About the author
Being a native of Oklahoma with a larger-than-life half-Cherokee grandfather, it is no wonder Native American history has always intrigued me. Truth be told, I love history in general so it is not surprising that my Bachelor of Arts degree is in History. I graduated cum laude in 1982 from California State University, Fresno and I’ve been writing as time and a busy life allowed for twenty years.
Expected soon is the new edition of my first nonfiction, Hollywood the Hard Way, a Cowboy’s Journey, an incredible story I first heard when I stopped for lunch in a cowboy bar in Montana. On my way to a writers conference, it was clearly Providence that gave me the gumption to enter that bar: dark, hazy with cigarette smoke, and the only customers Stetson-topped cowboys! The waitress looked a bit shocked, but when I explained I was an author, she pulled out a chair and sat down at my table then said, "Boy do I have a story you have to write!" I am forever grateful for that; the story she relayed was about a young Oklahoma cowboy's 1500 mile horseback ride to honor a bet his grandfather made with a famous movie star. One man, one horse, a harrowing journey half-way across the country--it is an amazing story of courage and integrity and not giving up.
My second book came about as the result of a phone call from the granddaughter of Tommy Thompson, "full-blood Cherokee," she told me. She just happened to hear my NPR radio interview from Tulsa, Oklahoma while promoting Hollywood the Hard Way, the gist of which was that I need heroes in my life--real people who do something extraordinary or make a positive difference in other people's lives. After a visit to Oklahoma and his story unfolded, I learned that Tommy Thompson was indeed a hero.
Coach Tommy Thompson & the Boys of Sequoyah is the story of her grandfather and the orphaned Indian boys whose lives he forever changed. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, the Foreword of this book was written by Chadwick Smith, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. His eloquent addition reveals an involved and caring tribal leader and is a dream come true for this history-loving, part-Cherokee writer.
Coach Tommy's book earned a "Finalist" award in the nonfiction division of the 2010 Oklahoma Book Awards. Because both books feature heroes from the "Sooner" state, I was honored to be included in the Oklahoma History Program, created by Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. The program, created to preserve the Sooner state's history, was established to: assure that the stories and poetry about Oklahomans,written by Oklahoma authors, will be available "in perpetuity." Being part of that program is a great honor, the latest of which OSU accepting my years of research on the Tommy Thompson story to be included in their archives
My first novel, The Indian’s Daughter, is based on a series of true events first headlined in The Seattle Post Intelligencer on February 23, 1996: BIA LOSES 2.4 BILLION. What I saw in that was INSTANT MYSTERY! The article highlighted the fight of courageous Elouise Cobell, member of and Comptroller for the Blackfoot Tribe in Montana. Cobell fought to bring the theft to light then became the lead plaintiff in the biggest class-action lawsuit ever filed against the Federal Government! Corruption and intrigue is the nucleus of The Indian's Daughter and if you like stories about politics, murder, with nail-biting action....I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
My husband and I live on the Central Coast of California, a beautiful wine-growing valley with 360+ wineries--a vinophile's heaven! I continue to do what I love (write!) and my latest novel, The Fifth Season, is just now being released and available.
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