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
"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."