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Saturday, September 29, 2018

RIP—GEORGE SYNDER

RIP—GEORGE SYNDER
In early September, men’s adventure writer George Snyder passed away. He was discovered on his boat after suffering a major stroke. He was transported to a hospital and later, in fulfillment of his specific end of life directive, to a hospice where he left this life dancing to his own drummer as he had done for all of his 80 years. 

I only met George once, at a writers conference where we were both speaking. We immediately hit it off, and I was able to tell him I felt his Operation Hang Ten series (written as Patrick Morgan) was a classic of the genre. He laughed when I told him all ten paperback originals in the series still resided on my bookshelves while many other similar series had long been relegated to the Friends of the Library.

  
Over the next couple of years, we communicated via email, while trading new books and reviews. Recently, I applauded and promoted his successful move into the Western genre. While our relationship fell somewhere in the vague area between acquaintance and long-term friendship, I felt a surprising loss when I heard the news of his death. I wanted to know him better, but now it was too late.

In July of this year, he wrote: I started writing my next western, Stealing Sarah’s Gold, part of the Hawkstone series aimed at Black Horse Westerns and written under my George Arthur handle. That will be followed by another stand-alone western, Outlaw Canyon. Next, I still have fill-in work for the big western, Ride The Long Trail, which is too long and eventful for a publisher. I’ll likely have to bring it out myself independently. Then, finally, I’ll get to the next Logan Sand crime action adventure novel, Hard Trouble (likely early next year). 

Other stuff is happening, too. In August, my western, Open Range Fury, will be released by Black Horse Westerns. In September comes the audio for Dry Gulch Outlaws, and December another Hawkstone, Tracking Apache Joe (also from Black Horse, who are also looking at another western of mine). 

It is good to be writing again. I’ve determined, as an introvert without much personality and little social life, writing is not something I do—a writer is who I am.

When I am between novels, I always get in a funk. Usually, I swing from the last book to the next. While I have an idea how the next one will spread out, I can't seem to get started. I know I'm writing too much, eight westerns and a crime novel  so far in 2018. One major problem is I'm an introvert, some even say I don't like people at all. It seems I just want to be with my writing and reading. When the internal pressure builds too much I force myself on others. Not always good. 

One thing that helps is the core members of my Thursday writer critique group. They keep me pushing, not only to write, but to connect with those who don't, because I need that stimulation. And they kick my writing around enough to keep me from liking it too much. My soon-to-be released crime novel is dedicated to them.

Prolific, outspoken, an experienced sailor and motorcycle rider, writer, reader, and friend. The men’s adventure genre will miss him.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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