What is the fascination with cowboys?

October 25, 2010

What is the fascination with cowboys? 

Since as long as I can remember a cowboy has always held the imagination of both men and women, especially in our family. My grandmother would read nothing else, and my father followed suit. 

During my formative years, I grew up watching several cowboy series. The most memorable series being, The High Chaparral. It was not Billy Blue Cannon for me, but Manolito Montoya, played by Henry Darrow. He just had that sexy roagish charm that held me enthralled.

Other notable series were The Virginian, and Bonanza. My favourite cowboy series has to be Alias Smith and Jones. All my friends preferred Jedediah ‘Kid’ Curry played by Ben Murphy, but I just loved Hannibal Heyes, played by Pete Duel. Again he had a certain roagish charm that I fell in love with.

For someone who has lived in England most of their life, they conjured up the Wild West. The pioneering spirit that made America what it is today. I’m sure all the men who watched these action packed films wanted to be them, and all the women wanted to know them.

So who is my favourite cowboy of all time?

It just has to be Butch Cassidy, played by Paul Newman in the iconic film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I’m sure you will have your own favourite cowboy. Leave a comment and let me know.

All my favourite cowboys have a roagish, devil-may-care attitude. They’re fun and sexy. I try to bring these qualities to the heroes of my books.


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