Western Stories and Novels
Uncover Westerns with an Adventure Like None-Other
The American Western is one of the most charming and enduring genres of stories ever told. They span across a world with hundreds of miles of flat deserts, open skies, and towering mountains. The magic of the wild west and the untamed people who live there have always been a part of the American story.
The art of combining the lawless reality of the bygone wild west with immersive, enthralling fiction is a fine art. Author C. R. Britting had his first experience of the fictional west in the movies and TV shows in the 1950s. John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy were characters we enjoyed visiting again and again. Western writers such as Zane Grey and Louis Lamour have put their own stamp on the genre.
Britting has been focused on creating immersive western fiction books with his identifiable writing style. Using careful attention to exemplars and adherence to his personal childhood heroes, Britting has mastered the necessary skills that a literary professional must follow to find success in a competitive and modern writing environment.
One example of Britting's work is a short story about Theodore Roosevelt Carson. Sgt. Carson came home from World War I with a Medal of Honor ... and a severe case of "shell shock" or PTSD, as we might call it today. Ted just could not let go of his experiences in France. He couldn't sleep and he began to fall apart. He could often be found in the city park, hiding behind the hedges and shouting commands to his dead comrades. His heavy drinking finally landed him in jail. George Bannon, a fellow sergeant in Ted's outfit, came to visit him and persuaded Ted to come out to his father's ranch in Montana. The blue skies and vast expanses of the big sky country healed Ted spirit and he threw himself into ranch work with gusto. There was only one thing missing in Ted's new life. Find out about it in C. R. Britting's story, "Finding the Simple Life."
Britting has always been interested in stories with a strong female lead. His "Gunfighter's Legacy" series features Elizabeth Carver, a young woman who has grown up on her father's ranch. Beth's mother wanted her to become a wife and mother, but the daughter has other ideas. She's a tomboy and she works right along with their crew and loves every minute of it. Her lifestyle earns her a great deal of scorn from the local women and Beth finds it hard to make friends. She turns to shooting as a hobby and over the last ten years she's become mighty good at. Beth is careful to keep her shooting skills a secret, but one day the bank in town is robbed. Seeing her father under fire, she intervenes, and in doing so, her life changes.
Over the course of four novels, the reader will see Elizabeth grow from naive young tomboy to a married woman with an important job at a large company.
A companion piece to Gunfighter's Legacy is Britting's short story, "The Diary." Someone once said that one way to develop deep characters is to have them talk about their feelings. So then, listen to the heart of young Elizabeth Carver through the pages of her diary. The men she wounded in the bank robbery have vowed to come back and kill her. Beth shoots really well but knows nothing about defending herself. When a well-known gunfighter comes to town, she asks him to teach her. What she learns and what happens next will change her life.
"The Diary" serves as another great example of Britting's writing style, showing the depth of his writing in an empowered female character. Detailing the expressive and emotional lives of the west’s earliest inhabitants, Britting distinguishes himself as a strong voice and a must-read for any fan of the western genre.