I have a passion for the frontier west – from about 1800 to 1880. Most of my trips are to historic sites in America – many of them unknown to most. Walking where history happened feels a lot like experiencing the events myself. My sister and I try to get in at least one long history trip a year – sometimes two if we’re lucky.
(The photo is of me back in my skinny days – the “surgeon” at Bent’s Old Fort, Colorado, is suggesting he cut off my finger to cure my headache!)
We’ve seen strange things. Like ghosts.
We’ve seen them at Fort Union, North Dakota and Fort Bowie, Arizona, and heard them at others (Washita, Hovenweep, Cochise Stronghold). My sis actually got a photo of “smoke” coming out of the skeleton of a tepee, although there was no actual smoke, no fire, nothing – just the poles set up to create a tepee.
On one trip we traveled to the back-of-beyond (think dirt ruts, stream beds, off the grid) to see a rock where two troopers in Custer’s 7th Cavalry carved their names and date, on their way to the Little Big Horn. When we drove across the cattle grate to enter the little parking area, we both got the shivers – there was something so strange about it that we were worried that we crossed some invisible barrier to another time.
I don’t know if time travel is possible – but all of the fiction books I do my best to work on are about traveling to another time. Something about it feels so very right. If not time travel then perhaps alternate realities? Past lives? Some of the people in history feel so real to me I wonder if I knew them once upon a time . . .
I know I’ve written more than a dozen books and hundreds of magazine and web articles.
Beyond that . . . .
I love research
My passion is the history of the American west
I’m a cat person
I wear purple a lot (does that mean I’m old?)
I’m an Emily Dickinson fan
Always loved Dylan (Bob and Thomas)
I listen to period music when writing
I’m currently into lime green things
I live in a cottage
I grow herbs and tomatoes and flowers