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  • Yoho’s love for writing continues to grow

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  • CEDAR LAKES - Who doesn’t love a good Western?
    R.G. Yoho certainly does, and that is why he recently had his fourth Western “Night Fall Over Nicodemus” published.
    “There are things that are kind of unique to the Western,” said Yoho during a break at the West Virginia Writers Conference at Cedar Lakes recently. “The first thing about the Western is it’s the only literature that started in this country. Westerns are different. A Western can encompass every other genre of writing. It can be a horror story. It can be a mystery. It can be a thriller. It can be a romance. It can be a comedy. You can incorporate almost anything and make a Western out of it. Not every other genre of writing lends itself to that.”
    Yoho, who resides in Little Hocking, Ohio, was teaching a writing workshop on how to produce Westerns at the three-day conference.
    “I love it,” he said of writing Westerns. “This last book that I wrote, it actually opened itself up to a couple more in a series.”
    His reading of “Flint” by Western author Louis L’Amour is where his love for this type of book started.
    “I probably wrote a speech in high school,” he said of his first writing experience. “When they made me write papers in college, I kind of enjoyed it. From then on, I just started writing things down.”
    Yoho was born in Parkersburg. As a child the family moved to a cattle farm in southeastern Ohio. He graduated from Warren Local High School in Washington County. He was a part of the WLHS Class of 1977, which is the same year West Virginia Writers, Inc. came into existence.
    He then attended Hyles-Anderson College in Indiana and earned a degree in Pastoral Theology.
    Yoho has been employed in manufacturing for nearly thirty years. He presently works in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia. During his adult life he has worked as a freelance writer in many fields including politics and sports. He has also hosted a weekly radio show.
    Besides his Westerns, Yoho has published three works of non-fiction. His first book, “Heroes in Our Midst,” received the 2009 James P. Vaughan Award for Historic Preservation from the Wood County Historical Society.
    One of his true passions is Mountaineer football. Yoho owns the distinction of writing a book about one of the greatest WVU players of all-time in Major Harris. The book, “Major Impact,” was both rewarding and trying at the same time according to Yoho.
    “Dad and I were sitting there (at Mountaineer Field) in the game against Penn State when he (Harris) scored on the broken play,” said Yoho. “I saw Major play for years and years.
    Page 2 of 2 - “No one had ever written a book about Major. So I thought, ‘Why not me.’ There was a two-year period I spent just trying to figure out how to get a hold of him. We probably had two or three personal visits and about 30 hours of phone conversations. Finally, we had a book.”
    The book is still available in print and for download.
    “It never really has hit off like I thought it would. People are still learning about it. When people read it, they seem to like it.”
    Yoho said that about 95 percent of his book sales these days come from Kindle downloads.
    He longs to write every day if at all possible.
    “Shift work makes it tough. Plus, a 50-minute commute. I live for my long breaks,” he said. “I like to write three pages a day if possible.”
    Yoho said there is no exact science to writing and publishing books.
    “I am lousy at starting a book, but I’m death on finishing.”
    His published works can certainly back up that statement by this fine author.
    To learn more about Yoho’s books, go to the White Feather Press website. Or, his own website at www.rgyoho.com.
    CONFERENCE NOTES – This year marked the 35thAnnual Writers Conference by WVW, Inc....There were 45 workshops to choose from, a panel discussion, three critique sessions and agent pitches....There was entertainment on both Friday and Saturday evening...Nearly $6,000 in cash awards were presented at the banquet for the WVW, Inc. Spring Writing Competition...Dues are $20 per year...The website for the organization is www.wvwriters.org.

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