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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:39pm 0 Comments



This story is atypical of many groups who headed west in the earliest migrations. Getting a late start, a small group of wagons left Sapling Grove, Missouri on May 12, 1841. In the group were 35 men, 5 women and 10 children. about 20 miles west or Independence, MO., and not one of them had any notion of what lay ahead.

Of the women in the group three were married, one was a widow and one was a girl of marriageable age traveling with kin. Totally…



Posted on February 26, 2013 at 10:35pm 0 Comments

In researching for Western Historical Novels, I've run across some strange historical facts. I thought I'd share a few of them here, and illustrate how some showed up in my romance novels.

Frank James quoted Shakespeare, and he and brother Jesse liked to have their pictures made. In Images In Scarlet, they kidnap Allie Caine to take those photos.

If you think the Civil War actually ended when Lee surrendered, then it’s back to the books. The final battle took place out west at…


How History Matters in our Writing

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 11:16pm 0 Comments

Researching and Writing Regional History


Have you ever wondered where a writer obtains historical information or interviews? I began writing regional history long before the advent of the Internet as a feature writer for a weekly newspaper. Searching for the same facts today is much easier if we’re computer literate. Yet nothing beats contact with the people who have stories to share.


During the nine years I wrote for the newspaper, I must have interviewed…



Posted on January 8, 2013 at 8:56pm 0 Comments

Many times I'm asked where I get ideas for my western historical romances. It's simple, really. In fact I have enough stuff scribbled down to write these books for another twenty years or so. I prefer to write about the 1860s through the 1880s, though that's not a set rule. Each time I go on a trip through that era in my research the most fascinating thing happens. Characters begin to appear and talk to me. Tell me what it's like to live in the time and place I've stepped into. They speak to…


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At 6:48pm on July 9, 2012, Chuck Keyes (The Chuck!) said…

Velda, top of the milky way to you,  and welcome to  …from The Chuck-master of Science Fiction Fantasy and fun…
        I write sci-fi fantasy novels filled with adventure, mystery, romance, drama, horror, and plenty of comedy… Sci-fi for every adult human to enjoy. I'm also a well-known published poet. When you have a few free moments to spare, please check out my Authors page and a few of my videos and blogs I have recently added. Many of my blogs consist of free to read enjoyable sci-fi stories that I reedited and united these twenty-two stories within an eBook titled: 'Epic Marvels'. One of my recent sci-fi novels is titled: 'They!', which is somewhat related to the 1954 sci-fi classic movie, 'Them!' I've just completed my next sci-fi mystery, titled: 'The Mysteries of Fuller Park'. A fun story based on the eerie satanic urban legends of Fuller Park, Athens, Texas. My next novel title is: 'It's Not A Lovable Pet Story!' LOL... It sure isn't another lovable pet story. Its Sci-fi horror at its best for delighting my many thousands of reading fans. Also, check out my famous 'Apollo Trilogy Novels'… Thanks…

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At 9:46pm on May 8, 2013, Jeremy Aquiet said…

Good to meet you Velda, your work sounds interesting. I didn't see a website link, do you have one?

At 5:01am on March 9, 2019, Raymond Cook said…

Hi Velda:

I enjoyed reading about your book, GO WEST YOUNG WOMAN.

Writing about the old west, be it about the Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail or Mormon Trail, and what settlers did after arriving at their destination seems to be my calling.

How has your book been doing?

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