Five years was not long enough for The Rifleman. The series
ended too soon. Though its production ended before I was born,
it lives on in reruns and DVDs. This saga is dedicated to my
imagination of the lives of Lucas and Mark McCain and the
residents of North Fork, after the series ended. In looking
back, The Return of
Johnny Drako and Healing,
unknowingly, started my saga.
Leaving Childhood Behind, it was my dream to allow Mark grow
up, but without his father present. In growing up, he came to
realize every move he made would be guided, ultimately, by
everything his father had taught him. A parent can only teach
their child and hope that the lessons they’ve taught are the
right ones. Lucas grew up as well when he came to understand a
parent can’t always be there to protect or guide their child. At
some point, a parent has to be ready to let go.
A parent must be willing to accept their child’s decisions as
they grow up, and if they fall, be ready to catch them. This was
my idea behind Mark’s Posse.
Yet, the repercussions of a child’s decision, like a pebble
striking the surface of a pond, aren’t always so simple, as
Lucas was to find out.
After finishing Mark’s Posse, I felt a need to continue the
story. A lot had been spoken between Lucas and Mark, regarding
Mark’s ordeal. But, there was another side to the story. A side
untold - Lucas’. Thus Timing was started and so, my dream of
their saga continued.
Deanne Bertram aka Bluewind Farm