When readers see Linda Crichton’s new book, it may be the title that draws a second look. Named “Dragons, Cowboys, and Other Mythical Creatures,” there’s a wide array of …
When readers see Linda Crichton’s new book, it may be the title that draws a second look. Named “Dragons, Cowboys, and Other Mythical Creatures,” there’s a wide array of subjects it features.
And, all the poems included in the collection rhyme.
“I’ve always liked to make things rhyme,” said Crichton, adding, “and I’ve liked to put a little story to it — and put a little twist in the story.”
The Shoshoni resident and former truck driver, who has family in Powell and Burlington, has long loved composing poetry. However, her October book was the first time she’s shared her verses beyond friends and family.
Crichton spent roughly a year composing the unrelated short stories. She submitted her work to Dorrance Publishing Company, a Pittsburgh-based firm that helps authors self-publish their work.
“I just went ahead and I said, ‘Well, they probably won’t want me because it’s just little poetic stories,’” Crichton recalled. “And it came back, ‘Yes, we really loved this.’”
In its description of Crichton’s book, Dorrance wrote that each poem “offers a new chance to dip into a new world.”
“Epic poems vividly describe the adventures of angels, cowboys, wizards, and dragons as they quest across grand, imposing, and magical landscapes,” says the description. “Others offer a closer look at the quaint lives and adventures of barnyard animals.”
One tale recounts a cowboy’s efforts to escape an approaching tornado, another describes a meeting of wizards and dragons that’s infiltrated by a thief. Then there are ghost stories and other poems covering more everyday topics.
“Whatever hits me at the moment, I kind of like to write,” Crichton said. Her storytelling techniques were honed by years of telling tales to her seven children, including a son who lives in Powell.
Cricthon’s husband suggested the title tying the collection together.
“He was just being funny, and I said, ‘I’m going to use that,’” she laughed.
“Dragons, Cowboys, and Other Mythical Creatures” is available in print and e-book form at multiple retailers, including Amazon and Dorrance Publishing’s own website.