I’ll keep it short but I am glad to say that I’m now an officially published fiction writer. Dusty Saddle Publishing graciously published my short story in their anthology The Last Comanche. All nine writers worked off the same prompt:
The warrior stood atop the rocky outcropping, blood dripping from his face and his lance. He stared out over the plains and let a blood-curdling scream that struck fear into the hearts of his enemies.
I based my own story on a little known tale that I’ve become extremely interested in and want to write more about. While the last Apache wars in the United States ended in 1886, “wild” Apaches continued to live and raid in the Sierra Madres across the border in Mexico at least until the 1920s and possibly after. Cowboys & Indians has a great piece on it. The story was fascinating and I’m also interested in the idea of Mexico as an extension of the American western saga, especially since Mexico has it’s own frontier in El Norte. I had to fit their story to the submission guidelines, but due to shared culture and occupying a common historical space, writing them as Comanche was easy enough. I hope you’ll give it a read and let us know what you think.