Welcome to Mestengo Books

Recently, I decided I needed a place to put my work all together. Now that I’ve got a bit more social media savvy (and not much more), I thought it time to start a new blog/page. And so was born Mestenga Books:

Welcome to Mestengo Books, a gathering place for my works of fiction and nonfiction. I wracked my brain for hours to come up with a good name to represent me and my books. With so many blogs/sites already out there, it’s difficult to come up with something original. The horse, for some reason, has been a totem animal in my life for, well, all of my life – since childhood. Mustangs, of course, are my favorite. They’re a hardy breed, borne of Spanish bloodlines, and have survived the wilds of the Americas for centuries. The name mustang itself (a popular one and obviously already taken for many blogs/sites) has a neat history. It comes originally from an old Spanish word mestengo (16th century, according to Wikipedia) that translates to wild, stray, ownerless. I knew the moment I saw the meaning I’d found the title I’d searched for all day. And anyone who knows me well enough can certainly attest to the fact that I am, without a doubt, una mestenga.

This article was written by dthunderbooks

Denise Thunderhawk discovered her love of writing action/crime novels while living in Santa Fe, NM. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading crime novels, and writing novel adventures. Denise is currently putting the finishing touches on another Braddock novel,The Burning Wolves. Stay tuned... "I've enjoyed writing creatively since I was a kid but I've spent most of my adult/professional life writing in a dry, technical fashion, because of the work I did in the criminal justice system. Moving to Santa Fe activated my creative writing "juices" and the story flew from my fingers so fast I had to pace myself. I wrote frantically into the wee hours on many a night because I had the "juice" and wasn't able to stop until it was all out. I wrote my first book, "A Bump in the Road," a personal memoir, in 4 ½ months. During that time, another story nagged at me. I bought a small notebook and on the front, in red ink, I wrote "Write What You Know" as inspiration. It was on those blank pages that chapter one of my first novel adventure came to life. I finished the memoir then turned my attention to the fiction story I couldn't get out of my head. A friend asked me, "How do you know when the book is finished?" "The book's finished when the story's finished," I replied. "I just know when to stop." And there it is - a short summary of my writing habits (when it's done, it's done, and that's all there is to it). I start with a vague idea and a title, then I let the story take me where it wants to go. Then I finish the book, simply put, when the story's done.

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