Robert Middleton spent much of his youth astride a horse and listening to real cowboys telling their stories. He was lucky enough to grow up where life was slow and the fences were few. Later, he was fortunate to meet Theodore Mason and his disciples. They formed the writer's group, "Works In Progress," and all were generous with their talents. After three Diamondback McCall western adventures, he is currently developing his first thrller. Robert and his wife, Denise, live in Hemet, California.