First – If you’re an editor or potential client, here’s a (not) complete list of projects and clients.

Who I Am

I am a fulltime author with a passion for for so many things it’s hard to pin me down.

Although I’ve written about the craft of writing and running a freelance writing business, my primary niche is history & genealogy.  In fact, I have a thing 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.  I do a bunch of short trips and at least one long history trip a year – sometimes two if possible.

On my trips I’ve seen strange things. Like ghosts.

On one trip I 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 I drove across the cattle grate to enter the site, I got the shivers – there was something that felt so strange I wondered if I had crossed some invisible barrier to another time. Only one other trip gave me the same shivers – walking down the trail to the Washita. If you know Custer lore, you’ll know this one too.

Cool Stuff

Several of my books have hit #1 in their Amazon category.

One of my magazine articles was chosen for a Best Of book published by The Writer magazine.

One of my poems is in the 2017-2018 San Diego Poetry Annual

I belong to Western Writers of America (I wish I was as famously successful as fellow member Craig Johnson of Longmire).

I’ve been interviewed by the NY Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Kiplinger’s, and bunches of websites. You can also catch one of my podcast interviews over at The Creative Penn.

What I Do

I written 30 books and hundreds of magazine and web articles.

Beyond that . . . .

I love research

I’m passionate about the history of the American west and . . .

Road trips!

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

I write. I write. I write.

  8 comments for “About

  1. Jeanne Muchmore
    09/01/2013 at 8:17 pm

    I just finished your book “How to write for Kindle”. Loved it! Reviewed it under the name Sparrow. I am here at the page because I wanted to learn more about you. Here’s a suggestion for your “About” tab – we, the readers I guess, want to know “who” you are. Love what you do, but “who” is far more interesting. Your writing — the “Best” I have seen in centuries! I know exactly what you mean about the joy that good writing gives a person … both writer & reader. Awesome! Love it! Thanks. 🙂

  2. Margie Layton
    08/23/2014 at 9:34 am

    I found your “How to write for Kindle” after midnight last night. I had downloaded books for hours it seemed, trying to find a simple, easy book on how to format and submit a book to Kindle. (I’m very new to this.) With a headache from wondering how so many people could write so much and say so little, I was about to give up and go to bed when I found “the mother lode”! Your Book! How could I have missed it?? Headache forgotten, my eyes could not move fast enough until I finished it. I’m not sure what time that was. Before I sit down today to read (instead of “gulp”) it again I must thank you. My wish is that someday one of my readers will find that excitement and joy of reading in one of my books that I just found in yours. THANK YOU.

  3. Nancy
    08/23/2014 at 10:15 am

    Margie – you just made my day! And, the book is in the process of being updated. So stay tuned for even more.


  4. Barb Martenson
    08/21/2015 at 8:51 am

    Hi, Nancy. I’m a newbie to writing books and articles, but a veteran 20+ year grant writer. Despite living in England, Switzerland, Cyprus, Egypt and the Wesr Bank, with many personal interests, I seem to have writer’s block on where to start. Suggestions? Or have you addressed this in one of your books? I suppose I could start with a series of “vague memories” – e.g., when I rode bareback and walked across North Dakota’s Ft Seward to Mandan trail, or explored caves in Wisconsin or repelled off cliffs on the St. Croix River. But who would read such things? You’re invited to Minnesota. The beauty of the North Shore is spectacular and we are “western” enough to have lots of Indian and military history here, too. Punkin (my grey tabby) also sends his greetings!

  5. Samantha
    02/01/2016 at 7:13 am

    Hi Nancy,
    I started writing a memoir 9 years ago, I started writing, got tired of writing, then purchased dragon dictate, and used it for a better portion, then moved and finished the end of my book by writing. I have reached a point where I can not get myself to put it all together. I need professional help to put it together. Please let me know your thoughts, and if not too expensive would love to have you help me get it done.


  6. Nancy
    02/10/2016 at 8:27 am

    Hi Samantha, Apologies for taking so long to get back to you. I don’t transcribe my own things any more. I either use Dragon on my phone (although I can only dictate for 1 minute at a time, but that seems to work for me). OR, I dictate into an app on my phone and send it to Rev.com for transcription. They charge $1 a minute – but it’s pretty amazing how much you can get said in 1 minute. Hope this helps. Nancy

  7. 03/23/2016 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Nancy
    I came across references to youon an Ancestry email I recieved today. I have been working on my family tree for 21
    years since my twin grandsons were born. I started at a local LDS Family history center.And have been plugging away since.
    When visiting with my wifes grand mother and listening to her stories of growing up in northwest Ohio in the late nineteenth
    Century.The wife commented that she wished we had taken notes or used a tap recorder.to capture some
    of the details of those conversations. My tree has become fairly extensive over the years. I have found
    some heroes and a few rogues. Just a typical family.Started on the east coast and have been moving
    constantly west over time. Although quite a few have lived their whole lives in the same neighborhood.
    Just thought I would say hello.

    constantly west

  8. Nancy
    03/23/2016 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Phil,

    I think we all wish we had taped interviews over the years; I know I wish I had with my grandmothers. I’ve taped some with my mom (she’s 94) so at least I have a few things. So good to hear from you – and please keep in touch.


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