Where do you like your cowboy stories to take place? Does it matter to you?
I’ve written stories that take place in Texas, Tennessee Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota, etc, but I always wonder if it matters to the reader where the story takes place? I mean there are certain places I think of when I think of cowboys and where they live.
I think Texas is a given for cowboy stories. I always think of there when I think cowboy, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be from just about anywhere. Wide open spaces lead themselves to raising horses or cattle which is what a cowboy does. I live in Tennessee and we have lots of horse ranches and cattle ranches around here. We also have the home of country music but in Nashville itself, you won’t find many real cowboys. I think you find more what they call concrete cowboys in the city. Anyone can dress in Wrangler jeans, a cowboy hat and cowboy boots, but does it make them a cowboy? Not necessarily.
So those are my thoughts on where to find real cowboys? How about you?