Why a Western?
The Story Behind the Novel
I am writer of fiction. If pressed for specifics back in 2009, I would have clarified that statement with descriptions of science fiction, fantasy, or perhaps satirical humor. When propositioned by my good friends (the root of most good tales) to rough out some chapters of Western related material, I saw it as mere mental exercise. Loose paragraphs scribbled in jest became pages. Handwritten pages soon became coherent chapters. Casual research morphed into inspiration and along the path, wrapped up in the chisel and grind of creation, I stumbled upon that sacred nugget - the Story That Has To Be Told.
My father-in-law, a Western novel junkie, lured me to browse his collection of well-read Western pulp novels. I burned through stacks of material: the classics of Louis L'Mouir, Zane Grey, Max Brand, and contemporary works like the myriad William Johnstone series. In the spine of each book I saw something worth preserving, something worth the effort to pursue down a time worn track.
True, casting a Western novel onto today's marketplace is a fool's errand. The bookstore shelf space for Western titles seems to dwindle even as you stand before it. The Western genre is, often rightfully, stereotyped as a matinee performance, a one-dimensional jaunt between heroes and villains lost in the time stream. I refuse to accept that paradigm. I believe history is too rich to be stereotyped and glossed over. Power brokers were not invented in the dot-com boom, political drama was not founded by satellite and subterfuge is not a digital concept, it just took more finesse in the days of the telegraph.
Thank you for stopping by the site. I look forward to entertaining you with my suspense novel. Or rather, I hope you enjoy my tale of intrigue. Or, if you will allow it, enjoy the Western.
- C. Falk