A Quick Note . . .
Wrangle is the title of my novel -- set in Texas quarter horse country in the 1970s when races were on dirt tracks and winning meant more than a purse to the ranchers.
The book was inspired by my uncle's quarter horse ranch and by my cousin, who ran the ranch for a time.
Wrangle won the 2015 Will Rogers Silver Medallion for Western Romance. Read more under the Wrangle tab of my menu, above.
Author Archives: jonnietootling
John Leguizamo is a comedian and actor who has been entertaining people for years – and making them terribly uncomfortable about their hidden biases – all at the same time. His “Latin History for Morons” is probably his masterpiece to … Continue reading
Looking back, I am not certain whether any of my sons have fully understood how much I have loved them, still love them, always will. When my middle son Terry died in December 2016, I came to understand how few … Continue reading
The change has been too slow to call it a revolution – this growth and maturation of Arlington, Texas, over the past 6 decades – but there is no doubt that my city has made huge advancements since I first … Continue reading
Others may prefer their witches and warlocks, their vampires and zombies, but I contend that the truly frightening Halloween stories are those that gain their power from the depravity of the worst of human behavior. Just take Ray Bradbury’s “The … Continue reading
Authors go about their work in different ways. My first novel (WRANGLE) was inspired by my uncle’s quarter horse ranch in Texas. My second novel (unpublished) grew out of my West Coast experience with migrant farm workers. My third novel … Continue reading
Driving around Arlington often triggers memories for me and when I happened upon the Clyde R. Ashworth Elementary School on Silo Road, the feelings were particularly tender because I remember the man.
In the western oater, it’s always the cowboy in the white hat that wins. What’s really satisfying is when it happens in real life – like the Waller County Citizens Against the Landfill victory recently.