Friday, July 9, 2010

Louis L'Amour's Influences

L'Amour has always been one of my favorite writers. I was a voracious reader when I was in school and read everything he published. It was this love of reading that translated into a love of writing. I realized that if I couldn't read any more of his stories, I would have to create my own stories.

Not only has he influenced my writing, but reading his work shaped me into the man that I am today. His stories are full of tidbits of wisdom for a hungry young mind and preach things like self discipline, loyalty to family and responsibility.

On of his lines that I has stuck with me over the years is: "The difference between a man and a boy is the willingness to accept responsibility," though I couldn't tell you what story it came from. It became a mantra that I repeated to myself over the years because I wanted to become a man just like the characters he described.

Some people grow up with sports stars and celebrities as their heroes; my heroes were William Tell Sackett, Milo Talon and Borden Chantry, and of course Louis L'Amour.


  1. I have to admit that I came on to Mr. LaAmour late in life and still haven't read all his books, but I wouldn't mind some of it rubbing off into my own writing.

  2. He was a great storyteller and a master at creating believable characters.