Family heritage inspires retiree to pen wild west novel
WES Houk decided to pen a short memoir about his American Indian grandfather but, as he told Seniors, "I got diverted and finished up writing a 110,000 word novel".
Wes, 69, lives at Mountain Creek and is a retired real estate project marketer.
He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and came to Australia in 1970, moving to the Sunshine Coast in 1988 with Australian wife Margie and family.
"My grandfather, Charlie, was 102 when he died and he was born to an American Indian woman," Wes said.
"I believe she was a Sioux. Charlie, as he was known, has always fascinated me. I started to research his life but I became fascinated by the times he lived in - the wild west of the 1840s and 1850s, the mass migration and expansion westward of European settlers, the battles with Indians, and the harsh life people had.
"I got hooked and the result is my book, Adventure Story."
Wes has adopted the pen name of Levi Lincoln.
"Everyone associates America with Abraham Lincoln and Levi Jeans so it seemed a good name for the time the book was set in," he said.
The novel took 14 months to write and has just been published, with some favourable reviews already in.
It is available for $24.95 in selected bookshops, via Amazon Books or at www.westernadventurestories.com.