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Richard Wheeler returned to the west after attending the University of Wisconsin, working at a succession of newspapers including the Nevada Appeal, Phoenix Gazette, Oakland Tribune, and Billings Gazette. In 1972 he switched careers and became a book editor for a number of publishers, most notably Walker & Company. Inspired by both the westerns he was editing, Richard Wheeler penned his first novel, Bushwhack, for Doubleday Publishing in 1978. He wrote five more novels in the 1970s and 1980s while still working as a book editor before turning his attention to writing full time in 1987. Two years later he won the first of five Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America with 1989's Fool's Coach.