I never said I was a historian.1 I never used it. And I think Reader’s Digest, they quoted and said the “Historian T.R. Fehrenbach wrote”. I talked to my agent, Richard Curtis, New Yorker, and he said, “Well, you got four million Yankees fooled, so we might as well be a historian.”
And so, I started writing — it was easy. I started writing histories. I had a novel based on my own family projected Texas, a Texas novel. And it morphed into the history of Texas, Lone Star. I found it easier to write than fiction. I probably — let’s put it this way. I’m much better at violence than I am at sex.2 I mean writing about it.