Kendall Hanson is the author of historical westerns like you’ve never read before. Why? Not all bad guys are bad, not all heroes are good, and not all soiled doves have a heart of gold or a hidden claim on a rancher’s land. That’s why I think of them as historical novels rather than classic Westerns.
Why not keep to the tropes of the classics? After living all over the United States, mostly in the West, I have yet to meet a single person who isn’t more complex, more subtle, more dignified, more foolish, and more interesting than fiction often allows.
I’ve been a newspaper editor, trade magazine editor (for several simultaneously), a retailer, and even a teacher. I still work a regular job part-time, lead local volunteers as part of two wonderful organizations, and spend several months of the year vending another business at various festivals and shows on the weekends.
So writing fiction is my getaway, you might say. But pleasing my readers is the only goal I have.
A former feature writer, columnist, magazine and newspaper editor, and teacher, Kendall began his book career in 1999 with the publication of Writing for Trade Magazines. Drawing on a long-time hobby of book collecting, he subsequently launched a reprint publishing how dedicated to the preservation of hard to find titles on boatbuilding, sailing, and adventure. A transplanted Tarheel, he is a Navy veteran and graduate of the University of New Mexico who has lived almost all of his adult life in “one western state or another.” Currently he lives in Kingston, Washington with his wife of forty-five years and an old Basset hound that allows him to share office space. When he isn’t writing, which is seldom, he spends the majority of his free time with his grandchildren and various organizations dedicated to making Kingston a better place to live.