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.
Works by Walt Coburn contain examples of:
- Contrived Coincidence / One Degree of Separation: In 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.
- New Old West: "Broken Wings" is set shortly after WWI and makes a point of throwing an airplane into a story about a gold mine and a Mexican coup.