Carl Dane is a career journalist and best selling western author who has written more than 20 nonfiction books, hundreds of articles, and a produced play. He’s worked as a television anchor and talk show host, newspaper columnist, and journalism professor.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas, and has maintained a lifelong interest in the Old West and the Civil War. He is a member of The Sons of Union Veterans and has traced many of ancestors not only to the Civil War, but also to the War of 1812 and the American Revolution.
Carl often writes and lectures about ethical dilemmas, and has a deep interest in morality, including questions of whether the ends justify the means and how far a reasonable person can go in committing an ostensibly wrong act to achieve a “greater good.”
He has testified on ethical issues before the U.S. Congress and has appeared on a wide variety of television programs, including Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, ABC News World News Now, CBS Capitol Voices, and CNN’s Outlook.
Carl is also interested in the structure of effective and eloquent communication, and has written two recent books on professional writing and speaking for a commercial academic and reference publisher.
Reviewers have consistently praised his work for its deft humor.
When not coyly writing about himself in the third person, Carl lives in suburban New Jersey, where he is active in local government and volunteer organizations. He is the father of two sons.
The characters of Josiah Hawke and Tom Carmody – and the situations they confront – were drawn from the author’s interest in the darker sides of the human soul, and the contradictions built into the psyche of every man and woman.
Hawke is an intellectual, a former professor of philosophy, who became drawn to the thrill of violence after the life-changing events of the Civil War – which not only exposed Hawke to violence but showed him that he possessed considerable untapped skill in that area. Carmody, yin to Hawke’s yang, is a blunt backwoodsman who is no stranger to violence, either, but has fought for survival and not for sport. Carmody wonders if Hawke’s philosophical justifications are merely a smokescreen for seeking out trouble – and he’s not afraid to tell that to Hawke.