Western Writers of America President Sherry Monahan Shares Her Love of Books

Sherry-Monahan-western-writerSherry Monahan admits she didn’t read her first Western until she was in her thirties—she was hooked on Agatha Christie. A native of New Jersey, she credits her father’s love of all things Western, to her lifelong fascination with the West.

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On the Edge of the West with Max McCoy

Max-McCoy_The-Spirit-is-WillingA Kansas native, the WWA Spur award-winning novelist Max McCoy was raised on the edge of the American prairie between Baxter Springs, Kansas, and the Kansas-Missouri borderlands of Joplin and the Ozarks. McCoy, an associate professor of journalism and director of the Tallgrass Writing Workshop at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, was an investigative reporter at The Pittsburg Morning Sun and The Joplin Globe for many years before entering academics.

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Gritty Realism Inspires Western Author Michael Zimmer’s Love of the West

Michael-Zimmer---May,-2014__RR_scaledAuthor Michael Zimmer was raised in Colorado, where he learned to break horses at a young age. Later, after his family moved to Indiana, he dreamt of returning to the West, which he and his wife did when they moved to Utah three-decades ago. And like many writers, he held many jobs as he pursued his dream of being a full-time author.

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Paul Cool: History Sleuth on the Trail of the Truth

DEC14_BYWLPaul Cool is an investigative historian, with the knowledge of a trained attorney and the experience to seek the truth in the details after more than three decades of public service in the Social Security Administration.

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Edwin R. Sweeney’s Passion for the West Revealed

BYWL_Edwin-R.-Sweeney_Cochise--Chiricahua-Apache-ChiefCochise biographer Edwin R Sweeney fell in love with the West like a lot of us: through television and a good school library.

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True West’s “Old West Savior” Lynda A. Sánchez Shares Her Love of Good Books

Nov-2014-Images-for-Posts/Books/Lynda-Sanchez-BYWLTeaching is her vocation. Preservation is her passion. History is her muse. Lynda A. Sánchez, who moved to Lincoln, New Mexico, over 40 years ago, has pursued her vocation, passion and muse to their fullest extent.

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Chris Enss’s recommended reads

Chris-Enss-BYWLAward-winning author Chris Enss finds inspiration every day from the men and women who built the American West.

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Historian Jack L. August’s Reading List Reflects His Love Of The West

Jack-in-his-front-yard-BYWLDr. Jack August Jr. is an academic and public historian of the American West. Raised in Arizona, August says, “You always had a sense of optimism growing up in Phoenix.” He began his love affair with the history of the West under the tutelage of Yale University’s renowned Western historian and president emeritus Howard R. Lamar.

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Peter Iverson on Navajo History

Professor-Of-History_ASU_Peter-Iverson_Navajo-HistoryArizona State University Regents’ Professor of History (Emeritus) Peter Iverson has written for decades about the West. Although officially retired, he continues to mentor current and former students, 50 of whom earned their A.S.U. Ph.D. under his direction.

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