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The Personal Stuff
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.
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 the date, on their way to the Little Big Horn. When we drove across the cattle grate to enter the site, we both got the shivers – there was something that felt so strange we were worried that we crossed some invisible barrier to another time.
I know I’ve written close to 30 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
I adore creative non-fiction
Always loved Dylan (Bob and Thomas)
I listen to period music when writing
I’m currently into lime green things
I’m a minimalist
I try to take at least one class every few months
I grow ideas
I write poetry
I try to write short stories
I’m a terrible editor
threefive novels in my head
I write. I write. I write.