Once upon a time, America LOVED westerns! The genre dominated cinema and television screens while authors like Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, and Max Brand dominated bookstore shelves. Characters like Hopalong Cassidy, Zorro, and Shane lived in the hearts and minds of adults and children alike. But time passed, and the heyday of the western seemed to pass with it. New content in the genre became an anomaly rather than the norm, despite the fact that lovers of westerns still crave new stories, characters, and adventures.
Enter Trailblazer Western Fiction. Trailblazer is the newest imprint at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. We seek to recapture the glory days of the Western, but with an updated feel that will ignite the hearts and minds of a whole new generation of readers. Trailblazer Western Fiction offers stories that combine the action, adventure, mystery, and romance of the American West, all wrapped up in the rugged men and brave women who left the comfort of life back east to discover and settle untamed lands in the West. Whether historical or contemporary, our westerns tell the stories of those who braved rugged terrain and insurmountable obstacles to make a life in the beauty and vastness of the western frontier.
Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won and finaled in numerous writing competitions. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. She currently writes historical novellas of the American West for Barbour Publishing and works as a Content Editor for Firefly Southern Fiction. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, college-aged son, and four fur children.
The Wild World of Writing Western Fiction
Westerns are a distinctly American genre focused on the exploration and adventure found on the American Frontier. In this class, briefly learn the roots of the western from American history, the definition of a classic western and its sub-genres, the characteristics of great western heroes and heroines, and why slapping a cowboy hat and a pair of spurs on a character doesn’t necessarily make a story “western.” Learn my best tips and tricks for writing action-packed, exciting, and heartfelt stories set in the Old or New West.
Writing The Well-Crafted Novella
Writing a novella is not for the faint of heart. In many ways, novellas are often harder than full-length novels because you must provide a satisfying beginning, middle, and end in a very compact word count. In this workshop, learn: