Monday, February 2, 2015

Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman has been one of my favorite authors for many years. I am now reading his autobiography, Seldom Disappointed – A Memoir, like his books, it is turning into a fascinating read.

Mr. Hillerman followed the old author advice of writing what you know and then finding an audience, not writing what is popular. He wrote mysteries, mysteries set among the Navajo’s of New Mexico. He knew New Mexico and he knew its people.

He was one of the all-time greats at writing modern adult westerns. Interesting that his books are often listed as mystery only. For my reading, he writes in my favorite genre, western mystery.

"You write for two people, yourself and your audience, who are usually better educated and at least as smart."

"An author knows his landscape best: he can stand around, smell the wind, get a feel for his place."

Tony Hillerman

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