Wyoming rancher Brigham Davis didn’t ask for a lake to appear on his land. Its conception damn near killed him and he sure didn’t deserve all the problems that followed. Problems with his wife, problems with his neighbors, and problems with the government. Under those conditions, who could blame a man for being tempted by a willing woman if no one would ever know about it, especially since it looked like the mountains might kill them anyway? His mortal desires test the limits of his character while a newly-born lake tests the earthen barrier that restrains it. Set in Wyoming’s magnificent Rocky Mountain high country and encompassing the spectacular Yellowstone caldera, the trail also leads to the colossal mercantile empire of the Fort Worth Texas Stockyards. Horses, hunting, human frailties and natural disasters highlight the enduring tenacity of bonds that can’t be broken.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
My genre relies more on emotion and characterization than non-stop action-packed drama. Human nature is explored and defined through the character’s action and reactions to events and draws readers subtly into the lives of ordinary people faced with unordinary challenges.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I AM an ‘aspiring writer’…so my advice to myself is…don’t get discouraged. Make a plan, set small attainable goals. Keep the focus on why you love to do this. Don’t get overwhelmed by the vastness of marketing options and choose carefully what feels right for you among the astonishing amount of material promising to teach you the ‘proven’ way to write, or get reviews, or top placement on Amazon or whatever. Choose your own course and work at your own pace. Don’t measure yourself by others’ success.
Books have always been my best friends! I am never without a least one book at hand and I will read the phone book in desperation. While a degree in business administration might seem counterintuitive to literary writing, understanding and exercising the power of the written word are critical to the success of either. Many years of indiscriminate reading have shaped my tastes into the style of writing I hope to convey.
A few years ago, I was offered the opportunity to work as an elk camp cook in the Rocky Mountains. The hand of destiny was upon me, as by a rare feat of chance I was in a position to be able to accept. In the space of three days I was packing supplies in five miles on horseback through some of the most beautiful country I had ever seen, to a remote camp at the base of a sheer bluff. What followed was some of the hardest and most gratifying work I have ever done. When it was over, I was researching some of the local history and came upon a story about a landslide and a lake. It intrigued me, and I pondered on what the outcome of the incident had been. Thus, Brigham’s Lake was born.
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