February 5, 2021
I've gotten some pretty sweet feedback on the new Kid book, like this comment from one of my favorite Kingman teachers:
"I hope the quote 'Just what the world needs. Another book on Billy the Kid' on the back cover from the University of Arizona Press is in jest.
"Regardless, I admire your including it, because you are to be congratulated on another well illustrated, historically significant publication and most of all, doing it your way!"
—Dr. Thomas Dugan
Yes, the quote is real. It was part of a rejection letter I received from my alma mater back in 1991 when I was seeking a publisher for the first Kid book. It still makes me chuckle.Yes, it's undeniably true, the world does not need another book on Billy the Kid—especially right now!—but here you go.
If there is one thing that has saved me, time and time again, it's a certain crazy stubborness I probably got from my Norwegian father.
"If you want to know what it's like being married to him, think 'invading Viking, only child.'"
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