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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: PenForASword Publishing (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978924606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978924607
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the epic fantasy Dreamlander. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her site helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction at kmweiland.com.

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K.M. Weiland writes historical and speculative fiction and mentors other writers through her website, editing services, workshops, books, CDs, and blogs.

Why I write:
Stories are like breathing. Life without a story in my head is one-dimensional, stagnant, vapid. I love the life God has given me, but I think I love it better because I'm able to live out so many other lives on the page. I'm more content to be who I am because I'm not trapped in that identity. When I sit down at my computer and put my fingers on the keys, I can be anyone or anything, at any time in history. I write because it's freedom.

Writing routine:
I set aside two hours, five days a week, to write, usually between four and six p.m. I'm a firm believer in Peter de Vries claim: "I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning." I spend the first half hour scribbling ideas in a writing journal, reviewing character sketches and research notes, reading an article on the craft, and proofreading what I wrote the day before. Then I pick a soundtrack, say a prayer for guidance, and dive in.

It takes years sometimes for my ideas to find their way onto the page. After the first kernel of inspiration takes root, I play with it and play with it, discovering characters and scenes and plot twists. Finally, when I think it's ready, I dig out a notebook and start sketching ideas and outlines. Depending on the subject matter, I spend a few months researching, then take a deep breath and pray that all the work will pay off in a way that will glorify God.

Most of my story ideas begin with a character and a place. An outlaw in the Wyoming Territory. A mercenary knight in the Crusades. A vigilante plantation owner in Kenya. A female spy in the Napoleonic Wars. A barnstormer in early 20th-century Kansas. After that, who knows? Inspiration is a gift from God: bits and pieces, tiny ideas that bloom into unexpected treasures.

Writing is both a gift and an art. As a gift, it must be approached with humility: the writer is only the vessel through which inspiration flows. As an art, it must be approached with passion and discipline: a gift that's never developed wasn't worth the giving.

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After reading this book I look forward to reading some of Weiland's other stories.
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I was very interested in your comments on how to grab the reader's attention, how to draw him into the story, and how to keep him turning the pages.
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I never expected to like a western, but the author paints an incredible picture with strong character development and an amazing story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Kubicek on August 1, 2010
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I won't say too much about the plot of A Man Called Outlaw. To do so might give away too much information, and I hate giving spoilers.

This novel tells two stories, thirty years apart, and switches back and forth between them--a few chapters in 1887, then a few chapters in 1858-9, then back to 1887 again. In the end the story-lines merge, and loose ends are tied up.

I hope that's not giving away too much. But it's obvious from the beginning that there are two stories going on. I even guessed the big secret long before the ending, but that didn't lessen the suspense. I was still eager to see how the story played out.

The author does a good job of maintaining suspense, and despite what I thought I knew, it kept me riveted until the end. In addition to the "greedy rancher trying to force the smaller ranchers off their land" plot, the 1887 protagonist, Shane Lassiter, is struggling with his own ethical and moral dilemma. Both problems are resolved in the novel's explosive conclusion.

Have I given too much away? I'll shut up now. This is a great read and a good addition to every western afficianado's library.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brenna on November 28, 2009
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Hmm. I have mixed feelings about this story. But "mixed" pretty much describes it: bitter mixed with sweet.

The layout of the novel was...shall I say irksome at times, because it kept going back and forth between two times, two stories. It seemed like every time I was getting into the problems of one set of characters, I'd be forced back to the others...and then I'd get into those characters and then be ripped back to the others again. (And so on and so forth.) Some characters overlapped both times, and the conflict was pretty much the same, down to the same main villain (who was incredibly annoying--gah! So evil and manipulative--there were so many times when I just wanted him to die...but then, that was kind of the point, I guess...). Anyway, I'm rambling, so I'll get back to the point.

I should've guessed it would be a bittersweet story by the end of chapter two, after being introduced to the protagonist of the earlier time--who I knew was dead in the later time. And his inevitable death made me sad, because I liked him. Possibly/probably more than the protagonist of the later time.

The ending was somewhat ambiguous. It wrapped up the main plot, but kind of left me hanging on "what happens next?" regarding the main character. But then, such an ending rather fit with the themes (for lack of a better word...maybe I'm thinking of "tone") of the story.

If this all sounds negative, I don't mean it to. It was a good story, well-written (K.M. Weiland has become a new favorite author of mine), and one of the most thought-provoking and emotion-inducing ones I've read in a long time. I just wish it were... happier.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Norm on June 19, 2009
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You will experience a wide array of emotions as you read "A Man Called Outlaw"--a story that will excite you, bring you to tears and infuriate you at the wickedness of the villain! The book is written in an interesting style--implementing a flashback to events 30 years earlier every other chapter or so. Keeps the reader on his toes! Hard to put down--a great action-packed western novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Naomi D. Musch on April 16, 2011
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I really, really like this story. Why? Because it's a big 'ol western, raw and real. It's got gut-wrenching bravery and desperate cowardice. Dare I say it? It has True Grit. It also puts me in mind of another great classic film, The Big Country (Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons).
K.M. Weiland's A Man Called Outlaw unwinds with restless tension that keeps on building right up to the final pages. She weaves into it a cast of characters who are ruthless, jealous, resilient, naïve, desperate, heroic. I had a bit of difficulty, at first, going back and forth between the two periods of time some 30 years apart in the story. But as the plot sucked me deeper, I found it so riveting that the transitions smoothed out.
I read only about one in ten books that I can't put down. This was one of them.
Of course, as another reviewer mentioned, it's a bittersweet story. We know early on that the Outlaw is dead, but we don't know why. And as his story unfolds, we cheer for him. We want him to live.
But in fact, it's not really his story. It's Shane Lassiter's story. And when all the threads finally tie together, it's satisfying, even in its harsh realism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynnda Ell VINE VOICE on September 14, 2010
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Judge Nathaniel Wilcock was a man with a patient, long view towards getting what he wanted. What he wanted was to own the whole river valley. His greed, cunning, and position allowed him to run the small town and intimidate the people in it.

A story set in the Old West, this man threatened, brutalized or murdered during a span of more than 30 years to own everything, including a boy who considered him as his father but who was really his worst enemy.

K.M. Weiland did a stunning job of writing the beginning of the battle in the mid-1800s and the end of the story in the late 1800s as almost parallel accounts. Each chapter ratchets the tension a little higher until it is impossible to close the book and turn out the light. Finally, at 2 a.m., the two stories intersect, the truth is revealed and the war comes to an end. My only other comment is Wow!
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