Kent Conwell grew up in the wide-open Texas Panhandle in the town of Wheeler, population 848. His love for the West came naturally, for his grandfather had run away from his Tennessee home when he was 14, bull-whacking his way to the Panhandle where he met his future wife who had traveled from Illinois to Texas.
After moving to Fort Worth, Kent was more at home at the stockyards than school. Somehow, he managed to earn a B.S. and began teaching. Later, he moved to Port Neches, where he acquired a M.Ed. and Ph.D. A successful educator, his love for writing about the West, a period in history unique to America, has never waned. He has won awards for short stories, screenplays, mysteries, and westerns.
Atascocita Gold is Kent's thirtieth western for Avalon. Promise to a Dead Man, Bowie's Silver, Gunfight at Frio Canyon, An Eye for an Eye, A Hanging in Hidetown, Friday's Station, Sidetrip to Sand Springs, The Alamo Trail, Blood Brothers, Glitter of Gold, Jim Wells, Painted Comanche Tree, Texas Orphan Train, Valley of Gold, A Wagon Train for Brides, Ghost of Blue Bone Mesa, Gold of Black Mountain, Bumpo, Bill, and the Girls, Gambling Man, Shootout on the Frio, Angelina Showdown, Palo Duro Shootout, and Junction Flats Drifter are also available.
He has also written seven mysteries for Avalon. Extracurricular Murder, Galveston, Skeletons of the Atchafalaya, The Riddle of Mystery Inn, Death in the Distillery, Vicksburg, and The Ying On Triad are also available.