What I hope for, from HBO.

Lots of readers are asking if I’ll be writing any episodes of the HBO series based on Doc. There’s a two-part answer to that question. Part 1: Not a chance. In Hollywood, it is customary to ignore the author of  “source material” once the rights to it have been secured. Producers and writers see only … Read more…

DOC on HBO

People, I have never kept a secret this long in my life. This has been brewing since June, 2011. Here’s what I heard originally:  Ron Howard’s father Rance Howard has a longtime fascination with Doc Holliday. He read Doc when it first came out and took it to his son Ron, who contacted HBO about … Read more…

Okay, I know they’re actors, but…

… when a gentleman dressed as Doc Holliday or Wyatt Earp stops by to chat at my book table, it is a thrill. Yesterday, I spent seven hours in the bookstore and gift shop at the O.K. Corral, while hundreds of people shuffled through, buying souvenirs and tickets to the gunfight reenactment done 2-3 times … Read more…

Why don’t (s)he write?

Remember that line from Dances With Wolves? Kevin Costner and a teamster come across a skeleton and the teamster says, “Somewhere back east, his sister is wondering, Why don’t he write?” I’m not dead, but I’ll  put it this way: 1500+ people have climbed Mt. Everest. Only 67 have completed this ride. About 4:30 yesterday, … Read more…

Some pianos ARE too awful to play!

This morning, I drove into Tombstone early, hoping to beat the heat and the crowds. Spotted mining archeologist  Carey Granger and had a chance to ask him some additional questions, including, “Wait — they had two ice factories in Tombstone? How did they make ice?” He said they used ammonia and fire. “Did you ever … Read more…

Tombstone trip: packing up

Book publicists tend to think geographically, not climatically. When A Thread of Grace was published in January of 2005, the first week of the tour was on the West Coast. The events started in San Diego (sunny and 80), with stops in San Francisco (rain and 55), Portland and Seattle (more rain, 45), and ended … Read more…