General Longstreet was a controversial figure in the West

General Longstreet is the father of Sheriff Shorty Longstreet who is fictitious. General Longstreet appears in The Cowgirl Murders where his fictitious son, Shorty, talks about him  with feeling. Just to be clear, Shorty is fictitious, but the general was a real...

Jim Bridger did not write any memoirs

Jim Bridger was a real person Jim Bridger was a great frontiersman and my fictional hero, Davy Reece, named his horse Bridger in honour of him. In The Cowgirl Murders, Davy says he learnt a lot from that man’s memoirs. In fact, he never wrote any. However, Davy...

The Wild West: facts and fiction.

The Wild West is full of myths The Wild West is the setting for my novel, The Cowgirl Murders, which I wrote about in previous posts. I hope you read it, whether in print or as an e-book, but if not, please note that it is now available as an audiobook. What is it...

Invisible women in westerns

Invisible women? What do I mean? Invisible women are all those women who must have been part of the Wild West but who play only minor roles in most westerns except for decoration. My novel The Cowgirl Murders gives women a prominent role. If you want a taste of the...