Congratulations Tom Clavin on your new book Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West!
Where did you get your inspiration from to write Dodge City?
I had co-authored a book with Bob Drury titled The Heart of Everything That Is, about the war against the Plains Indians in the 1860s. It was successful and I wanted to return to the American West of that general time period. I stumbled across information about Bat Masterson, which impressed me with how adventurous his life had been, and when I learned that as very young men he and Wyatt Earp had teamed up to tame a lawless Dodge City, I thought that would make for a thrilling story.
Tell us about your writing process. Do you write at a regular time each day, or when you feel inspired, etc?
I completely agree with Mark Twain that “writing is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. I’m very fortunate that I love what I do, but the job of researching and writing must be done every day – for me, beginning early in the morning. I’m a plumber, a carpenter, a car mechanic, with my tools being words.
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