As you folks know by now, I have an abiding interest in historical fiction. One of my ongoing projects (just entering its fourth decade!) centers on Joaquin Murrieta. The legendary bandit is one of my favorite characters and I’ve put him back in the saddle three times this year. One of those stories, “The Wreck of the Annabelle Lee”, was awarded second place in Moonlight Mesa’s annual Cowboy Up western fiction contest. Becky Coffield is the editor and publisher of Moonlight Mesa and I very much appreciate her work in organizing this contest. It affords me a yearly opportunity to send Joaquin back into the California night. Of course, I’ve hoped for more than thirty years now that I can interest someone in publishing a collection of his adventures. I’ve written a quite respectable number of them and I even enjoy reading them myself! That’s not something a writer can always say.