1950s. As an adult i wrote four action adventure novels in the tradition of Alistair MacLean. None were published. I still have a draft of two of them. Another one was hand written and never typed. The other one was never finished. Life and having to make a living got in the way and I didn't write again until 2003 0r05, I'm not sure. i have since written 13 western noels and one mystery novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Coming Soon! The Whispering Bandit.

The Whispering Bandit has been creating havoc in the New Mexico Territory. When Caleb Gant rides into Gila Bend, fresh off a gunfight in Alamogordo, his horse is stolen by the wily bandit. Stranded in the town of Gila Bend, he finds himself caught up in several mysteries. A man he should know is a stranger and a man he shouldn’t know is and old adversary. Action, adventure and intrigue abounds in this unusual tale of justice. And, just who is this mysterious Whispering Bandit, riding a vengeance trail?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always wanted to be a writer. Current technology has mad that possible.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has opened up the world of digital formats and given me total control of content and distribution.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The most important thing, is that someone reads what i write.
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
I am excited to be starting a new western entitled GHOST OF THE RIO.
Who are your favorite authors?
Louis L'amour, Wayne D. Overholser, Nelson Nye, Gordon D. Sheriefs, Alistair MacLean., Edward S. Aarons, Ralph Cotton
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm still alive.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Taking care of family, reading,tv.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search the internet daily.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was for my grandfather. i used my sister's diarie back pages. it was a Gene Autry story about chasing a bad guy named Dick Jones. I didn't know there was an actor named Dick Jones. And, he actually worked for Gene Autry in Tv show like The Range Rider and Buffalo Bill Jr.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea. I let the characters move the story for me. i don't always know what comes next, but something always does. I write a little each session and continue to think about it , in between. I don't do a lot of revising. First time usually works for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My grandfather read the pulps. He would rock me as a child and read them. i learned to read from this. This first pulp novel i read all the way through was Rustlers of West Fork by Tex Burns in Hopalong Cassidy western magazine.. Tex Burns turned out to be Louis L'amour.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for something in Public domain that fits my story. Lately, I have written a story to fit the cover chosen first. OftenIi use photos I have taken myself.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Early Alistair MacLean and early Louis L'amour. They have good story, action and no sex.
What do you read for pleasure?
Westerns and Mysteries.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle app on IPAD
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have only relied on Smashwords and Amazon. I have a website.also.
Describe your desk
Why do you write!
because i can.
Published 2016-09-23.
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Apache Gunhawk
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 67,100. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Western
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two brothers grow up in different worlds. One is raised as an Apache called Hawk and rides with Geronimo. Shamed out of the Apache Nation, he becomes a scout for the U.S. Cavalry. He becomes disillusioned with the army and leaves to become a bounty hunter with a reputation for never bringing prisoners alive. He become known as the feared Apache Gunhawk.