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Hot off the Presses!

My work is finally getting noticed!

I have made it onto the Best Sellers lists on Amazon for free westerns, not once but twice now, and the free American Literature list as well. More people are writing about me and my books and I was even interviewed for a podcast.


Below you will find links to the interviews about me and my Into the West Saga Serial Collection. Please feel free to share the links and leave feedback.  

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Into the West: The Orphan Train

was a finalist in the

2019 TopShelf Indie Book Awards and is a 2020 TopShelf Indie Book Awards Nominee

I received word from TopShelf Magazine the first book I wrote, Into the West: The Orphan Train, was a finalist in the 2019 TopShelf Indie Book Awards. This is extra special to me as this is not only my first book but it is also the first contest I have ever entered my writing. To have my first book become a finalist in the first contest I entered is beyond thrilling!

The panel of judges was impressed enough with my work that they nominated it to compete again in this years awards as they felt it deserved another chance to take first place. 

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Interview Menu

Want to set up meeting to interview Stephen Burckhardt?

Contact Stephen Burckhardt at s.burckhardt@stephenburckhardt.com or click the chat box on the lower right hand side of this screen and a message.


Shari Burckhardt, Author and Proud Host of a Malformed Brain

Wichita Life ICT 
Podcast #8
Interview 1.11.19

Interview with American western author, Stephen Burckhardt

Ramona Portelli
Interview 11.6.18
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Friday's Forum Featuring Stephen Burckhardt

Scott Harris
Best-Selling Author
Interview 11.9.18
Media Interview

Interview with, Stephen


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The Interviews

Wichita Life Podcast #8

Shari Burckhardt, Author and Proud Host of a Malformed Brain

by Wichita Life - Podcast

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Interview with American western author: Stephen Burckhardt (a.k.a. Shari Dianne Burckhardt)

Shari sat down to chat via Skype with Wichita Life host Landon Huslig. 

Shari confessed her secret, she is Stephen Burckhardt and Dianne Burckhardt. Shari is currently writing under both pen names and had been keeping this from her followers but opened up for this podcast to discusses her life, career, health, the time she died, and so much more. 


Wichita Life ICT

We love Wichita.  We started the @WichitaLifeICT Instagram account to highlight all of the talented and creative people in the Wichita area and now want to expand that mission. Wichita thrives on it’s small businesses, art, and people – all of which deserve to reach as many people in the Wichita area as possible. That’s where we come in. We help promote small business, local charities, and people from around our city. Shoot us a message and let us know how we can help you.. Read more. 

Interview with American western author, Stephen Burckhardt

by Ramona Portelli

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Stephen Burckhardt is an American author who is currently living in Düsseldorf, Germany. Born in Wichita, Kansas, Stephen’s family moved around quite a bit when he was young but always stayed in or around the Wichita area.

Stephen spent a few a years living on a ranch near Benton, KS. This is where he developed a deep love for all things western. It was on the ranch where Stephen learned to ride and care for horses, tend to chickens and cattle, drive a tractor, and shoot various types of firearms. Being a proud member of the Cherokee nation only deepened his interest in history, animals, and native traditions.

After earning a degree in journalism from Wichita State University, Stephen spent years writing for various publications and eventually worked for a news service as an anchor for their east coast news feed. The job was depressing. Read more



Born on August 10, 1979, RAMONA PORTELLI has been a freelance writer for these last past years, during which she has interviewed various local and foreign personalities.  Ramona started her career by interviewing local Maltese personalities such as television presenters and producers, singers and artists, as well as other important figure heads such as the Archbishop of Malta. Read more. 

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Friday's Forum Featuring Stephen Burckhardt

by Scott Harris

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When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns?

I have to admit I didn’t really start reading Westerns until recently, but I have been a Western movie fan for as long as I can remember. I used to stay up late with my mom watching movies on the “Late Late Show.” Our favorites were “Bowery Boys” movies and Westerns with stars like John Wayne, Gabby Hayes, Roy Rogers and Randolph Scott.

We also watched serials together. I was fascinated with the cliffhanger serials they used to play in movie theaters before the main features (this was before my time, but they

eventually showed them on TV). I loved those shorts. I used to tape as many as I could on VHS tapes and then bought DVDs of them whenever I could find them. I’m sure that is why I modeled my book series after the cliffhanger movie shorts. They were such a big part of my childhood. I don’t even know how many times I watched the Lone Ranger shorts. I still love them.

My mom was a big influence in this area. She actually dated a few men when she was young who were stunt men in Wild West shows. One even went on to be in numerous movies as an actor and a stunt man. Later, she married my dad, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation. I always tease her that her life is just one big game of Cowboys and Indians. Read more. 

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Award-winning and best-selling Western author Scott Harris is a lifelong Western enthusiast who traces his love of Western fiction back to his childhood days of reading Louis L'Amour novels. Harris has published four novels this year, along with a collection of short stories, and variety of other fiction and non-fiction Westerns. Harris has created a Western world filled with fascinating and exciting characters. Read More

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Amazon Best Seller's Lists

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Into the West: The Orphan Train Made it onto Two Free Best Sellers Lists on Amazon

I wanted to do something to celebrate Halloween online. I thought the best thing to do was to give away a "treat" to everyone who was interested in my work. On October 26th & 27th, I gave away free downloads of the eBook version of Into the West: The Orphan Train on Amazon.com. My book quickly made it onto the Best Sellers lists in not just one but in two categories. When the free download weekend was over, the book had topped out at #41 in American Literature downloads and actually cracked the top 20 making it all the way to #16 in Westerns. Into the West the Orphan Train even made it to #1,023 in all free eBooks in the Kindle Store. Considering how many eBooks are available everyday in the Kindle Store, that is an incredible achievement and I would never have been able to do it without the support of my followers. I will never be able to thank you enough!

I Made the Amazon Best Seller List

I decided to give away the ebook edition of Into the West: A New Home - Special Edition for Valentine's Day. It began the day ranked in the 2,668,815th position in all books on Amazon and quickly rose to 2,287th place. That brought it to the 41st place in all free westerns on Amazon's free Best Sellers list. Not only did this book make the Best Sellers list but it made it into the top 50. I had never thought about my books being on the Best Sellers lists before. I just enjoy writing my stories. Now that I realise that this well within reach for my books, the next goal is to break the top 25 paid westerns on Amazon's Best Sellers.