Yesterday's Bandit

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AuthorHouse, 2003 - Fiction - 296 pages
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When the Whistle Blows, also known as The Sleeper, was the subject of the authors final project portfolio/thesis at Regent University. Meeting with his graduation committee in the fall of 1993, Mr. Staerkel first pitched another story idea based on a short play he had already written. However, his first idea was rejected because, in the words of the committee, "We need something new." When the author told them of a story he had heard as a youth concerning his father, the committee promptly dismissed him, and told him, "Go, and write a story about that."

In 1996, a year after the tragic passing of his lovely wife, Mr. Staerkel optioned that screenplay, The Sleeper, to two Academy Award Nominated writer producers. Lauded for its crisp dialogue and dramatic scenes the screenplay was aptly renamed When the Whistle Blows. The screenplay was shopped to studios and independents, but was never produced. The novel, bearing the same name, is based on the original work.

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About the author (2003)

Barry Brierley currently lives in Tres Piedras with his wife, Barb, three dogs, a cat, and two horses (Wasichu's Jasmine & Cree), and soon to be moving to Coal Creek, CO. Born in Menomonie, WI and graduating from high school there in 1956, Brierley did a three-year stint in the Marines. He lived in northern Minnesota until he obtained his first art job in Owatonna, MN, employed by Jostens Inc. as an artist from 69 to 79. Leaving the security of that art job, he moved to South Dakota to learn more about himself and his art. During that time he lived on a ridge overlooking Bear Butte, on the northern edge of the Black Hills. Returning to Minnesota in 83, he was employed as Manager of Special Graphics at Wincraft, Inc. He and his wife, Barb, moved their family to Arizona in 1987, and he was employed as a tee shirt designer/illustrator until 89, at which time he started his writing career. ?Doing research for my novels comes naturally to me, ? says Brierley. ?For forty years I have been an illustrator and painter of wildlife and Western scenes. Having a realistic style, my paintings always required a lot of research. Since I am a voracious reader and have acquired a vast amount of information on the Old West; especially the Sioux and their never ending conflict with the white man. A few trips to Utah and Wyoming inspired the book Yesterday's Bandit. Quoting the author, ?I wish I had known Butch, I am sure we would have gotten along just fine.? Spirit Riders was originally written as a screen play. Interest is there, but selling the script has not yet happened. Brierley decided to write it as a novel, and now readers will be able to be a part of this adventure that takes place in 1897, in Lakota territory.

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