Pratt's stories were favorites of Deanna Troi during her childhood, much to the dismay of her parents Ian and Lwaxana Troi. The former regarded Pratt as a hack writer and thought that his stories were the worst in his extensive Western collection. Ian lamented that his daughter did not have a preference for the far superior writings of Zane Grey and Larry McMurtry.
In 2343, Ian promised to read the Cowboy Ralph stories to the seven-year-old Deanna on his next trip home to Betazed. However, he was killed shortly afterwards while investigating a structural collapse on Raknal V with his old friend Starfleet Intelligence agent Elias Vaughn. Vaughn attributed the building's collapse to Romulan sabotage. (TLE novel: The Art of the Impossible)