A Cowgirl Remembers…

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The Cascade Mountain Range divides Washington almost in half north to south. In Eastern Washington, on the east side of the mountains, the temperatures traditionally run warmer than over here on the west side of the range. Many differences exist between the two sides of the state. One of the most interesting to me is the number of ranches and the cowboys and cowgirls that run those ranches.

Through social networking, I met Dawn Nelson, one of those cowgirls, who is also an award-winning author. I’m giving away one of her books, “A Cowgirl Remembers When…” tomorrow. To be eligible to win, please follow the instructions at the end of this blog post. Now let’s hear from Dawn.

Where have you lived in Washington State?

Dawn:  I grew up in the small town of Danville, Washington with a population of well under 100. Now I live in Creston with 200 other people. It’s about an hour from Spokane. I love small towns!

What was your first experience with writing?

Dawn:  I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and started writing letters to my daughter when she was born in 2005. I was worried that she would never get to know who her mother was. So I sat down and wrote the short stories of my life, which turned out to be my first book, “A Cowgirl Remembers When.” After writing that book, I realized that writing was something I could do while I was healing from my surgeries, so I kept on writing. After several years of surgeries, I’m almost back to normal.

Not only did Dawn write this book, she's also the cover model.

How many published books do you have to your credit now?

Dawn:  Since 2009, I’ve had five books published. I have a sixth at my editor’s now and thirty-six more at home in different stages of completion.

Do you have a western theme in your books because that’s what you know the best?

Dawn:  Besides being what I know the best, it is also what I enjoy the most. I am trying to branch out into other genres, but western-themed books are my comfort zone.

What is life on your ranch like?

Dawn:  It is full of adventure and inspiration for me. As I answer these questions, a cow is giving birth about 15 feet behind me in a calving pen. This time of year is when I can get most of my writing done. Calving season gives me lots of hours sitting here in the vet room waiting on a first calf heifer to calve. The rest of the year, I have to make time to write.

To win “A Cowgirl Remembers When,” which received the Academy of Western Artists’ 2010 Buck Ramsey Book of the Year award; please make a comment on this blog post by midnight, Friday, March 11, 2011. Be sure to include your e-mail address in the comments so that I can get in touch with you.   Thank you.


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7 Responses to A Cowgirl Remembers…

  1. Wow, 36 books in the works? Impressive! I finished one in my life and I don’t know if there will ever be another! :) Good luck!

  2. Enjoyed the interview. I would love to win a”A Cowgirl Remembers.” Years ago I was involved with ranching in Idaho. My brother had a ranch for many years near Indian Valley, Idaho. I love the West.

  3. Thank you for picking my name for winning the book “A Cowgirl Remembers.” I am excited.

    • Heather says:

      It was mailed yesterday, Mary. Enjoy.

    • Oto says:

      Seriously Lorelei, you just had to tease us just a little more. So NOT fair! Yes, I’m ptuiong. I never gave much thought to that branch of the McKay clan but you can bet I’m thinking about them now. I can’t wait until next week! Any idea if it will be up on Amazon pre-order this week?

  4. Sally-Singer-Siegel says:

    Great start here Honey, but I was looking for far far more. This is just the very tip of the iceberg for who and what you really really are in your young action-packed life. So sorry, I am very disappointed, you have not been given full justice here at all! I know, I am just prejudice!

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