About the Author

I was born in Grants, New Mexico, in 1960, the second generation born in New Mexico from either of my parents’ families. Like most, they homesteaded from other states. My father’s side was from Texas and my mother’s family was from Alabama. When I was three, we moved from Grants to Clovis, New Mexico. I went to school and graduated high school and eventually moved to Portales, New Mexico, to attend Eastern New Mexico University. I ended up getting married and working for an electric cooperative reading electric meters. During that time, I had several old timers tell me stories about coming to New Mexico when it was a territory. Most of them were old ranch hands and farmers. Their eyes would light up when they told stories about the real Wild West and some of the shenanigans they would get into. This is how I came up with this story.