Napoleon began writing his first manuscript, for publication, in 1990. He was told often throughout his life that he had a special way with words and expressing empathy. The gift of writing culminated in the penning of 9 novels, some of which are short stories and others longer novel-length works. In addition, he has written and produced 3 dramatic plays of an historical bent. Napoleon's Fireside Novels have been very popular throughout the Midwest.
The driving force behind the first published novel, The Emancipation of Nate Bynum, was Napoleon's desire to tell the unknown stories about the integral part that Blacks played in the American Civil War and the Wild West. His intent was to right the wrongs committed by early historical writers who depicted blacks, women, and other minorities as inept, weak-minded, and inferior to their white counterparts.
Napoleon poured his experience as a cowboy, rodeo team roper, private investigator, martial artist, bodyguard, and trial lawyer into the building of his characters. He used family legends and oral and written history to form his plots. When he describes the way a horse moves, a steer bolts, or a punch is thrown, he has rode the move, headed off the bolt, and threw the punch. His experience as a practicing trial lawyer is used to craft the many legal and ethical dilemmas in which his characters find themselves.
Napoleon resides with his wife near Lawrence, Kansas, the seed-bed in which the buddings of the American Civil War were sewn. He still practices law 50 to 60 hours per week, and many of his nights are reserved for writing.