Walt Coburn was an extremely prolific western writer. He was raised at the Circle C ranch and worked as both a cowboy and a surveyor before becoming a writer.
Tropes associated with his works include:
- Contrived Coincidence / One Degree of Separation a major exception to his normally realistic writing style. One example has the protagonist running in to a random stranger on the trail and having the stranger turn out to be his long lost father. Then finding out the his father chasing a bounty on his surrogate father, and in cahoots with the innkeeper who had just helped him escape the law, despite the fact the the innkeeper hadn't yet realized that he was the protagonist's (maternal) grandfather.
- Good Old Fisticuffs
- Funetick Aksent several American regional accents along with Mexican and Irish.
- Shown Their Work his background and realistic writing style tend to result in this.
- The Gunslinger
- The Western