Francis Louis Guy Smith – Santa Fe Sundown

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Santa Fe Sundown… A young man is wrongly accused of murdering a state senator and sent to Yuma prison. After two years he inadvertently is released and tracks the man responsible for sending him there.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised on the Mississippi gulf coast (My first novel) Oath of Color is about that area from 1926-1956. I have since moved to Texas (1979) I now write Christian western novels. In my previous life I worked in the oil industry as a Corporate Quality control manager, retired early and traveled in an RV fulltime for fifteen years around Texas and the northwest. I have written and self published Winds of Freedom, Winds of the Rio Grande, Santa Fe Sundown.

What inspired you to write this book?

My desire to give something to the public not filled with cussing and porn.

How did you choose the title?

I never choose a title. They just show up while I am writing.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Publishers don’t open manuscripts mailed to them and I just recently found self publishing. What a God send! I have a domain website called

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Twelve years ago I was inspired to write about my home country and its problem with discrimination. I wrot and never got published all that time.

Do you have any writing rituals?

No rituals as such. I write almost every day unless I need to jump over a block!

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Some are biblical, others just appear.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

After the original manuscript is finished, the donkey work begins. Editing! editing………I also design and create my own covers.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Learn more about computers and what they can do.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Westerns…. Mostly Louis La Mour. Although i don’t read much since I began writing. I don’t want to copy someone elses style.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes! Winds of Amarillo. Bringing all the character together from the previous three

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Just do it! Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t! I do suggest people who want to write do a lot of research.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Those who are interested in reading good , clean western. Something their children can read!

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

At Amazon and on Kindle.