The research and writing of Winter of the Metal People is the subject of a full-page article in the April 2015 issue of Roundup, the magazine published by the Western Writers of America.
The article starts by me recalling how I didn't realize that the Tiguex War—America's first-named Indian war—took place around my new house along the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque, N.M.
When I learned that Coronado's expedition stayed for two winters about a half a mile away as he waged the war in 1540-41 against the area's Pueblo Indians, I knew I wanted to learn more. I conducted research over the next 10 years on Coronado and the Tiguex War, and I discovered that the Pueblo point of view had never been written about.
I decided it was long past time for the Pueblo side of the story to be told, and that led to publication by Sunbury Press in 2013 of my historical novel, Winter of the Metal People.
The book is selling very well at places as diverse as the Coronado Historic Site and also the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, both in New Mexico.