New Release: Ann Bassett, Colorado’s Cattle Queen by WWW Member Linda Wommack

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 1.06.35 PMWWW member Linda Wommack recently released Ann Bassett: Colorado’s Cattle Queen on March 5, 2018.

This is the first full-length biography of Anna Marie Bassett, the first white child born in the notorious outlaw region of Colorado known as Brown’s Park. She knew outlaws such as Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid. When Tom Horn, hired by Ora Haley, owner of the Two Bar Cattle enterprise, murdered her fiance’ Matt Rash, Ann Bassett launched a personal vendetta against Haley and the Two Bar ranch.

This is the account of Colorado’s Cattle Queen, Ann Bassett, told largely in her own own words, and supported by friends and enemies alike.



About Linda

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 1.14.17 PMA Colorado native, Linda Wommack, is a Colorado historian and historical consultant. She has written eight books on Colorado history and contributed to two anthologies concerning Western Americana. Linda has been a contributing editor for True West Magazine since 1995 and contributes monthly for Wild West Magazine. She has also written for The Tombstone Epitaph, the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper, since 1993. Learn more:

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WWW Conference News: Things To Do, Tours To Take!

The conference committee is busy with plans to make the 2018 gathering in October one that will be fun, memorable, educational, and worthwhile.
For those who are interested in learning more about the area, three tours will be offered.
The first tour is Thursday, Oct. 25. Climb on a wagon and take a ride around the historic homes of Walla Walla. The tour will last approximately half an hour.
The second tour takes place Friday morning. Those participating will visit Fort Walla Walla Museum. Located on the grounds of a 19th-century military fort, Fort Walla Walla Museum offers an exciting and educational opportunity for the whole family. The Museum features 17-building historic pioneer settlement, beautiful gardens, and  expansive exhibit halls housing thousands of artifacts. The Entrance Building and Galleries feature fascinating exhibits, artifacts, and the Museum Store filled with books, heritage items, traditional crafts, old- fashioned toys and gourmet gifts.
After exploring FWWM, the tour will take participants to a winery where we’ll see the facility and eat lunch.
Following the winery visit, the tour bus will head to the Whitman Mission National Historic Site.  The national historic site is the site of the former Whitman Mission at Waiilatpu established by Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa. Whitman Mission commemorates the Whitmans and their role in the progress of the Oregon Trail.
The tour will return to the hotel in time for the conference opening that afternoon.  This tour includes lunch, transportation, and museum admission in the fee.
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The third tour takes place on Sunday, leaving around eight in the morning and returning around four-thirty to five that afternoon.
We’ll head to the historic town of Pendleton, Oregon. In the early 1900s, Pendleton was a rowdy Wild West town with 32 saloons and 18 bordellos.  On any given day at that time you could find cowboys, ranchers, miners, farmers, sheepherders and railroad men rubbing elbows both above ground and below.
The tour will include a stop at Tamatslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Visitors to the museum can take a 10,000 year adventure in a single morning. Learn about the history, culture and hospitality of the people who’ve resided on this land for more than 10,000 years. Visitors will find interactive exhibits, rich with history, that celebrate the traditions of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes.
We’ll head into Pendleton and stop at the Pendleton Woolen Mills. Opened in the early 1900s, the woolen mills continues a traditional of quality and endurance that has spanned generations. Blankets and apparel are what they are best known for, and the retail store carries a large assortment along with various gift items and textiles.
The tour will then take us into the heart of Pendleton to visit Hamley’s Western Store.  In 1905 J.J. Hamley relocated his saddle business from Idaho to Pendleton, Oregon and set up shop on the Oregon Trail. Today, you’ll find Hamley’s open in the very same building. Hamley was known as known as a harness and saddle maker, but the business soon grew to encompass spurs, ropes, and more. Hamley’s became known throughout the west as the maker of “the finest saddles man could ride.”
Tour-goers will enjoy lunch at Hamley’s Cafe before heading to the Pendleton Underground Tours.   Pendleton Underground Tours is a non-profit corporation that started in 1989, giving tours of Pendleton’s former red light district. Originally, the tour was very controversial because part of the subject matter covered gambling, the Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. The history of legal and illegal businesses operating beneath Pendleton’s streets makes the tour unique and incredibly interesting. The tour is suitable for all ages, but note there are stairs to climb.
This tour includes transportation, lunch, and admission to museums.
If you’ve already registered but decide you’d like to add a tour, hop onto the website and add the tour through the online registration form.
We look forward to seeing you in Walla Walla in October!
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Finding WWW Members (and Readers) Online and at Book Events

Just a short post this week to all our members, or even readers, who use Women Writing the West to search for authors who write in or around our genre or as a reader who loves to read about other women or about the west.

We’re everywhere, though sometimes states apart, but sometimes it’s nice to remember all the places to seek one another out! Writing (and reading) can be slightly lonely pursuits in some cases, so when it’s time to connect with someone else, or to find other western readers to discuss a favorite book, where can we search in a time where we are both extremely connected but also oddly alienated from one another?

First things first, there’s Facebook – our WWW Facebook pages are lively and visible to readers and writers alike. WWW members also have the hugely supportive and warm Listserv where we get to chat privately and send sensitive news or extra hugs through the internet waves. Facebook also provides several other western writing groups, where authors chat both privately and then with a larger reader base on a separate but linked public platform on Facebook. Start searching just for western writers through Facebook’s searching and you’ll find loads!

Secondly, there are great lists available for genre-specific bloggers, each with their own following. It takes a bit of digging, but say you write western historicals? You’ll find bloggers out there who share such books with their readers on a regular basis. Reach out – you may find other WWW authors who have already been featured on that blog, or you’ll pick up more readers (and readers, you might find books you’d never have spotted otherwise!).

Author Pop-Ins on both Twitter and Facebook have become noticeably more effective – both to find new readers but also chat with like-minded authors. Tagging one another during chats helps tremendously as well. If you write Young Adult, try Instagram – both posts about your book and “Live” events. The YA market is moving away from Facebook and you might catch more readers on other forms of social media. Or consider going to a con – sometimes historical works do really well at sci-fi or fantasy conventions. If your work fits, it’s a great way to get a young, vibrant, and dedicated audience.

And lastly, whenever you attend a book conference, reach out to the WWW membership to see if anyone else is also attending? You might get a chance to really connect in person with someone, and if you don’t ask ahead of time, you may never meet them at the event. Or, conversely, you might get other WWW members to attend once they hear of the event. Person-to-person meet-ups are always worth their weight in gold, so keep in touch with other WWW members on the Listserv or Facebook in the chance this might work out!


Sara Dahmen, WWW Blog Coordinator

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New Release: A DYING NOTE by WWW Member Ann Parker

Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 10.25.24 PMThe sixth book in WWW member Ann Parker’s Silver Rush historical mystery series, A Dying Note, will be released on Tuesday, April 3rd, from her publisher, Poisoned Pen Press.

It’s autumn of 1881, and Inez Stannert, still the co-owner of Leadville, Colorado’s Silver Queen saloon, is settled in San Francisco with her young ward, Antonia Gizzi. Inez has turned her business talents to managing a music store, hoping to eventually become an equal partner in the enterprise with the store’s owner, a celebrated local violinist.

Inez’s carefully constructed life for herself and Antonia threatens to tumble about her ears when the badly beaten body of a young musician washes up on the filthy banks of San Francisco’s Mission Creek canal. Inez and Antonia become entangled in the mystery of his death when the musician turns out to have ties to Leadville that threaten to expose Inez’s notorious past. And they aren’t the only ones searching for answers. Wolter Roeland de Bruijn, “finder of the lost,” has also been tasked with ferreting out the perpetrators and dispensing justice in its most final form. Leadville’s leading madam Frisco Flo, an unwilling visitor to the city with a Leadville millionaire, is on the hook as well, having injudiciously financed the young musician’s journey to San Francisco in the first place.


About Ann

Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 10.31.25 PMWith degrees in physics and English literature from Berkeley, Ann is a science and technical wordsmith as well as a fiction writer. Ann’s ties to her Silver Rush series setting, Leadville, go back generations to her great-grandfather, who worked at the real-life town as a blacksmith. Ann belongs to seven writing associations and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Learn more at

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May Writing Workshop in Wyoming

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This spring workshop has been brought to our attention at WWW as well, so I thought I’d be sure the members know all about it. It has some amazing guest instructors!

Event: Willow Creek Ranch Writing Workshop

Dates: May 27 – June 2 2018

Location: Willow Creek Ranch, near Casper, WY airport, 68 miles from Kaycee, WY. Ranch will provide transportation! The ranch was the location of the original “Hole-In-The-Wall” outlaw camp featured in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and one of the day-long workshops will be held on the old set area.

Guest Instructor: Craig Johnson, creator of “LONGMIRE” television series and mystery novels

Guest Singer/Songwriter: David Munsick

Perks: 65,000-acre private working ranch, two workshops daily, quite writing time, and personal mentoring

Cost: $1350 – all inclusive (lodging, home-cooked meals, and all transportation to/from the airport) ***$100 off if registered before April 5!!***

For more information, visit

Event Organizers: Janet Hubbard ( and Tina Welling (


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WWW 2018 Conference is Open for Registration!

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Registration is officially open for the 24th annual Women Writing the West Conference.You may register online or submit the registration form through the mail.

Forms are included in the mailing being sent out this month. You’ll also find the form here: March Mailer WWW 2018.

The conference will take place Oct. 25-28 in Walla Walla, Washington at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel located downtown, just one block off Main Street.

To stay up-to-date on plans, details, and fun facts, join the 2018 WWW Conference group on Facebook.

Wishing you all a happy spring and looking forward to seeing you in Walla Walla in October for the conference!

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New Release: BJ ERICKSON: WASP PILOT by WWW Member Sarah Byrn Rickman

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“The right place at the right time” put BJ Erickson and 1,101 other young women pilots in the cockpits of America’s WWII warplanes — just when they were most urgently needed.

Sarah Byrn Rickman’s eighth book about the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, is a biography of BJ Erickson, one of those daring, groundbreaking female pilots. In BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot the story of the WASP ferry pilots unfolds with the drama and intensity of an adventure novel. BJ and her squadron of 30-plus women fly whatever the Army asks them to fly, from fighter aircraft headed for the docks to be shipped to England and the battle-zone to shot-up war wearies headed for the graveyard.

“You need to be telling these WASP stories for the young women,” two WWW friends urged Sarah at the 2016 conference in Santa Fe. Seventeen months later, on March 15, 2018, her first book aimed at the young readers of today will be released. More information at the publisher’s website:

About Sarah

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 4.46.13 PMSince she was five, writing has been Sarah Byrn Rickman’s first love. It led to a 20-plus year career in journalism, but meeting a WWII woman pilot veteran in person in 1992 set the rest of her life in motion. Telling WASP stories was her destiny. Now, eight books later, she has firmly established her reputation as a WASP historian and storyteller. Nancy Love: WASP Pilot, the Y/A biography of the founder and leader of the WASP ferry pilots of WWII, is next in line.

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