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Christine Echeverria Bender


Fascinated by the intrigues of history, Christine carefully researches the past before sharing its bounty through powerful, vivid historical novels. Her writing has received awards and enthusiastic critical reviews, and her novels have become recommended reading by state Departments of Education.  Christine has spoken to audiences about her writing and research at many venues, including  appearances  in California, Texas, Idaho, and Nevada.  Honored as a "Distinguished Alumni" by Boise State University, she has also participated in the writer's studio program at Stanford University.


Rod Beemer


Rod Beemer is a freelance writer whose work includes several books, magazine and newspaper articles, plus anthologies. Born and reared on a livestock and grain farm near Abilene, Kansas, he has spent more than six decades enjoying, and enduring Mother Nature on the prairies and plains. Rod and his wife Dawn have been married for thirty-eight years and have three sons and one granddaughter. They make their home in Bennington, Kansas.


Doug Copsey


Creativity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. For more than thirty years Doug Copsey Productions has brought its own, unique brand of innovation and insight to film, television, theater, and radio productions for satisfied clients worldwide.
Whether producing as head of a full service production company or free-lancing solo as a director, writer, actor and voiceover artist, experience has bred talent, skill, and a passion for perfection.


Diane Goeres-Gardner


Diane L. Goeres-Gardner became interested in Oregon history as a young girl listening to her family’s stories of homesteading in Tillamook County. After a career in education and raising two daughters, she started researching her first book in 2001. Since that time she’s visited hundreds of Oregon communities as an author and as a Chautauqua speaker sponsored by the Oregon Council for Humanities. She especially enjoys telling the stories of ordinary men and women caught up in the extraordinary events of Oregon history.


Bill Gulick


Bill Gulick’s writing career, spanning more than six decades, is truly remarkable. He has written twenty-seven novels, eight non-fiction books and several plays. He was a regular contributer to The Saturday Evening Post and other national magazines. His stories have become major motion pictures starring screen legends Burt Lancaster and Jimmy Stewart. A list of his literary friends reads like a Who's who of western writing. Gulick is considered one of the foremost authorities on Pacific Northwest history. In Sixty-Four Years as a Writer, he details the journey from his Depression era Oklahoma roots to his position as one of the nation's premier Western authors.


Lynna Howard


Lynna Howard, a.k.a. "PrueHeart the Wanderer," is an adventure travel writer, poet, publicist, webmaster and technical writer. During the winter months, she focuses on website development, technical writing and publicity campaigns. In the summer months, she leaves the high-tech world behind to spend most of her time on the trails and rivers of Idaho, Utah, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming. Lynna is  a member of Women Writing the West, Idaho Trails Council, and Idaho Alpine Club; and a founding member of Great Rift Writers.


Mark Lisk


Mark has long roamed the deserts, mountains and river canyons of the American West by foot. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts, Mark climbs from the sea to high ridges and plains, gathering within his camera worlds of color and expanse that few ever see or capture in any form.


Gregory & Susan Michno


Gregory and Susan Michno are Michigan natives. Greg attended Michigan State University and did post-graduate work at the University of Northern Colorado. An award-winning author, he has written two dozen articles and several books dealing with World War II and the American West. Susan also graduated from Michigan State and has researched Western History with Greg for many years. She recently published articles on Abbie Garner and the Spirit Lake Massacre and the captivity of the Box Family of Texas. Greg and Sue currently live in Longmont, Colorado, and are working on other books. A Fate Worse Than Death is their first joint venture.
Other books by Gregory available on Amazon.


Nancy M. Peterson


Nancy Mayborn Peterson grew up in western Nebraska on the North Platte River and Oregon Trail. Moving to the Denver area in 1975 with its wealth of research materials intensified Nancy's interest in western history and she found herself drawn to material about Native American people and their cultures. Nancy lives in Centennial, Colorado.


Thomas D. Phillips


A native Nebraskan, Tom Phillips developed an early fascination for the state's history while growing up on a farm near Lincoln. Soon after graduating from high school, he began a thirty-six year military career, rising from enlisted recruit to colonel. After retiring from the military, Tom worked as an administrator at the University of Nebraska and as a freelance writer. Tom and his wife Nita currently live in Lincoln, Nebraska where he writes about military and American history and baseball.


Bruce Ramsey


Bruce Ramsey writes editorials and an editorial column for the Seattle Times and is a freelance contributor to the libertarian magazine Liberty. He has edited three collections of Garet Garrett’s essays for Caxton Press: Salvos Against the New Deal (2002), Defend America First (2003) and Insatiable Government (2008), and also wrote an introduction to Garrett’s Ex America: The 50th Anniversary of The People’s Pottage (2004). He lives in Seattle with his wife and son.


Dale Smith


Dale I. Smith grew up in Caldwell and spent a lot of time camping, fishing and hunting in the Idaho mountains and learned the importance of good food on those occasions. After spending some time in the Navy, Dale returned to Caldwell and started his baking career. In 1959 he married Alice Witzig and they have two sons, Bryan and Steven. In 1966 and 1967, Dale worked for a food service organization in South Vietnam, baking and cooking for the Air Force. After returning to the states, Dale owned and operated a bakery in northern California until the family returned to Idaho. For the next twelve years he was president and business agent for the local Bakery and Confectionery Workers Union. He retired in 1990 to enjoy the Idaho outdoors and to perfect his dutch oven cooking techniques.


Stephen Stuebner


Stephen Stuebner is a Boise, Idaho-based free-lance writer and author. He has written articles for The New York Times, Outside, Mature Outlook, National Wildlife, Horizon Air Magazine and High Country News. He has received many awards, including the 1999 Governor's Take Pride in Idaho award for outstanding contributions toward promoting recreation and tourism in the state; and the Summit Award, the highest honor given by the Idaho Trails Council. He has also been honored by the National Wildlife Federation, Izaak Walton League, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department and the Idaho Wildlife Federation. He is a past president of the Idaho Trails Council and the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association.


Linda Wommack


Linda Wommack is a Colorado native who has enjoyed Colorado history since childhood. She is a distant relative of Bob Wommack, the man who discovered gold at Cripple Creek. Linda has published several books dealing with the history of the state, and her articles have appeared in various Western magazines and publications, including True West Magazine.