As a child, Kit ran unfettered through the local stockyards, the place where western cattle and sheep fattened up before their final trip to the slaughterhouses in Chicago. The characters she met there remain alive in her mind and still influence her writing. Cowboys — honest-to-God cowboys.
Dr. Keith Souter's medical background finds its way into a lot of his writing, as can be seen in most of his western novels and short stories. He is fairly prolific, having written almost fifty books that have been translated into ten languages. Half of his non-fiction works are on medicine and health.