The Wildest West is a collection of short stories and short historical material from the 1850s and 60s. Within you’ll find the story of an Apache riverboat gambler masquerading as a Spanish don and of a young lady gunfighter raised by Indians taught morals and manners by a Mexican courtesan. In 1861, seven Yankees stole a stagecoach in Mesilla to escape advancing Confederates only to run into Cochise. Their story is here, too, as well as the story of Wind Wagon Thomas who sailed his wind-driven wagon to New Mexico despite pirates and shoals. Was Clay Allison the toughest man in Cimarron? Maybe not. Before the law came, in those early years, the Southwest really was the Wildest West.
They didn't ask me why I write historical fiction (westerns), so I don't have to lie. My answer would have reflected all the elements shared by other Western Writers. I was born, though I seldom admit it, near New York City, and dropped off at age 10 on an Indian Reservation in New Mexico to grow up in a land stuck in the 19th century. I loved it and still do, so I can’t help writing about it.
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