From the Author
The idea of this book sprang from a short story I wrote for the magazine Far West
many years ago. It was entitled Goin' to Texas.
The main character is an uneducated young man, tough and inured to the hardship offered by the Old West. He's been a lawman, hunter, and cowboy most of his years. His skill with a six-gun was something that he developed and kept a secret, mostly. Those who learned of his prowess often did not live to spread the knowledge.
This is a story about love and the free-spirit attitude that prevailed in much of the Old West in this time. Many men were drifters, moving from one job to another, always looking for something better, whether is was a better job, or better land, or better neighbors. The hero in this case had just lost his job as a marshal, and was a cowboy at a nearby ranch when life changed drastically for him. He ends up shooting someone pretty important, and instead of being a "cowboy," he is now an "outlaw."
The book required that I learn some things about Texas, but more about New Mexico Territory. That was truly the "wild, wild west," even into the 20th Century. Apache bands regularly wandered across New Mexico, raiding deep into Mexico and hiding out in New Mexico Territory, and there were some true "bad hombres" in New Mexico. It's the place where Billy the Kid made his name.
I enjoyed writing this book more than any story I've written. I liked the main character very much.
Wish I could have known him. Or, someone very much like him.Maybe someday.
About the Author
Voyle Glover has spent most of his years practicing law. His early years
were spent in Arizona where he learned to love all things Western. His
love of the Old West and the many stories about the outlaws, settlers,
Indians and pioneers captured his imagination.
In the '70's, Glover wrote his first western story and it was published in Far West
a western fiction publication that was located in California. He went
on to have several more of his short stories, and two novellas published
by Far West
Law School interrupted his writing career
and it has only been in the last few of years that he's been "back in
the saddle" writing westerns. His favorite western fiction author was
Louis L'Amour, whom he calls "The Dean of Western Fiction
admits that L'Amour has influenced his writing more than any other
writer. He insists on writing his stories and adhering to the traditions
of L'Amour, to wit, a strong, rugged and self-reliant hero, with
historically accurate settings, and characters that jump right off the
pages of the history of the Old West and into his stories.
says of L'Amour: "There is no writer of western fiction to match Louis
L'Amour. He's the only western fiction writer whose books I'll read
more than once."
He tells of the time when he wrote a letter to
L'Amour asking his advice about agents. L'Amour actually replied to him
in a typed letter, replete with some typos. He congratulated Glover on
getting his first story published in the premier issue of Far West
then noted that they'd be sharing that issue. L'Amour was featured on
the first page and Glover found himself listed on the first page, on the
same cover page with his writing hero.
He says of that moment: "I was shocked that he actually took the time to reply, but wow
, what an honor to be on the cover page with Louis L'Amour