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S.L. Kotar and J.E. Gessler wrote the highest-rated episode of GUNSMOKE in the 20-year history of the series (“Kitty’s Love Affair” – NOT our title, by the way; as there was no “affair”) and were awarded the Writers Guild of America’s 100 Best Written TV Series !

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They created, published and wrote many articles for “The Kepi Magazine,” an iconoclastic publication that specialized in the Civil War and 19th century life. (www.aheadofthepress.com/Kepi)

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Next, they wrote a number of novels set in the 1800’s, two series published by Tirgearr Publishing  as e-books. The first trilogy we called “The Kansas Pirates.”

Pirate Treasure Strawberry Fields The Drinking Gourd

and the second is a  more traditional Western entitled the “Hellhole Saga.”

First Draw Audition for a Legend Strange Bedfellows

Next, published by Ahead of the Press, is a  Western  series.

The ReproBate saga. The first novel   “Beneath the Rose” Book 1

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S.L. Kotar and J.E. Gessler have also written several non-fiction books which cover the Western era.

First “Riverboat The Evolution of a Television Series 1959-1961 describes the TV Series placed in the great Riverboat era. Published by Bear Manor Media.


For those interested in the 19th Century from a research or historical perspective, they also are the authors of several texts that deal with uniquely 1800s issues.

Our first book was “The Steamboat Era,” that covers the creation and development of “Fulton’s Folly” throughout the time it dominated transportation across the United States waterways. Included in our extensively researched text are the perceptions of the steamboat among those who witnessed, traveled on, or made a living with or on these marvels of American invention and imagination.

The Steamboat Era

While not exactly Western, this history of Ballooning and The American Circus covers events through out the period.

Ballooning   American Circus

Finally, they have also written several non-fiction books on medical issues through history.  These include:

Cholera  Smallpox  Yellow fever A Worldwide History

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