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Blind Sidetrack

Author’s note on Blind Sidetrack

Blind Sidetrack was inspired by my experience working for an oilfield service company during a brief boom and a traumatic bust in the early 1980s. Many of the book’s characters were modeled after people that I met during that period. For the next decade, I collected anecdotes, industry trivia, oilfield sayings and personal stories as background for the novel. I mapped the story on a large sheet of graph paper to chart events, characters and themes by scene and chapter. It took seven years to write and edit the novel. I did it at least half the work on airplanes, in pencil, while traveling on business.

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