“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. This will be the beginning.”
– Louis L’Amour
Louis L’Amour was an American author. He is best known for his Western fiction novels, though he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short-story collections. He was born Louis Dearborn LaMoore on March 22, 1908, the last of seven children. He grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, a medium-sized farming community. As he grew older, he traveled throughout the United States and abroad, in various positions including as a mine assessment worker, a professional boxer and a merchant seaman. In the 1930s, Louis and his family settled in Oklahoma, and Louis turned his focus to writing. He began to have success with short stories in the late ‘30s and ‘40s, beginning to sell novels in the 1950s. Louis also served in the United States Army during World War II. Louis ultimately wrote 89 novels and more than 250 short stories.