My Favorite Stories on HubPages -WillStarr

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I am a reader. That is what brought me to hubpages. I came to read stories. I do not care whether they are short or book length, I just like to read stories. Letting my imagination soar with the story is my passion. I do not seem to have the imagination to write one and that just drives me nuts.

I thought I would let you all in on some of my favorite stories that are on hubpages. These are the ones that I have enjoyed and are still on hubpages. Some writers will take their stories off when they publish the book and I will try not to put those on here.

Used with permission of WillStarr
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Will Starr

Will Starr has won several awards and accolades for his writing ability. They are listed on his profile page at WillStarr. He has about 50 short stories and a couple of chapter stories on his short story register. I know you will enjoy them as he is an excellent writer. His stories are written with precision and detail and yet they remain short stories. His characters are developed and have personality which you can feel. Most of his stories have a lesson to be learned in them also.

Will Starr's western short stories are legendary on hubpages. Most people have heard of him and enjoyed his stories. He writes them with a twist at the end, which always leaves you with a gotcha moment. Very few see it coming and most try to guess where he will take us with the last paragraph. I have never gotten the last paragraph figured out before I get to it. Most of them are feel good stories but he does go into dark places occasionally. He also writes on other subjects occasionally and does just as well in them. He has a few involving planes, a few involving modern days and one involving Nazi's.

I was introduced to hubpages by a writer who is no longer on here. She introduced me to Ghost32, and from there, I was introduced to Will Starr and Wayne Brown. This introduction was brought about for a story which was a collaboration by the three of them in March, 2011. Will wrote the first part, Ghost32 wrote the middle part and Wayne wrote the third. Will named the first part Western Short Story - Maggie May McAllister. Then he passed it to Ghost. His part was named Western Short Story : Maggie and the Hoot Owl. Ghost passed it to Wayne, who named the last part MAGGIE MAY MCALLISTER: SACRED GROUND. It was great fun to see how three different writers, with three different styles, would treat this story. The effect of learning about the other two western writers would be that I would become a fan of theirs also.

Will has since written numerous western short stories that I try real hard to get to the first day. I can't wait to get to his stories because I know it will be a good story, with a twist at the end. One of these days he will write a straight forward story without a twist and mess all kinds of people up, who will be looking for the twist.

Will's most current fiction pieces are:

http://willstarr.hubpages.com/_3mcrjp1v01jkh/hub/The-Miller-Place-a-short-story

http://willstarr.hubpages.com/_3mcrjp1v01jkh/hub/Just-a-Little-More-a-short-story

http://willstarr.hubpages.com/_3mcrjp1v01jkh/hub/Scarlet-A-Short-Story

'The Tourist' is about a modern day Nazi and is a chiller. http://willstarr.hubpages.com/_3mcrjp1v01jkh/hub/The-Tourist-a-short-story

'The Deputy' is an older one that was first published when he was new on hubpages. It did not receive the attention it deserved and he has republished it so it could. http://willstarr.hubpages.com/_3mcrjp1v01jkh/hub/The-Deputy-A-short-story

Will writes about wolves and Alaska in this old time western story. Beautiful and heartbreaking, this one will have you cheering and crying. This has five linked parts to it. http://willstarr.hubpages.com/hub/The-Wolf-A-Short-Story

Will stretches his sci-fi wings with this story. Carl Hudson is the last person alive in Phoenix after a major two year long rain. Find out why the two year rain and what his twist is with this story. This is in four linked parts. http://willstarr.hubpages.com/hub/Rebirth-A-Short-Story

A few of his latest are:

http://willstarr.hubpages.com/hub/Cletus-Rawlins-A-Will-Starr-Short-Story

http://willstarr.hubpages.com/hub/The-Gunfight-A-Will-Starr-Short-Story

http://willstarr.hubpages.com/hub/Its-the-Little-Things-A-Will-Starr-Short- Story


Hired On
Hired On
The Hangman
The Hangman

Will is a published author now.

Will now has two published ebooks. Congratulations Will, I can't think of anyone that should be published more.

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/WillStarr

http://willstarr.hubpages.com/hub/A-Public-Thank-You-to-Kim-and-Mike

Will can also be found here with his wonderful stories. http://www.stevenfromholzsister.com/will-starr.html



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LABrashear profile image

LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

I saw the pic and figured it would be a great hub. So glad you spotlighted Will Starr. What a great writer and such a wonderful supporter for fellow hubbers. I did not know about the collaboration piece, but am so excited to check it out. Voted up and sharing!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

The collaboration piece has not been on Will's site for awhile and might be taken down. Will also has it on another site. Read it quick, I asked if he could put it up.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I have been following WillStar for some. I started writing some westerns because he sort of challenged me to do it.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

dahoglund, Many of us have been following Will for a long time. I figured that there are new people on here who may not have learned about his yet. And he writes some of my favorite stories. I will get to you also but there are a few ahead of you. I already have been doing the research on several. There are so many on here that write fantastic fiction, that it is hard knowing where to start. I do appreciate you coming by to visit.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

WillStar does a bang-up job of story telling. His stories are top notch. He is an All Star here on hubpages. Very interesting Becky, well told and I hope many more hub readers find this man's work.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I know at least one new one did. He has only been on a month. His comment is above. He writes some good stories too. I just went and checked him out. I read one about the Joplin tornado, very inventive story with his facts.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub. I didn't realize that these three very talented authors had collaborated on one story. I'll have to read these.

Thanks for the heads up.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Happyboomernurse, read them quick, Will has his part posted on another site and it might get flagged as duplicate before too long. I really appreciate you coming by to visit.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Hi Becky,

First, thanks so much for the Hub! I'm immensely flattered and grateful.

I decided to use my first version of Maggie May, which is not a duplicate, so there's no problem.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Will, I could not write reviews of my favorite stories and not include yours. I am glad that we do not need to worry about it getting taken off. It really is an outstanding story. I am happy that you approve of this and thank you for writing such wonderful stories. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

His stories are legendary that's for sure, you have to finish because you never know what's coming. Great tribute! Voted up across the board!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Will Starrs a master story teller and that ain't no lie. When one finishes one of his twisty tales they know they've just read a writer at the top of his game, period. Voted er up Becky!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

weestro, Will's stories are great. He will always entertain. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Alastar, I am so glad you came by to visit. I know that his tales will get us bemused with his twist.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I do so enjoy Willstarr's storie, They susually have that unexpected twist at the end that keeps me waiting in anticipation. He is without a doubt one of the best story writers on HP and I try to catch everyone of them, which reminds me I need to dash off to read his latest.

Thank you for the info on the 3 of them writing episodes of the same story Becky. How neat is that :) I will find the time to go and read each one.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

The links for all of them are in the stories. I put the link for the first part on here. Will is indeed one of our premier story tellers. I think it would be neat to talk them into doing another with maybe a different one starting it off. Thanks for coming by to visit Rosemary.


Ghost32 4 years ago

The connections between writers here is remarkable many times in many ways. Old Poolman first put Will, Wayne, and me up to the Maggie May collaboration. Will's twist endings started me writing westerns--which I'd never tackled before despite having been "ranch raised and rodeo bred". And it was an AWESOME honor, being the one to introduce YOU to Will.

Hm. Time to change my avatar, methinks.

Voted Up and Plenty.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I just noticed the new avatar and was going to comment on it. It looks good. I had not explored much on hubpages when I found you. I just liked your comments to the one person that I had contact with. I went and looked at yours and found this story. I thank you for the encouragement in my new endeavor. I found what I do well. I guess this is it. I can never think of anything to write but I can do these for quite a while. I appreciate you coming by to visit.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I enjoy reading Will Starr's hubs. He is a great writer and his topics are always interesting and enjoyable. He has my vote as well!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Good choice for the subject of this Hub.

TFP


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

teaches12345, Will Starr is a favorite of many. He is an excellent writer. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

The Frog Prince, I am sure that many people are not surprised to see Will is the subject of this. He is a logical choice. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Will is one of my favorite short story writers, too, Becky so it was pleasurable to read your hub about him and his work. He knows how to hook the reader at the beginning and end with an unexpected twist.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

drbj, The story that you may not have read is Maggie May. He has not had it on there for a while and put it back up recently. He is very good with his hook and twist. I hope I will lead you to a few that you have not known before. I am working on one about weestro which will be done for tomorrow. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I love WillStarr's work and read everything he publishes. Your presentation here should help others find this fine writer. Becky, your idea to do this series was a great one!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hyphen, I am so happy that you have come by. I am also happy that you like this idea. It seems like I have finally found what I should write about. There are so many wonderful writers out there and it is pretty much just hunt for them. I have several more and find more all the time. If I miss one, let me know. Thank you for coming by to visit me.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Becky, This is a great idea to highlight talented story writers here. You've picked one of my favorites and did a great job on the review of Will. We are so lucky to have such a group of wonderful writers at HubPages. And it is good to know you've found your niche!

Peg


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, so good to see you here. We all love Will's stories, but there are some newbies who will be glad to see a guide to good fiction on hubpages. If you know of one that I don't, let me know. Thanks for coming by to read.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Have you ever read Lynda Martin's work? She is amazing and has a published book as well. We started about the same time here. I love her writing. Hope you check her out. This is such a great way to promote good writers!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, Thank you, I will check her out. With so many writers on one site, it is impossible to know them all. I really appreciate the tip and hank you for coming by to visit.


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sweetguide 4 years ago from River side

Great one dear Becky Katz


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

sweetguide, Glad you enjoyed. I have some more to write but I have a term paper to finish first. Thank you for coming by to visit.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

I do love his stories...westerns. I love the one he wrote for the contest around Christmas time. Great hub! Nicely done! Voted up!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

girltalk, Wills stories are all wonderfully written. He is a storyteller for sure. Have you checked out his non-western stories? They are well written also and just as believable. With the twist of course. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

WillStarr is a master short story writer and the best of the best in HubPages. Becky, this is an awesome series of yours - promoting the best stories. You are bookmarked in my account for reference on a rainy day when I can stay in bed and read and read and read only stories.... :))

Voted up and excellent :)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Martie, Will is one of the best. I have several story writers to go and am working on one now. I hope you will enjoy it. I should have it ready tomorrow. I am having difficulties deciding which story to showcase. I know which writer I am doing. I am so happy that you came by to visit.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Becky,

This is an answer to my prayers, as I am behind in reading your work as well as the amazing fiction of this man.

This will guide me to exactly where to at least begin catching up... there is no better writer in the cowboy /western genre than Bill.

You did a fabulous job showcasing his work. Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, mar.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

mar, So glad you are thrilled with my work. It makes so happy to help you catch up with his work. I think he has written a new one since this was written also. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Becky,

I read my first WillStarr story this week. He is great, and now we are following each other--I am so happy because I will not miss anymore of his stories.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

PurvisBobbi44, If you just read your first Will Starr story, there are a lot more and every one of them is good. I am writing a series about good stories on HubPages and I hope you will read the others. They spotlight saome wonderful storywriters on here. Thank you for coming to visit.


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resspenser 4 years ago from South Carolina

I bought Will's book and though I've read most of the stories in it, I enjoyed reading them again and especially the few I had missed. Good job on this hub, Becky!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

resspenser, I have one of his books. I understand that he has another couple in the works. The one I have has a story in it that I had not read and I thought I had read them all. I think he is slipping them in to mess with his regular readers. He is definitely an outstanding author. Thank you for the kudos and for coming to visit.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow! Thank you both!

My latest book is Hired On, and can be found here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/234915

It's half-price to all HubPages members...use the coupon # MK75Y


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Thanks Will, I will check it out. I appreciate you coming to let us know.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello there Becky and to WillStarr, I was out at Amazon looking for your latest. Sad, I have not yet given in to e-books although I'm sure I will. I love the feel of a good hard back book on a cold winter's night. Back for a revisit Beck.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, he doesn't have it in paper yet, so if you want his most recent two, better grab them in the ebook format. There are stories on both that are not on HubPages. You can get a Kindle app for your computer so you can read them. It is free. If you go to his hubpage thanking Mike and Sunnie for their help, he has a discount code for his hubpages friends to get his two books at a discount.


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Homeplace Series 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

Will is a favorite of mine. Thanks for highlighting his stories.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Homeplace Series, Will is a favorite of mine also. I also am trying to get my schedule straightened out to meet him soon. We do not live too far apart, just an hour and a half now. I appreciate you coming by to visit.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod

Interesting and informative. Nice article.

Jodah pointed me to Will's work. I now 'owe' them both. Jodah for his own work and for telling me about Will; and Will for his zeal in preserving an art form that might not be endangered but has been increasingly hard to find as the computer age rolls on.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Billrrrr, I love Will's stories. I love the western genre and there are fewer of them all the time. I really need to check out Jodah's work. I hear he is good too, I just have not had time lately to read much. I will see you around and appreciate the visit.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

I don't know how I missed this tribute to Will, Becky! I admire him very much and enjoy his tales on HP. Well written by a good friend. :)


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Randy,I have written a few recommendations to good reading material. I really like his stories and figured if I could send a few his way, all would appreciate it. Thanks for coming by to visit.

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