Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hanging With Matthew Mayo

Well, what a kick it was to find out that writer Matthew Mayo lives practically around the corner from me. The Charmer and I were invited to stop by, which we did, and we spent a couple of enjoyable hours shooting the breeze about all kinds of stuff like Shane, favorite crime writers and Gunsmoke vs. Bonanza. In Matt's words "we prattled on like a couple of Jane Austen characters." So true. And Matt was incredibly gracious when I became especially exuberant over The Six Million Dollar Man's duel with the Sasquatch.

Matt's latest is COWBOYS, MOUNTAIN MEN & GRIZZLY BEARS: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of the Wild West. I have to confess, it contains many stories about real-life characters new to me, such as John Colter, George Drouillard and Marie Dorian. But even the well-worn tales—Tom Horn, Wyatt Earp—are fresh thanks to this Spur Award finalist's sharp prose. Whole-heartedly endorsed. Oh, and I have to brag... I got a personally signed copy.

Related links:

Matthew P. Mayo's official website

Meridian Bridge: A Conversation With Matthew Mayo

Review of COWBOYS by Laurie Powers.

LEGEND 5: Half A Pig review by Evan Lewis


Richard Prosch said...

Wow, talk about synchronicity!

Leah J. Utas said...

Gotta say that's my kind of conversation.

RReynolds said...

Dave, my kind of book, thank you for the tip.

David Cranmer said...

RR, And it's not just for western fans. The Art of Manliness has a podcast with Matt here:


Matthew P. Mayo said...

Hi David,
You, Richard Prosch, and Laurie Powers might want to consider becoming literary agents! I appreciate all the coverage and kind words you've offered me.

Our visit was grand--even if your poor wife had to listen to us talk and talk and talk about ... cool stuff. She deserves a medal. Or a fine meal out. Your treat.


David Cranmer said...

Absolutely my treat.

And she swears she wasn't bored.

Laurie Powers said...

I'll become a literary agent...where do I sign up??

Travis Erwin said...

Great title and one I'm really interested in.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

A couple of Jane Austen characters?? Really? That's pretty awesome.

I like the sound of that book. Not my typical fare, but it sounds riveting.

David Cranmer said...

Alyssa, If you enjoy reading history that springs to life from the page, then this is for you.

David Barber said...

I do really want to read a few westerns, so will check these links etc out. Thanks David.

Regards, David.

Sarah Laurence said...

How much fun to discover a fellow writer in your neighborhood! I’m lucky to have 3 YA/MG author friends who live in my small town, two on my street. I like your Jane Austen reference – so true! My grandfather’s cousin used to host literary salons in her home in Cambridge MA.

Cloudia said...

Good stuff

Aloha from Hawaii my Friend!

Comfort Spiral

Dave King said...

Wonderful, when thigs work out that way!