The Women

Catherine Browning


Catherine spent thirty-five years teaching Spanish and German to high school students eager to learn (tongue in cheek here). She spent ten more years selling real estate and even more years refinishing and selling antiques. During all that time she wrote her family history starting in the 1700’s in France.

Catherine grew up in the valley in Montana that is home to Flathead Lake with Glacier Park shoring up the northern edge. The legends and history are fascinating. Her first book, The Best Revenge, explores the legend of the Flathead Lake Monster. The book can be found on Amazon. The second novel now under construction deals with the possibly true account of a stolen train payroll said to be buried in the wilderness we now label the Bob Marshal. page: Catherine Browning Books@cbbooks76, or


Leslie Budewitz

View More: writes two national-bestselling light-hearted mystery series, the Spice Shop Mysteries set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries set in fictional Jewel Bay, Montana. Leslie’s first stand-alone suspense novel, BITTERROOT LAKE, will be published in spring, 2021.

THE SOLACE OF BAY LEAVES, the fifth Spice Shop Mystery, will be published in ebook and audio in June 2020 and in paperback in October 2020 (Seventh St. Books and Tantor Audio). Pepper Reece never expected to find her life’s passion in running the Seattle Spice Shop. But when evidence links a friend’s shooting to an unsolved murder, her own regrets surface. Can she uncover the truth and protect those she loves, before the deadly danger boils over?

DEATH AL DENTE, first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, making Leslie the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. Set in a lakeside resort community in NW Montana and featuring Erin Murphy, the manager of Glacier Mercantile, a regional specialty food market, The series proves the old adage: it takes a village to catch a killer!

Leslie also writes short stories. “All God’s Sparrows” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May-June 2018), set in Montana Territory in 1885, won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story, and the sequel, “Miss Starr’s Good-bye” (AHMM, Nov-Dec 2019), was nominated for a 2020 Derringer Award given by the Short Mystery Fiction Society, in the “best long story” category. Visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter for a free download of “Carried to the Grave,” a Food Lovers’ Village short story.

A lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, Leslie is the author of BOOKS, CROOKS AND COUNSELORS: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books), winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. She blogs regularly for writers on how to use the law in their fiction.

Leslie served as 2015-16 president of Sisters in Crime, an international organization of more than 3,500 writers, readers, librarians, booksellers, and publishing pros, formed in 1987 to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers. She now serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America.

Want more? Visit Leslie’s website, on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Kathy Dunnehoff

kathydKathy Dunnehoff is the Amazon Bestselling author of…

Four Romantic Comedies

The Do-Over: a #1 Romantic Comedy with over 100,000 copies downloaded!
Hollywood Beginnings(A Novella)
Plan On It: a #1 Contemporary Romantic Comedy!
Back To U(A Romantic Comedy)

Kathy has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, an encouraging husband, two creative daughters, and the ability to bring writing and life together with insight and humor. Her screenplays have placed in numerous competitions, and she was a recipient of a Zola Award for fiction from the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association.
Kathy lives in Northwest Montana where she is currently working on her next novel, screenplay, cup of tea, or writers’ conference.

For more, visit Kathy’s web page.

Deborah Epperson

epperson Born and raised in the Deep South, Deborah Epperson grew up during the era of the Civil Rights Movement, integration, and Vietnam. After receiving a BS degree in biology and English in Texas, Deborah moved to Atlanta to pursue post graduate studies in chemistry. She enjoys writing stories and characters steeped in the lyrical traditions and mystical surroundings of the Deep South where she grew up.
Deborah lives in Montana with her family and when not working on her next novel, she enjoys doing pet therapy work and volunteering in animal rescue.

See Deborah’s novels:    Shadows of Home, Breaking Twig, on Amazon


M.F. Erler


M.F. (Mary Frances) Erler is a music teacher, outdoor educator, and author of fantasy fiction and non-fiction.  Her teaching career has spanned over 25 years, and she has been writing most of her life.  Her first Christian-based science-fiction book, “The Peaks at the Edge of the World” has been re-written and revised in 2017.  It is now being published by First Steps Publishing.  Contact her at

She has also re-written and revised the sequel to “The Peaks.”  This new book is entitled “Searching for Maia,” and is also available through First Steps Publishing.  Both books are designed to appeal to young adults and all who are young at heart.

Among her many hobbies, Erler especially enjoys music and travel.  She has been to several countries, including China, New Zealand, the British Isles, Scandinavia, Russia, and Western Europe, as well as Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, and 43 of the 50 States.

Facebook page:  M.F. Erler Author Page




Betty Kuffel MD

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Medical school and years of experience in Emergency Medicine after a career in nursing provide a basis for many aspects of Betty’s writing. A willingness to participate in activities with some risk-taking like: sailing, climbing Mt. Rainier, obtaining a pilot’s license, flying a sail plane to 20,000 ft, aerobatic lessons, dog sled racing in Alaska and surviving a plane crash in the snowy mountains of Idaho with her husband and dog, all offer interesting experiences for story lines and characters.

Betty writes before dawn in many genres and watches the sun rise over the Rocky Mountains. Deer wandering through the yard and her dogs keep her company. You’ll find her Lipstick Logic monthly column in Montana Woman magazine with co-author, her sister, Bev Erickson. Visit Betty on: Facebook Author Page, Amazon Author Page


Marie F. Martin

mariemartinMarie F. Martin, author, storyteller and weaver of suspense, spunk and sass in her Historical Fiction, Thrillers, and Mysteries. Together her novels have over 500,000 Kindle downloads and over 700 five-star reviews.

Marie lives in a fertile valley at the base of the Rocky Mountains. She enjoys a quiet life where laughter comes easy, love easier. She invites you to join her on her website and read about her rich, rural memories in a memoir of her early childhood and raising her own family of four children. If you have any questions Marie will be happy to answer them.

Her email address and other social media are listed on her website.

Check out her Amazon page.

Janice McCaffrey Goodison

my kingdomJanice Goodison is a genealogist. She credits her passion for detecting ancestral lines and researching past eras with launching her as an author. Her first of two novels is a fictional biography of James Fitchett, her sixth great grandfather. A blacksmith, James joined the first Scottish colonists in New Jersey as an indentured servant, then went on to become a strong influence on education in Richmond, Staten Island, NY. The second novel is a time travel romp involving Madge, an adventurous senior with a sense of humor, not unlike the author herself.

Janice reared five children, part of that time as a single parent. She calls those years both the best and worst of her life. When her fledglings flew the nest she enrolled in the University of Utah where she earned two degrees a BA in Communication then a Master of Social Work. Since retiring, she’s engaged in other passions: international travel and helping others accomplish writing goals through History Buff Press. She offers individualized assistance through the publishing process: Story development consultation, proofreading, copy editing, line editing, formatting to meet publishers’ requirements, and for self-publishers uploading cover and manuscript to Kindle Direct Publishing.

Janice lives and writes just outside Glacier National Park in Northwest Montana.

Footprints in History link


Lise McClendon

Lise ProfileLise McClendon is the author of seven books in the Bennett Sisters mystery series. The series begins with Blackbird Fly; the latest is Blame it on Paris. She wrote two mystery series, the Alix Thorssen and Dorie Lennox mysteries set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and World War II-era Kansas City (The Bluejay Shaman; One O’clock Jump). She also writes stand-alones as Rory Tate. Jump Cut is a romantic thriller set in Seattle; PLAN X is a Shakespearean thriller featuring a Montana policewoman

Her short story, Forked Tongue, is featured in the 2017 anthology, The Obama Inheritance, edited by Gary Phillips. In 2015 she released (as Thalia Filbert) the darkly comic culinary thriller she wrote with four other well-seasoned crime writers, Beat Slay Love: One Chef’s Hunger for Delicious Revenge.

Traditionally published for many years, Lise now runs a small press with her fellow author, Katy Munger: Thalia Press. A former national board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives in wilds of Montana near Yellowstone National Park and online at

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Ann Minnett

Ann Minnett MWW photoAnn Minnett grew up in Denver and considered the Rocky Mountains as home. However, she spent the following decades in Dallas working as a Developmental Psychologist and Program Evaluator for social service agencies. She conducted research in child and family development and was affiliated with The University of Texas–Dallas, as researcher, lecturer and Adjunct Associate Professor. In that time Ann collaborated on one self-help book and published research reports in the fields of Education, Psychology, and Program Evaluation. Meanwhile, she quietly wrote stories for pleasure and self-expression.

Ann is a mother of two, grandmother to two, and now lives with her husband in the Salish Mountains of NW Montana with views of the Whitefish and Swan Ranges—not to mention distant peaks of Glacier National Park—out her back door. She’s set aside her research career to incorporate what she learned into her fiction. Ann published her first novel, Burden of Breath, in 2013 and a second, Serita’s Shelf Life, in 2014. She’s currently working on a third set in Montana.

Find out more about Ann and her books on her official website.

Visit her blog!

Or like her on Facebook.

P.A. Moore

pamooreA Navy brat, P.A. Moore (the author’s pen name) spent her early years traveling from one military post to the next before her family settled in Colorado. At 27, P.A. married her husband, a young prosecutor in the San Francisco Bay Area, who inspired her to enter U.C. Hastings law school when their daughter turned three. In the middle of her second year, P.A. gave birth to their son. After she passed the California bar exam, P.A. started her own career as a deputy district attorney, trying over 90 jury trials to verdict, mostly felonies, involving every conceivable crime against humanity. Still, spending 60 hours a week in the bowels of the criminal justice system while parenting two young children eventually took its toll. P.A. and Jack packed up the kids, sold their house, quit their jobs, and moved to Montana, where they knew no one. They opened a mom-and-pop law firm in the little town of Whitefish, then switched sides of the courtroom – from putting the ‘bad guys’ in jail to getting them out. In their new law practice, the couple rocked the boat down at the local courthouse, irritating the good old boy network in the process, but leveling the playing field, at least a bit.

Find out more about Ms. Moore on facebook.

Rose Ottosen

img_0249.edRose Ottosen, a Montana native, is a perpetual student of the aspirations, motivations and struggles of the human heart.  Her writing weaves together personal observations gained through her life experiences as a decades-long teacher and volunteer chaplain. By threading bits of wit and wisdom alongside timeless principles, she creates verbal portraits that offer vistas of hope and courage to the human spirit.

Rose holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a M.A. in Biblical Studies and is a certified English teacher, professional editor, adjunct professor and volunteer chaplain. She enjoys substitute teaching at a local country school and spends her spare time, in part, writing inspirational literature. Currently, she is drafting her first novel about a tenacious young widow, who is determined to survive and to make a lasting contribution in the turbulent mining town of Butte, Montana, during the late 1800’s.

She has been married to her husband, Don, for 50 years. The couple lives year-round in their handcrafted, Victorian-style home near Flathead Lake.


Karen Wills


Karen Wills lives with her husband Jerry a few miles from her beloved Glacier National Park in Northwest Montana. She spends her time writing, reading, hiking, and visiting with family and friends. She is also an active volunteer for social justice.

Karen has practiced law, representing plaintiffs in civil rights and other cases. She also taught English and writing on college and secondary public school levels, including on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, and in the Inupiaq Eskimo village of Wales, Alaska. She’s encountered bears, both grizzly and polar, and still believes passionately in the value of wild creatures and country.

Karen is the author of two young adult books and wrote the bio section of a book on Lord Byron. She self-published her first novel Remarkable Silence, an archaeological thriller inspired by the need for religious tolerance, now more than ever before. She became a hybrid author when Five Star Publishing published her second novel River with No Bridge.  It reflects her admiration for those immigrants who defied poverty and prejudice and settled in the wilderness near what is now Glacier National Park.

Her third novel All Too Human will be published by Five Star Publishing and is scheduled for release in 2019. It’s a time-woven story involving two women, one who arrived in Montana’s frontier just after the Civil War, and another who became the first to practice law in Kalispell, Montana, in 1905. The attorney’s life will be altered by the discovery of diaries written by the earlier woman as her life took dark and unexpected turns.

Karen’s current project, working title Garden in the Sky, focuses on another strong frontier woman and will be the second in the series begun with River with No Bridge.

Author Amazon page

Christine Schimpff-Carbo

christineschimffChristine has an MA in English from the University of Montana and has honed her word-smith ability over 20 years. She taught writing, linguistics and literature courses at the college level for over a decade, and has worked as a professional technical writer for various companies. She is currently teaching in a different realm as the owner of a Pilates studio. When she’s not teaching, she’s writing and plotting her next psychological mystery or enjoying the Montana wilderness and life-style.

Marlett Bess


Marlette Bess was born and raised on the sunny southern California coast. By her early twenties she found herself alone with no family and fulfilled a lifelong desire for adventure and travel.

Her impetuous naïveté and shoe string budget lead her to Israel where she worked long hard hours on a kibbutz to save cash for further travel. On her own she ventured on to Europe, no longer innocent about the ways of the world.

With her travel mate/future husband the next big journey was to Africa. They crossed the Sahara Desert to West Africa from Nigeria to Senegal in the drought of 1973.

While others were celebrating the 1976 bicentennial, they were on a bus loaded with people, parcels and pigs, traveling through Central America.

Marlette has lived in California, Oregon and Montana. Her travels have taken her to any parts of the world: Thailand, Turkey, India, Burma, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, and much of Europe. Through her many world travels, she has developed a renewed interest in the beauty and mystery of  North America.

She writes Contemporary Fiction with a focus on relationships.

Gail Ranstrom


Gail made her first sale in 2001.  Her current releases number ten historical novels and three anthologies.  Another historical novel is scheduled for release in September, 2013.  Her novels have been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Chechen, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Manga and English.  Yes, English.

Gail is not allowed to discuss her early life due to the conditions imposed by the Witness Protection Program, and if anyone mentions Bubbles LaRue, she will deny that she does now or has ever owned two feather fans and a bubble machine.  Lest you think she is paranoid, she has, in fact, been attacked by chimpanzees in Montana, accosted by a naked man in a ladies room, found rattlesnakes coiled outside her office door, dodged a swat team and survived a major earthquake in California, ducked Bonnie, Charlie, Francis, Ivan and Katrina in Northeast Florida, and has finally found rural peace in Northwest Montana, where the worst she has had to face are blizzards, forest fires, marauding grizzlies and tourists.

Gail enjoys hearing from readers, and you can visit her at, reach her at or connect with her at or

Patti Dean

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Living in the most beautiful part of the country, North West Montana with her rescue dog,  every day at the crack of dawn, Patti studies, researches the provenance of the law, writes and learns newness. She keeps spiritually fit by engaging in service work. Her passions include reading, design, law and the depths of our connectedness to all living things.

Spending most of her childhood in sunny California – her father an inventor, her mother an artist, and with the enrichment of older brothers, there was a great deal of freedom growing up.

As a child Patti remembers taking trips constantly with kids, dogs and new red convertibles along with ice cream fights in those convertibles.

Learning early that your power in life lies in the choosing, she made the choice to continue traveling, learning about the world and how to live life on life’s terms while having fun at the same time. Her jobs took her to places she never even heard of before and left her wondering if she would ever return…She spent more on suitcases and shoes than most people spend on houses.

Patti is subject to a daughter and a grandson whom force her to forge paths into regions where she dares to go – to try to illuminate experiences that are somehow familiar to us yet may remain just beyond the reach of expression.

Brand new to the publishing world and almost finished with her first novel, a thriller, the book came about by enjoying the fellowship of Montana Women Writers and Authors of the Flathead, for which Patti is eternally grateful.

Anne B. Howard

palmquistAnne grew up in the same small Kansas town where she and her husband were born. At the age of forty she packed up the family’s belongings, auctioned what wouldn’t be needed in the move, and with more pioneer courage than common sense, realized her life-long dream—a home in the mountains of northwest Montana. “It wasn’t always easy, sometimes downright terrifying, but we knew from the start we were meant to be here.”

Memoirist and Narrative Nonfiction writer, Anne B. Howard,  is a retired twenty five year veteran Psychiatric and Mental Health RNC. She is an avid advocate for abused children, an autism spectrum activist, a cancer survivor, a paranormal witness and most recently, Montana Supreme Court appellant in a disturbing case involving an abused boy with Asperger Syndrome unfairly sentenced to adult prison. Writing what she knows, Anne translates her long lifetime of extraordinary experiences into vivid, memorable nonfiction prose. A member of the National Association of Memoir Writers, she echoes the battle cry: “Be Brave—Write Your Story.”

Araphel Grace-In the Presence of Evil, her first full length Memoir, will be out sometime in 2014, followed by When the Bough Breaks, Our Failure to Protect,a work of narrative nonfiction depicting the tragic failures of mental health, social and legal services to protect an abused child with autism.

Ina Albert


Ina Albert’s newest book, Granny Greeny Says Listen Louder is an intergenerational picture book for children of all ages. She is co-author of Write Yourself Well: Journal Yourself to Health (Mountain Greenery Press, 2003) a journal/workbook written for people suffering from illness and stress based on research demonstrating the health benefits of expressive writing.  As a healthcare public relations professional, trainer, workshop facilitator and consultant, Ina has written numerous articles for healthcare publications during her 40-year career.  She has been interviewed by print and radio media, including NPR stations in Chicago and Missoula, MT. Her work is included in The Art of Grief (Routledge Press) and her short stories for children and adults have appeared in various print and Internet publications including Chicago Parent Magazine, Beliefnet, Second Journey and Conscious Choice.  She also has a chapter in Disquiet Time, an anthology edited by Cathleen Falsani and Jennifer Grant.Ina also writes a monthly Age-ing to Sage-ing® column for Montana Woman Magazine.

Today, she lives and writes in Whitefish, Montana with her husband, Rabbi Allen Secher, where she is a Certified Age-ing to Sage-ing Seminar Leader for the Sage-ing International, a Life Transitions coach and an adjunct instructor at Flathead Valley Community College.

Her most recent presentation at the Sage-ing International Conference in October, 2012 entitled Listen Louder: Communication As An Energetic Connection, traces the history of the theory of an energetic universe and the role energy plays in human communication and relationship.

Ina is a founder of the Flathead Valley Multi-Faith Coalition and a founder and co-chair of Love Lives Here, an affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network, organizations that support open, caring and inclusive community action in the Flathead Valley of Montana.  She also serves on the board of Share Your Voice Foundation, Org., an organization dedicated to helping at-risk teens find their voice through theatrical and life coaching experiences.

Ina can be contacted by email at, by phone at (406) 249-4642 or at

Nan McKenzie

Nan McKenzie is spinning new romantic adventures, one of which is self-published on Amazon as Twin Jeopardy by Nancy McKenzie, an erotic romance.  She is a real estate broker/teacher who also works on home renovations. She lives in Northwest Montana and has a few Bigfoot stories of her own to tell.  She can be reached at or 406-892-0055, 20 Darlene Road, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Maggie Plummer

Maggie PlummerMaggie Plummer is a writer who works from her home in Polson, Montana.

Along the lengthy, winding trail to becoming a novelist, she has worked as a journalist, book publicist, book editor, census enumerator, school bus driver, field interviewer, waitress, post office clerk, fish processor, library clerk, retail salesperson, Good Humor girl, fishing boat first mate, race horse hot walker, apple picker, and bus girl.

Maggie is the author of Spirited Away: A Novel of the Stolen Irish (2012, CreateSpace Independent Publishing) and its much-awaited sequel, Daring Passage: Book 2 of the Spirited Away Saga (2014, CreateSpace Independent Publishing). She is also the author of Passing it on: Voices of the Flathead Indian Reservation (2008, Salish Kootenai College Press, Pablo, Montana). She is currently tackling a new work of fiction.

 Maggie can be found on Amazon here, on Weebly, and the Facebook page of Spirited Away.

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