Faced with a lot of time on his hands, he started scribbling down his thoughts and memories on little scraps of paper and stuffing them into a coffee can. Hub says, "I didn't know I liked to write until I started doing it."
His wife found the can and asked him about it. "It's just a bunch of junk and when it gets full I'm going to dump it out and burn it, and then fill it up again." She encouraged him NOT to burn his little slips of paper.
Over time Hub experimented with poetry, submitted a few things and then was asked to do readings at cowboy gatherings. The persistent encouragement of family and friends eventually led to several published books of poems, and the novel, Long Ride to Davis. His narrative style is one of a kind.
Three tips for authors that I gleaned from Hub's interview:
- It's never too late to start.
- You don't need a lot of fancy equipment. Just use what you have (i.e. imagination, pencil and coffee can).
- Surround yourself with a network of advisers and supporters.
Just do it.