A few months ago, I received an invitation from J.R. Sanders, a western writer in my Facebook forum. J.R. is a native of Newton, Kansas. He now lives in California and is a passionate enthusiast of the Old West and its history. He and a few other woolly western lovers set up a Facebook Group and called it Western Book Readers. The group now boasts 352 members, basically proving what I have been yelling for many years—the western stills survives!
Some months ago, I wrote a short article, Western Writing is not Dead, on the state of western literature and its writers. The fact that over 352 western writers and authors can come together within a few months speaks for itself. I reckon there are thousands out there penning away on their notebooks, pencil and paper or computers. I also reckon that there are probably hundreds of unpublished books and stories sitting in old cardboard boxes gathering dust. One day they will be thrown out and burned, or just go rotten with age. There are also a multitude of western writer groups all across America. Groups like Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West and Wyoming Writers Inc., to name just a few.
I am certain there are heaps of good material out there just waiting to be turned into a film or TV series. When I was a kid growing up in Ireland, western series ran on the old black and white screens almost five days a week. Shows like The Virginian, Wagon Train, Bat Masterson, Tombstone Territory, Gunsmoke, The Loner, The High Chaparral, Bonanza, The Iron Horse, Cheyenne, Rawhide, Rifleman and Lancer to name a few. That was top-class entertainment! When any of these old series come on, I have the old VCR scheduled accordingly. I still enjoy them one and all.
Writers who have books in Bookstore
Robert J. Alvarado
Stoney Greywolf Bowers
D. L. Chance
Daniel C Chamberlain
Bob E. Kinford
McKendree R. Long III
Robert B. McNeill
William L McGee
Troy D. Smith
Jodi Lea Stewart
Larry D. Sweazy
Gary L. Stuart
Heidi M. Thomas
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