Category About Writing

Discovering a New (Old) Author

Patricia Grady Cox I recently discovered a new author, at least new to me. Mari Sandoz, born in Nebraska in 1896, writes about that part of the country: Native American history, biographies, short stories, and novels. In 1964 she received a Saddleman’s Award and a Western Writers of America Spur Award for juvenile fiction for […]

More 19th Century Medicine

Patricia Grady Cox August 10, 2016 I can’t seem to stop reading this book! “The National Farmer’s and Housekeeper’s Cyclopaedia” contains too much useful information, especially if one is writing a novel set in this time period. This 1888 portal into the past offers not only the “science” but also the culture and attitudes of […]

ARE YOU SICK? HERE’S WHY!

Patricia Grady Cox August 3, 2016   I haven’t posted in a while due to a couple of relatively minor and totally fixable (now fixed) medical issues that kept me from typing. Instead, I worked on research for my current novel-in-progress and discovered I have a book entitled “The National Farmer’s and Housekeeper’s Cyclopaedia.” This book […]

What Inspires You?

Patricia Grady Cox January 6, 2015   One of the most common questions asked of authors is, “Where did you get your inspiration?” For me, reading about the history of the southwest, particularly Arizona, inspires me. The scenery of the southwest, the Sonoran desert, inspires me. Visiting places that remain untouched by time inspires me. […]

An Interview with author Julia Robb

Author Julia Robb has just released her fourth historical novel (previous titles are Saint of the Burning Heart, Del Norte, and Scalp Mountain). This one, The Captive Boy, is about the U.S. Army and the 1870s war with the Comanches. But it’s really about the fictional Colonel McKenna and his relationship with August Schiltz, a […]

A HAUNTING OF COYOTES

Patricia Grady Cox October 31, 2015 Ghostly encounters flare up throughout my novel CHASM CREEK. Ruben Santiago, an elderly Navajo, experiences most of these visions, visitations, and vexatious occurrences. In the following short excerpt, Ruben goes to a place called Haunted Hill, hoping to conjure up the image of his long-dead grandmother. Instead he gets […]

WATER IN THE WEST – A MINI-INTRO

by Patricia Grady Cox October 14, 2015 With all the news about discovering running water on Mars and the drought in California, I thought it would be fun to provide a simplified history of the origins of water supplies in Arizona. The Arizona Territory, created in 1863, consisted primarily of prospectors and gold miners, various […]

CRAZY THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT THE 19th CENTURY

Patricia Grady Cox September 23, 2015 Some of us spent our childhoods watching westerns on TV: Gunsmoke, Wanted—Dead or Alive, Palladin, Wagon Train, Rawhide, The Big Valley, Bonanza . . .  Westerns were the NCIS of the late 50s and early 60s. You could find at least one every night. And then they were no […]

A Few 19th Century Medical Treatments

By Patricia Grady Cox September 9, 2015 Sometimes horrible things befall our characters. They get shot, penetrated by arrows, bitten by rattlesnakes, catch horrible diseases, and develop addictions. At least these are a just a few of the tragedies that have befallen my characters! They really should be more careful. When these situations crop up, […]

DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA

By Patricia Grady Cox, September 2, 2015 I read Pete Dexter’s novel a few years ago (after hearing him speak at the Tucson Festival of Books where he told a fascinating story about his lawsuit against HBO). I am not a scholar of South Dakota history—most of my knowledge of Deadwood comes from accidental exposure […]