HFAC member Steve Bartholomew has just published Black Bart Reborn, another of his lively tales about the Old West, and Richard Sutton, one of our other members, has done an excellent interview with him about this book.
First, a quick description of Black Bart Reborn:
When Black Bart left prison he figured he’d had enough of crime and Wells Fargo. After all, he’d got time off for good behavior, and only had to do time for robbing one stage coach out of the twenty-eight he had held up. Bart thought he would try his hand at mining once again, and maybe settle down later by running a pharmacy. He also had plans for the woman he loved, Magdalena Ramos. Those were his plans. What he didn’t figure on was the man who had put him in San Quentin to begin with, Detective James Hume. Nor did he plan on meeting his old nemesis, Jason Sutliffe, who had started Bart on his life of crime. A month after leaving prison, Bart was determined to vanish from the Earth and from history. The official records say he did. This book is a tale of where he might have gone, and what he might have done. It is not history. It is a story.
And here is the beginning of Sutton’s interview:
Today, I’m sharing an interview with one of my favorite authors, Steve Bartholomew. He is an amazing storyteller working mostly with subjects set in the Old West. Steve is quite prolific and I’m glad to say I’ve read and reviewed several of his titles to date, so when I hear a new one was being launched soon about a notorious hold-up man, I had to find out more. Black Bart is all well and good, but who is this guy Steve Bartholomew, anyway? Steve tells me he was born a long time ago, in Minnesota. His parents had the good sense to move to California when he was about a year old. “My mother said that was because it was twenty below for three months straight.” She sounds like an intelligent, reasonable woman. He says he got his real education in the US Army, then spent four years in college listening to people talk. I remember the listening part from my own college years. He’s lived in Mexico City and New York a few years, then he returned to San Francisco. Probably for the seafood. He had a career in Government service which probably wouldn’t interest any readers, so I won’t go into that here.
To read the rest of the interview: CLICK HERE