The youngest of four children, Steve Brown was born in the 1940’s and grew up on a cattle ranch in the Sonoran Desert.  In 2007 Steve was struck by a major physical disability that led to a long hospitalization, followed by an extended recovery period.  


These stories emerged during his recovery process.

All characters are fictional and any resemblance to real persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

About the Author

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Set in the American Southwest throughout the second half of the twentieth century, this collection of short stories introduces two ranch families:



In a high desert landscape as unforgiving as it is beautiful, these families work to build a life and make a living even as they wrestle with the dilemmas of race, gender and politics that characterized America in the second half of the 20th Century.


Sol y Sombra chronicles their joys and sorrows as they seek harmony with the desert and one another.  Joined by occasional lawmen, a few fancy women, cowboys good and bad and dudes from the cities, theirs is a story of hard work seasoned with trust, loyalty and compassion.


Sol y Sombra recalls life in the Sonoran Desert before the days of cell phones and GPS’s, when survival depended on skill with horses and guns, strong families and respect for the land.


These stories honor that legacy.