The impetus for the piece was to discuss how history affected my novel writing. The article barely scratched the surface. Many of my short stories have a historical bent, too – whether that’s WWII, the English Civil War, the Spanish Civil War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the conflict in Bosnia and so on. History informs the present and to a large extent makes us who we are.
In Write a Western in 30 Days, there's chapter 4 that deals with Theme and ideas. Here, apart from discussing emotional response and taglines, I offer up about ten pages of ideas for stories, ranging over a variety of subjects - railroads, mining, pioneers, townships, ranchers, soldiers, women, and the Civil War.
In Bullets for a Ballot, the story revolves around the emancipation of women in Wyoming.
In Spanish Eye, Leon Cazador finds history touches upon his cases - such as the treasure of the Knights Templar in 'Relic Hunters', the Spanish Civil War in 'Grave Concerns', and the Tiananmen Square killings of 1989 in 'Dragon Lady'.