Billy Maddox is the first completed story in the upcoming collection of novels and novellas known as the Maddox Men series. The series recounts the stories of several generations of the Maddox family dating back to a coal mining disaster in Monongah, West Virginia all the way to Billy Maddox Takes His Shot in 1999. It is quite possible an additional story will follow protagonist Billy Maddox beyond 1999 and into the post-9/11 world of the 21st century but that consideration is for some future time.
The Maddox Men series imbues the characters with American history. I don’t mean that Billy, or his forebears, will turn into pivotal Forrest Gump-like protagonists. But their stories will be set against historical events, such as the Border Patrol border enforcement initiatives of the 1990s, the Monongah mining disaster, the Arizona Rangers, the Great Depression and the post-World War II economic boom and bracero program.
If there is one element that will be consistent throughout the stories, it will be the relationship between fathers and sons. In Billy Maddox Takes His Shot, Billy and his father have a tense relationship due to Billy’s upbringing. They both, however, share the same reverence for Billy’s great-grandfather William Maddox, a former Arizona Ranger.
William first makes an appearance in the novella Wichita Snake, the novella I have currently under development. It should be available by mid-summer 2016. In it, he fights off a crime syndicate in Wichita, Kansas and makes his way down to Arizona just in time to meet legendary Arizona Ranger and former Rough Rider Thomas Rynning just before the latter’s retirement. I also know how William Maddox will die; there will be a nice twist that appears in Rynning, my follow-up novel to Wichita Snake.
Beyond those stories, I don’t know much about the other books. I have some rough ideas but nothing certain. That knowledge will come in time. One of the most exciting parts of writing is discovering the stories as I go along, and that’s where I am right now.
But I have charted out the history of the Maddox Men series according to their birth dates:
- William Maddox, Billy Maddox’s great-grandfather, b. 1875
- William Maddox Jr., Billy Maddox’s grandfather, b. 1920
- Hector Maddox, Billy’s father, b. 1951
- Billy Maddox, b. 1976
If you enjoy contemporary or historical fiction, you will enjoy the Maddox Men series. So feel free to subscribe to my mailing list to get receive updates and drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments or questions.