Follow Historian and writer of Historical Fiction, Doug Hocking, along the trail Way Out West. On this website you’ll find out about my books and discover links to my articles as well as information about what I’m doing and thinking. There are maps and photos of places in my books. There are galleries of my digital photography displaying the best of the American Southwest. You’ll also learn about my odyssey and years of adventuring around the world. Enjoy!
My most recent novel, Mystery of Chaco Canyon, is a mystery, a love story and an historical fiction. Dan, Roque, his cousin, Doña Loca, and Jicarilla Apache, Peregrino Rojo, move through the very real world and events of New Mexico in the 1860s. Around them the Civil War is brewing and being fought as they search for lost treasure hidden by mountains, deserts and time. The mysteries and clues they encounter are real! You can go and see them. The conclusions they come to are unique. Everything points toward the lost cities of Chaco Canyon and there the archaeology suggests where the treasure has gone. The story starts when a dying Masonic brother asks them to look into the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone which he believes show the Ten Commandments in an ancient Hebrew script. Buy it here now! Danny Trelawney goes West along the Santa Fe Trail in 1849 to trade with the Indians and meet his hero, Kit Carson. Along the way he is befriended by Roque Vigil and Jicarilla Apache, Peregrino Rojo. He’s disappointed in soft-spoken, humble Kit, but traveling together with him to Jicarilla camps and ceremonies and Mexican towns, Danny comes to understand the man. Then the Jicarilla take Ann White and her baby daughter captive and the pursuit begins. A reluctant Kit Carson is recruited by the 1st Dragoons to guide them to the Jicarilla camp as Danny comes to understand the man as a hero. The storyline closely follows a real episode from Kit’s exciting life. Buy it here now!
Devil on the Loose was originally published as a serial novel in the Tombstone Times over the course of 3 years. It is the story of a former Dragoon searching for fortune, fun and respect. He’s piskie-led, confused by the fairies, into love as he avoids an outlaw clan whose leader he has slain. He finds all in 1860 Arizona, a land without law where the devil is on the loose. Outlaws, Apaches and Mexican bandits can’t keep him from his fortune or the woman he loves. Will be available soon at Doug’s Store or come and see us at the Amigos and Ladies of the West Booth #123 at the Tucson Festival of Books. Get yours now at Doug’s Store.
The Wildest West is a collection of short stories and short historical material from the 1850s and 60s. Within you’ll find the story of an Apache riverboat gambler masquerading as a Spanish don and of a young lady gunfighter raised by Indians taught morals and manners by a Mexican courtesan. In 1861, seven Yankees stole a stagecoach in Mesilla to escape advancing Confederates only to run into Cochise. Their story is here, too, as well as the story of Wind Wagon Thomas who sailed his wind-driven wagon to New Mexico despite pirates and shoals. Was Clay Allison the toughest man in Cimarron? Maybe not. Before the law came, in those early years, the Southwest really was the Wildest West. Available soon from Doug’s Store.
What is historical fiction? My books are very realistic frontier fiction where invented characters interact with historical figures to assist the reader in understanding the times, the weapons, and the cultures that led people to interact as they did. I hope it’s the best historical fiction you’ll ever read.
They didn’t ask me why I write historical fiction (westerns), so I don’t have to lie. My answer would have reflected all the elements shared by other Western Writers. I was born, though I seldom admit it, near New York City, and dropped off at age 10 on an Indian Reservation in New Mexico to grow up in a land stuck in the 19th century. I loved it and still do, so I can’t help writing about it.
Cochise County Corral of the Westerners. I’ve been having a great deal of fun with the Cochise County Corral of the Westerners, organized under Westerners International, I’m passing along their information to you in hopes that you’ll visit us if you’re in the area or that you might find a Corral in your neighborhood. My friends have taken me to ‘lost’ cities and places of historic interest not well known. They’ve put me in touch with ranchers and old timers who have extensive knowledge of our region. I hope that you might enjoy a similar experience.Cochise County Corral of the Westerners on Facebook. Cochise County Corral of the Westerners (Video)