A few years ago, Paul Newman was asked why there wasn’t a sequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I thought it was a good question –particularly when Newman pointed out that no one saw Butch and Sundance actually die in the movie. And this gave me an idea…an idea that took years to develop.
Legends Lost begin when I asked three questions: How would Butch and Sundance get out of Bolivia? And if they did, what would happen to them? And why would E.H. Harriman still want them dead?
All I had to do was answer three questions and I had a book. Or so I thought.
Somewhere along the line, research reared its ugly head. I had to find out about Robert Leroy Parker, Harry Longabaugh, Abraham Lincoln, E.H. Harriman and the Union Pacific Railroad, Joe LeFors, John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln assassination conspiracy theories…and a whole lot of other people, events, and things. Ironically, my three questions turned into three hundred questions.
Writing Legends Lost was the easy part.