About

Donald Dowling is a born in New Hampshire Yankee who was transplanted to California as a preteen.  Two loves of his life had already infected him with their romance: the West of legend and motorcycling.

He always believed that if you value and love something, you need to actually do it. He got his first motorcycle at 15 1/2 and explored the San Francisco Bay Area. He loved the freedom of the ride, and his love of bikes grew throughout his life.

As a youth he took many camping trips through out the coastal Western states. And later, on his own or with a friend, he camped, hiked and backpacked through the Sierras and Rocky mountain states.

These early experiences, combined with his natural flair for historical research and story telling, led him to write about his experiences.

 

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  1. Here is an expanded bio, FYI:
    Biography of Donald D. Dowling

    Donald Douglas Dowling was born in New Hampshire and raised on family tales of New England when it was the Western frontier. Hannah Dustin was an ancestor who in 1697 was captured along with other women by a band of Indians who planned to bring the women home as slaves… but didn’t count on Hannah. She led a revolt killing their captors, took their scalps to prove it, and brought the other prisoners safely home. This story and other tales in the family history built his love for stories of the frontier.
    As a young child Dowling collected paperback books and magazines that featured Western settings, characters, and themes. Often he could be found on his bed with his dog listening to radio shows like “Bobby Benson and the B-bar-B Riders”, “The Lone Ranger” and “Death Valley Days”
    When Dowling was eleven his Dad accepted a job in San Francisco and the family moved to California. The family travelled widely throughout the West, camping and absorbing Western life and lore. He continued his explorations on his own and fell in love with the West and its history.
    Dowling often says he wishes he had been born in 1800 so as a young man of fifteen he could have gone west with the early trappers to live the life of a mountain man. Then he could have been a guide for the wagon trains, and then a miner searching for gold with the 49ers. Finally, as an old man, he could have ridden with the cattlemen on the long drives from Texas north to the railheads.
    Novelists like Walter Van Tilborg Clark (The Oxbow Incident), Zane Gray (Riders of the Purple Sage), A.B.Guthrie (The Big Sky), and the many novels of Louis L’Amour (particularly the Sackett series) fired his ambition to create and publish his own stories of the West.
    Today Dowling lives in an Art gallery with his artist wife in the country between two small agricultural towns in Western New York State. They share the art gallery with their two dogs, Doodle and Dozer, whose names define their characters. The Dowlings travel widely across America with their RV. The American West is their most favored destination.

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