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2 Years Later: We Catch Back Up With Local Author


April is recognized in 24 states, including Kansas, as Cowboy Poetry Month. We met Greg Patton on April 17th, 2016, after he finished his first book of cowboy poetry.

Patton began by writing love notes to his wife, Debbie. She thought they were so good that she encouraged him to write more and share them with others. Now, two years later, he's the author of more than a dozen westerns. And they have a familiar tone.

"I write a lot of books using this area. Texas Lawman: Frank Williams talks about the coal mines around Scammon and West Mineral. The Queen City is mentioned in a lot oaf my stories, which is Parsons. They are fiction but I mix in some of the local history."

Greg Patton, a Parsons, KS resident, has been busy since we last caught up with him. He's written more than 20 books. Patton says, "If I get an idea, I write it down so I don't forget it. I stopped the tractor one day and ran over to my truck and my wife thought something was wrong. But I just had to get my pad and put down an idea before I forgot (laughs)."

Patton goes by the pin name Clint Clay on his westerns. He says he believes in the cowboy code and riding true to the brand. His family has a small ranch in southeast Kansas near the Neosho River. To say Patton loves horseback riding and the outdoors seems like an understatement. He feels it's the experience of really feeling the wind on one's face, hearing the squeak of saddle leather, and really being in the elements that helps his creative writing. "You can't make up how the fresh air and riding into the wind feels, the smell of the campfire, cattle or a horse."

Patton has always been a reader of westerns. His favorite writer, Louis L'Amour, has been a big influence to him. There are many other writers out there he says he loves, and he points out, that he doesn't always read just westerns.

His first best selling novel was Bounty Hunter For Hire, a book about a young man who returned from the war to be thrown into a world of danger, corruption and crime. Patton's latest releases have been Texas Lawman: The Guns of Blood Pass, Bounty For The Renegade and a box set called A Town Without Pity. You can find all of his books for sale on Amazon under Clint Clay.

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