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WRITER'S BLOCK, Vol. 4, Issue#5 "Who and What", A personal note from David, Dakota Trail Release
May 01, 2018

April showers (and snow) really did bring May flowers!

How I Got This Way...

"Who and What"

Over the years that Ruben, Marion, and Homer have ridden the trails together, I have received a number of inquiries about what movies or books or western stars have most influenced my writing. So, after giving it some thought, this is what I have come up with.

As a young boy I never missed The Lone Ranger or Roy Rogers, or Gene Autry, or a Johnny Mack Brown movie. But to tell the truth, I was much more interested in the horses than the men. I was a bit of a fan of Lester Alvin Burnette, better known as Smiley Burnette or Frog Milhouse because my Grandfather had known him when Smiley was young.

When I was about ten-years-old, I read most of a Zane Grey book; but I cannot remember what book or what it was about. A little later in life, I read a book titled A Man Called Noon by Louis L’amour that I encountered again some years later as a movie starring Richard Crenna. My grandfather and I shared Gunsmoke together over the years, but I was more interested in Chester and Festus than I was Matt. As far as John Wayne goes, I’m afraid that in several of his movies the introduction of the newest young male heartthrob singer of the day, or Dean Martin for that matter, were too far out of character to hold my interest. My favorite western TV hero of that time was Richard Boone in Have Gun Will Travel. Boone was a wonderful actor.

I’ve left out Clint Eastwood, although I have enjoyed several of his westerns in spite of some of the music, as well as Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott. Tom and Sam were both superb in the Sackett movies.

Then, I encountered Larry McMurtry and his magnificent novel, Lonesome Dove. A huge and sweeping book, I lost hours of sleep devouring it into the wee hours of the morning, nearly unable to put it down. What impressed me the most was the believability of the characters and the fact that they were not invincible or infallible. The reality of those people astounded me, and I thought that was as good as it could get. When it was made into the TV version, I was astounded. Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, and the rest of the cast brought those wonderful characters to life in a manner that may never be equaled.

As for my writing, I’m sure it has been influenced by other writers’ styles. However, my intent is to write what I would like to read and to do the best I can to keep my characters honest, believable, and sprinkled with humor. Just as in real life. I like to think that if someone asked Marion Daniels about me he might say something like…“Ol’ Lewis. He does the best he can considerin’ what he’s got to work with.”

Happy Trails,


I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has already purchased the new western. It is especially gratifying to read such warm reviews already posted on Amazon. You, my fans, are the reason I keep writing.

Thank you,


Dakota Trail, the ebook,...

now available at most major distributors!

Marion, Homer, and Ruben are dispatched to Sioux Falls in the Dakota Territory to investigate the disappearance of another Federal Marshal, James Jacklin. While trying to gather information on Marshal Jacklin, the men come face to face with an entirely new situation that might be related…the kidnapping, selling, and forced prostitution of young Chinese girls. With the support of a determined and wealthy woman, the boys set out to find Marshal James Jacklin and to investigate a brutal market of slavery. Saddle up and join the marshals as they take to the Dakota Trail.

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We named the channel David R Lewis. So, you can just type in David's name, and the YouTube search engine will pull it up, or you can click on any of the links below.

David performs some excerpts from his books, shares some memories of his youth, and rants a little about the writing process.


David R Lewis

The Crockett Series

The CROCKETT series:

Remember: eBook #1 of the CROCKETT series, FEAR OF THE FATHER, is still free everywhere. Here's the links:

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As we have mentioned, David has written a total of 8 Crockett books. At present, 7 are out. Number 7, Behind the Badge, was released in eBook format, January 27, 2017 on Amazon and Smashwords and has made its way to other major distributors now. Number 8, SIX CUT KILL, was released Friday, November 3, 2017!

Take to the TRAIL

DEER RUN TRAIL is free on Amazon and other distribution sites in eBook format. GLORY TRAIL was released on December 25, 2016. That makes 8 books in the TRAIL series.

Passing that information on to all your friends would sure be appreciated. Below, we've included a few of the links.

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