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Program topics are suitable for adults or kids. Length varies according to your needs.

Topics for classrooms include: Writing, Longhorns & Texas Cowboys, or American Energy. I have really cool props for the Longhorn presentation; chaps, coffee pot, spurs, bridle, cowhide, branding iron. It’s a fun hands-on program. Every Wednesday throughout the school year I will be visiting classrooms as a Learning Partner with Window On A Wider World.

July 26-27, 2024: Upcoming in July of next year, I am so excited to be participating in the Texas AuthorCon in Richardson, Texas. Free Admission. Over 50 authors. It’s going to be an awesome event at the Hilton Richardson-Dallas.

December 6, Bivins Elementary. Write Stuff all day with 5th graders! I have really enjoyed visiting this school as a Learning Partner with Window on a Wider World.

November 4-5: Literacy Lubbock. Lubbock Book Festival will be held at the Cotton Court Hotel. I will be autographing books. Come out and meet the authors!

November 1st: Write Stuff at Panhandle Elementary. 3rd graders are so much fun!

October 13-14: Women Writing the West Virtual Conference. I will be moderating a panel about “Writing Believable Native American Characters” with inspirational author Carmen Peone and Choctaw author Elisabeth Sawyer Brown. For more information about how to join Women Writing the West and to register for the conference, click here. This is a group of super talented and very supportive women who love history and love the American West. 2023 conference is virtual, and in 2024 live and in-person conference will be held in Denver, Colorado.

October 2-13, Fall Cow Working. Check out my Instagram for pics! Click here. Instagram @natsgrams

September 21, Thursday: Interview with Bobbi Jean Bell and Jim Bell. Rendezvous With A Writer – Where Readers and Writers Meet. The show broadcasts live, each Thursday from 7:00-7:50pm (MT). I’ll be joining my co-author Denise F. McAllister to talk with Bobbi Jean and Jim about our Wild Cow Ranch Series with CKN/Wolfpack Publishing.

September 15th-16th, Prairie Palooza! 100th Anniversary of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. I’ll be autographing KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN” at the Gallery & Visitor’s Center. Friday – Noon to Close and Saturday – 9am to close. FREE admission to the park. Authentic chuck wagon meal, vendors, and lots of fun. Click here for more information. Register for the 5K Run or purchase a ticket for the chuck wagon meal: click here. Admission to the park is FREE on Saturday.

June 20 – 25: Western Writers of America, Rapid City, South Dakota. I will be on a panel with several award winning authors, Denise F. McAllister, Micki Milom, Paul Bishop, Johnny Boggs, and Richard Prosch to talk about co-authoring. At a membership of around 900, WWA members include novelists, songwriters, playwriters, screenwriters, poets, musicians, historians — highly creative people who love the American West. Click HERE for more information and qualifications for membership.

June 5-9, Sanford Ranch Branding! Follow my social media accounts for pics and videos of this year’s cattle branding.

Casey and Moon. We raise all-natural Red and Black Angus beef.

June 1-3, Amarillo Coors Cowboy Club Chuck Wagon Cookoff

Friday, May 19, 11:30 to 2:00, Reeves-Hinger Elementary, Texas Celebration! Yee-haw! I’m talking about cowboys and FLASH, the horse that inspired several of my books.

Flash, Christie and me.

Saturday, May 17, Region 16, Window on a Wider World Programs Review

April 6th: Bushland Elementary, “Longhorns & Cattle Drives” I will be in Bushland all day, and I’m bringing lots of hands-on cowboy related treasures to see and touch.

March 29: Clarendon Elementary 1st Graders, “Texas Longhorns”

March 29: Clarendon Elementary 4th Graders, “Write Stuff

Clarendon Elementary, talking about cowboys food and Longhorns, and looking at reins, bridle, hat, rope, branding iron, giant coffee pots, and cowhides.
A Window on a Wider World member school!

March 25, Saturday: Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Book Event and Chuck Wagon Gathering. Authentic chuck wagon food, music, and much more! I will be autographing copies of my cookbook, KEEP ‘EM FULL. Website Click Here Super Fun Event!

March 22: Dalhart Intermediate, “Write Stuff

Thursday, March 9, 6:00 PM Central: LIVE Webinar for Writers & Historians with Sarah Sawyer, Choctaw author and storyteller.

March 8: Hamlet Elementary, “Write Stuff

Tuesday, March 7th — Amarillo Desk and Derrick turns 72 this month! I’ll be talking about the organization of our local energy education club and Wes Reeves will join us to talk about the history of downtown Amarillo architecture.

March 3-4: “Cowboy Days” at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico. For details, click HERE. On Friday, kids will rotate through several learning stations. On Saturday, enjoy a parade of cattle breeds, working dog demos, live music, food and crafts vendors. I’ll be autographing books both days and at 2:00 PM Friday and Saturday participating on a panel with several other Western Writer’s of America members. Stop by and say hey!

February 22: McLean Elementary, “Write Stuff”

February 15: Panhandle Elementary, “Write Stuff”

February 3, Friday Noon: GeoWives Luncheon, Oklahoma City. KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’

January 25: Bushland Elementary, “Texas Longhorns”

January 11: Nazareth Elementary, “Texas Longhorns”

In November 2022, the Texas High Plains Writers group awarded me with a Lifetime Membership Award! Total shock and I’m still at a loss for words to say how much I have appreciated this group over the years. Other writers will keep you inspired and on task.

We celebrated in Roaring 20s Style the 100th Birthday of Panhandle Pen Women / now Texas High Plains Writers. This group has been encouraging writers of all genres and meeting together since 1920! We celebrated 100 +2 in downtown Amarillo at The Barfield in the basement speakeasy Paramount Club.

We’ve been meeting and talking writing for 100 years, plus two! Texas High Plains Writers

If you live in the Texas Panhandle area, Texas High Plains Writers meets every other month in Amarillo. Join their Facebook group. Here’s the link to their website.

I am also a member of Caprock Writers and Illustrators Alliance which meets monthly in Lubbock. Here’s the link to their website.

Exciting NEWS: My cookbook won Gold!

2022 Will Rogers Medallion Award

Don and Shirley Creacy with the Wild Cow Ranch Chuck Wagon Cooking Team helped me so much on KEEP ‘EM FULL. Not only sharing recipes, but cooking knowledge and fact checking the book manuscript. I was thrilled to have them standing next to me at the WRMA Awards Ceremony in Fort Worth!

What a fun weekend! In October, the Award Ceremony and Banquet, was held at Cooper’s BBQ, Fort Worth Stockyards. KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’: The Great American Chuck Wagon Cookbook, has been recognized as a finalist for 2022 and received a first place Gold Medallion!

2022 Recipients of the Will Rogers Medallion Awards for excellent in Western literature.
A few members of Women Writing the West attended the Western Writers of America conference in Montana this past June. Back row, l to r, Cynthia Leal Massey, Randi Samuelson-Brown, Carmen Peone, Beverly Hodgins. Front row, me with Jane Little Botkin. Getting a chance to hang around these award winning, brilliant authors is my favorite thing! I look forward to seeing them again in Oklahoma City.


Western Writers of America members Jeff Bloome, Jane Little Botkin, Randi Samuelson-Brown, joined me in Pueblo, Colorado to sign books and meet readers. Had time to explore a few junk stores and we had the most amazing meal at DC’s on B Street.

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The above photo was a Power point for 700 on finding story ideas and fiction vs. nonfiction. Wonderful group with lots of great questions!

Flash and Christy are #1!

Congrats to Flash, your favorite rescue horse, and his owner/trainer Christy Shippy, who took a 1st place win in the horse parade at the Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas!

FLASH is the inspiration behind several of my books. 

Flash & Christie in the Cowboy Symposium parade.

Visiting Author Week at a Canyon ISD Elementary School (2019) and how fitting. It was John Erickson who told me to never give up at a THPW conference in Amarillo. He is such an inspiration for so many authors in this area.