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Author of "God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana," winner of the 2009 Spur Award for Best First Novel! The Spur is given annually by the Western Writers of America "to promote and honor the best in Western literature. It recognizes works whose inspirations, image and literary excellence best represent the reality and spirit of the American West."


Background Information

Stories. Always stories. Pop's stories of his life as a Montana cowboy, ranching, and later as a railroad worker. Mom's stories of her life in a Norwegian farm community in Minnesota, and later how she taught school in Arizona to find a dry climate that would cure her TB. Stories on the radio, listening to the Lone Ranger, The Shadow, others -- in a dark room lighted only by the radio's own incandescence.

Books. "You've always got your nose in a book." No matter where we moved, I would set out immediately to find the library.

From the age of 3 I would tell myself stories to go to sleep by. No one knows when I learned to read, and after I learned to write I began setting the stories on paper.

Nose in book. Pencil, pen in hand. Now a keyboard. Always stories.

I majored in English so I could keep reading stories, got a PhD for the same reason, but studied poetry and wrote my dissertation on William Wordsworth.

Collected an obese file of rejections until the acceptances came in, but they were for nonfiction. Articles on gardening, garden history, and three books. The best of those is Wordsworth's Gardens (2001), a top ten finalist for the 2002 Washington State Book Award. My best seller probably sold 100+ copies, but came with a large airplane  because at that time I was a technical writer for an aerospace company.

Then retirement and coming home to Montana. I continued to write articles, now in equine journalism, but the bell was tolling for me. If not now, when? The future is suddenly a finite quantity. Switch to fiction.

Consequently, God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana. Because 55 years ago I stood in the hangman's building and heard the ropes creak.

Birth Place
Shelby, MT USA
Accomplishments

A PhD in English for no better reason that I love to read and write. Thank you awards from software engineers for a manual on an aircraft lighting system. Top ten finalist for the Washington State Book Award for "Wordsworth's Gardens" (2002).

Additional Information

"Fear of Horses" won first place in the short story contest sponsored by Women Writing the West, in October 2008. "Comes a Stranger," based on my father's account of a chilling meeting with the Sundance Kid, was published in New Works Review, online, summer of 2008. You can now read it on my Web site (see links below).



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