Troy Kechely grew up on a ranch west of Helena, Montana, where he developed a strong connection to the land and the animals he tended. Troy’s powerful descriptions and ability to put the reader into the story makes his writing exceptional.
How does he do it? And how can you do it?
Troy will share how he conveys details so that the average reader can understand and relate, and why accuracy is so important, especially to readers who are familiar with the scenarios. He will talk about how hands-on experiences and meticulous interviews enable him to lift the prose above the superficial. His technique is to connect with the person, observe, and listen for the offhand comments and body language so he can understand what the person was feeling during that moment. With that level of insight, he creates characters that leap from the page.
What readers say (see Amazon for full quotes):
“… it’s a story for all time, one that makes you live and breathe right alongside the characters in it even if it’s a setting that is almost gone forever. I seriously have a lot of respect for this author’s skill and put him along side past famous authors that could immerse you in a mesmerizing tale of strong characterizations and lessons learned the hard way, the right way and the heroic way of a life lived for the right reasons. Plus he’s one hell of a story teller, with a lesson so real it hits you in the solar plexus when it comes.”
“I was transported to the mountains of Montana through the wonderfully descriptive language and engrossed by the knowledge this author has about the nature and beauty of the horses he describes so eloquently. This book will remain with me for a very long time.”
“This author has an amazing ability of making you feel like you are living in the story. His descriptions of the ranches, horses, dogs, etc. are so real. I felt like I could almost see the mountains, valleys and forests as Tom and Jim rode the trails.”
If you want to learn how to write memorable stories that transport the reader, Troy is an author who has mastered that skill. Join him and learn about how to bring realism, connection, and depth to your story.
Suitable for fiction and nonfiction writers alike – anyone who is interested in upping their game.
Troy is currently working on Book 3 of the Redmond Family Saga. Here is a brief synopsis:
Trust and respect are slow to earn and quick to lose from Clint Redmond’s perspective. Jaded by his experience in law enforcement, Clint is paired with Rebecca, a woman with as many trust issues as Clint. Together, through their efforts to get Clint’s department a K-9, they learn that perhaps people can be trusted, but first they will have to learn to trust themselves and each other.
Below are his first two books. Click on the title in turquoise to go to Amazon.
“After causing trouble in his Montana hometown one time too many, teenager Jim Redmond has run out of options. The only person willing to give him a chance is World War II veteran Tom McKee.
A lone wolf, Tom is still haunted by his experiences as a member of an elite special service force and seeks comfort among his horses and rough mountain trails. As Jim and Tom try their best to work together, the unforgiving mountains of Montana soon prove to be the least of their worries. These two fiercely independent men must learn what it means to rely on another human.
Troy B. Kechely paints breathtaking portraits of horse life, the Montana backcountry, and American experiences during times of war. This novel fearlessly explores some of the most riveting moments in US history from World War II to the Vietnam War.
Written with astounding emotional depth and historical expertise, Lost Horse Park is an exquisite follow-up to his first novel, Stranger’s Dance.
A true force in Western narratives, Troy B. Kechely offers a heartrending look at what it means to learn the true value of friendship–even if it takes a lifetime.”
“At the foot of the Continental Divide, rancher Frank Redmond struggles to maintain his land amidst the bleakness of Depression-era Montana. Married but childless, Frank’s wondering if the long-term future of the ranch is worth the effort. For that matter, he’s considering much the same about his wife Abby.
When a stray dog wanders onto the ranch, Frank’s first impulse is to shoot it as vermin. Abby and Clay, Frank’s father, insist on adopting the mutt, naming him Stranger.
For Frank, it’s both the last straw and a convenient excuse. He parlays his skill as a stone carver into a job at Deer Lodge state prison, fifty miles from home. There he labors over a headstone for the warden’s terminally ill wife.
When he finally returns home, he finds Stranger more a member of the family than himself. Frank needs to regain his family’s trust and prove himself. To do so, he’ll need to emulate the dog he once considered killing.
A pensively introspective but hard-hitting read, Stranger’s Dance delves into the challenges and desperation of Montana ranch life in the 1930s and how animals can prove the catalyst for human healing.”
Every writer will benefit from this presentation, because this skill is valuable in both fiction writing and nonfiction writing.