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Janet Muirhead Hill

Norris, MT
Janet Muirhead Hill grew up on a cattle ranch where she fell in love with horses and the great outdoors. She spent every hour possible riding horses and sharing adventures with her older brother. When she had to be indoors, she loved the stories her older sister told and the books she read. The love of children seemed to come naturally as she helped care for younger twin sisters and a younger brother. These favorite things have made their way into books for children and young adults. The author of a dozen published novels, Janet is best known for her Miranda and Starlight series about a lonely girl and a young black stallion.

Hill writes mostly, but not exclusively, for children in upper elementary through junior high school, exploring contemporary issues through fictional characters. She also has written novels and short stories from an adult perspective and will publish her first picture book for young children this spring. She conducts fiction “Writing True Fiction” workshops from time to time.

She lives with her husband in rural Montana. When she’s not entertaining grandchildren, she divides her time between, writing, editing, and publishing as CEO of a small press. (www.ravenpublishing.net)
Books by Janet Muirhead Hill

Joan Bochmann

11/21/1934 - 9/23/2013,
November 21, 1934 to September 23, 1913

Joan Bochmann was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and grew up in the country, attending a one-room school-house for most of her elementary school years. Horses were always a big part of her life, and she was blessed with a father who patiently taught her to ride and to love these noble creatures. Her mother nurtured her other passion - the love for books and took the time to see that Joan had access to the library and any other source she could find. Joan grew up in a world of reality (horses, hard work and some hard times) and a world of the imagination - from sharing Heidi's mountaintop in Switzerland; solving mysteries with Nancy Drew; exploring Bambi's forest to rafting down the Mississippi with Huck Finn.

She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class, but her college education was delayed when she married, had children and moved to Boulder, Colorado. While pursuing an education and a career as a paralegal, she attended the University of Colorado at night, taking every writing course she could. Many of her summer vacations consisted of packing up her two kids, a typewriter, and renting a cabin at a small resort in the Colorado mountains. While the kids enjoyed the amenities of the resort, she typed out stories.

She loved animals, especially her two Arabian horses and Sheltie dogs In addition to writing, her hobbies were camping with her family, managing a church bookstore, riding and reading.

She battled cancer for several years before dying short of her 79th birthday, leaving behind many short stories and articles and the beginnings of two, possibly three, more novels.

As per an agreement between Joan and her sister, Janet Muirhead Hill, who believes that Joan's talent should be shared with the world, one of those novels has been completed and is in the revision process.

Joan's great talent for fiction writing shines in her novel, Absaroka, winner of the prestigious IPPY award in 2006.
Books by Joan Bochmann

Jim Moore

Bozeman, MT
Raised in central Montana near the small town of Two Dot, Jim came from a home that encouraged reading. He has spent his life as a cattle rancher and a lawyer. Upon retiring, he began writing books and short stories. With five books published and more written, he now lives quietly with his wife, Kay on a farm near Bozeman where he continues to write legal murder mysteries.
Books by Jim Moore

Marcia Melton

Tempe, AZ
Marcia Melton is a librarian and former teacher of children’s literature, born in Butte, Montana. She grew up in Dillon, attended high school in Billings, and graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula. Her Montana family roots, which echo back to the 1880s, sink deeply in the rich soil of historical Montana from Butte, Dillon, Philipsburg and surrounding areas to Fort Benton, the Big Sandy, Warrick, and the Bears Paw Mountains.

For Marcia, as for many Montanans, the wider world beckoned. She attended the University of Arizona to obtain a Master’s degree in Library Science, and the University College of Wales (Great Britain) for an M.A. in English. As a teacher-librarian, she has worked with students of all ages from Head Start on up. Her college teaching career included work at Mesa Community College of Arizona, Montana State University, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

She has published work in School Library Journal, Community and Junior College Libraries, and The Bulletin of the United States Board of Books for Young People. She has written Monographs for the Maricopa Community Colleges Kaleidoscope Project, the Arizona Humanities Council, and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Currently, a chance to spend increasing time at her family’s cabin along the Gallatin River has led Marcia home and renewed her interests in children’s literature and Montana history. Her writing includes “E.B. White’s Montana and The Trumpet of the Swan” in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Spring, 2012. Her first middle-grade historical novel, The Boarding House, was published by Raven Publishing, Inc. 2012. Her second, Joe Henry's Journal, a children's fiction, set in 1862 in the gold fields of Montana was published in 2014

Marcia is a lifelong lover of books, libraries, and bookstores. She is a mother and grandmother who enjoys the outdoors, canoeing, hiking, and cross country skiing, gathering with friends and family, and “now, at last, as many Montana road trips as possible.” She lives in Arizona and Montana.

She writes, “As a child, books and libraries were magical places for me. In the best of times, they held adventures and friends, and in the hardest of times, they held solace. I hope that my writing for young readers might give them windows of courage, adventure, thoughtfulness and friendship – so needed in our world.”
Books by Marcia Melton

Florence Ore

05/26/1927 - 10/17/2014,
Florence Bell, born in British Columbia, Canada, moved with her parents to the windswept prairies of Alberta at age five. There they joined her Uncle Jack and his family and her maternal grandmother at Old Sun residential school on the Blackfool Reserve. The Missionary Society of England administered this school for the Siksika tribe, and Florence's Uncle Jack, and Anglican minister was the principal. Exposed to three very different cultures, Florence had to mold her own identity, choosing what fit her from each. The British manners, morals, and customs of her grandmother were carried on in the home. Florence worshiped with the Indian children and staff at the regular chapel and church services, and she walked the road to the town of Gleichen to go to school with Canadian children. Canadians had not yet gained their independence, but had developed their own customs and accents.

The dust bowl and the Great Depression, as well as World War II influenced Florence's emerging self. She studied at St. Hilda's School for Girls and Mount Royal College in Calgary. When her uncle Jack had taught her to shoot prairie dogs on Old Sun's farm, she learned that she not only liked target shooting, but had the eye and concentration to be very good at it. As a young woman, she joined a rifle club. At a national competition she met an American, Wesley Ore, later married him and moved across the border into Montana. They moved their growing family to Pony, MT. There, in the shadow of the Tobacco Root mountains, she enjoyed reading, writing, and family. She hosted a writers' group, served as editor for Raven Publishing for many years, and wrote her memoir, The Road Between. In it, she relates her many adventures as she sought to find her own identity among the three cultures that surrounded her.
Books by Florence Ore

Jan Young

Winnemucca, NV
Author Jan Young received a BA in Behavioral Science from Pacific University in Fresno, CA before going on to study writing with the Institute of Children’s Literature. Experience and knowledge for her books came in part by living with her husband and two sons in the ranching community in Humboldt County, Nevada for many years. She has many publishing credits for both fiction and nonfiction articles and short stories. Besides two middle-grade novels, she has published comprehensive curriculum units, aligned with Common Core Standards, for each book.
Books by Jan Young

Jan Walker

Gig Harbor, WA
Jan Walker taught parenting and family relationships classes to adult felons for eighteen years, and used her background and success with incarcerated dads to create a middle-grade novel, An Inmate's Daughter. The book gives readers a realistic look at what children experience when a parent is in prison. It shows what inmate parents can accomplish when they choose to spend their time inside prison learning about themselves and their children.

Jan is the author of Parenting From a Distance, Your Rights and Responsibilities, in use with incarcerated parents since 1987 and reissued in December 2005. Another of her books, Dancing to the Concertina’s Tune: A prison teacher’s memoir, offers readers an honest look at the rhythms of living and working inside both female and male prisons. Through Jan’s eyes, readers see her students as human beings struggling to survive behind bars. Another young adult novel featuring a teenage boy with an incarcerated mother titled, Romar Jones takes a Hike, and other book have been published at Plicata Press. Jan lives in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Books by Jan Walker

Juliana Hutchings

Landenberg, PA
Author Juliana Hutchings has had horses all her life, and her wonderful experiences as a rider, trainer and instructor, inspired her to write A Horse to Remember, her first novel, at age fourteen. She has lived with her family in Landenberg, Pennsylvania where she managed a horse farm before going away to college and earning a degree in graphic design. She continues to care for horses and competes in eventing.
Books by Juliana Hutchings

Dan Peterson

Sandy , UT
Dan and his wife, Birdeen, reside in Sandy, Utah. Their children have married and “left the nest,” but the cats, Milo and Rajah, still perform daily inspections of the house, while the lab, Jake, guards the deck and back yard. A palomino, a paint, and a POA mare and her young colt rule the pasture. Who knows what games Dan will teach this new foal to play.

For over 30 years Dan A. Peterson has been bringing people and books together. Dan is a children’s book author, representative for various educational publishers and co-owner of the Alphabet Station, a parent-teacher center. Holding degrees in both Journalism and English from BrighamYoung University, he has served as curricula evaluator for Behavioral Research Laboratories and the Dallas Independent School District, curricula developer for Thiokol Chemical Corporation, and editor for Harbrace Publications. Dan is the author of various freelance articles, with names such as “Reflections of a Suburban Cowboy” and also dabbles in writing narrative poetry.

Dan gained valuable insights into the special characteristics of horses during his childhood in rural Utah, where he rode calves for real silver dollars at the annual Cedar Fort rodeo. He sat on the rail fence for hours studying the wild horses, and many of his mounts were mustangs that had been captured and trained by his uncles. He learned never to underestimate a horse’s intelligence and unique personality.

Through a combination of his diversified background, fascination with horses, and the ability to see the world through the eyes of children, a story began to bounce around in his head about “a very unusual colt … who could dance like sunlight on water.” He gave the colt something exciting to do – play soccer with a couple of boys. After that the characters of the story took the reins, and his debut novel, Fergus,The Soccer Playing Colt, came to life.
Books by Dan Peterson

Angela Janacaro

Townsend, MT
Angela Janacaro, a Montana native, grew up in a noisy, Italian family and is the youngest of eight children. She now spends most of her time attending to her own noisy family of four, but in the hours when the children are in school or asleep she likes writing stories. Most of her inspiration comes from the everyday occurrences that shape the story of a life. As her friends and family know all too well, a shared story might very well make an appearance in part of Angela’s writings. She enjoys the great outdoor opportunities Montana has to offer, spending time with her family and friends, reading and bullwhipping. She is a graduate of the University of Montana. Before her attention was diverted to the care and feeding of small children, Angela was a registered lobbyist. She is writing her second novel at her home in Townsend, Montana.
Books by Angela Janacaro

Wayne Coggins

Nikiski, AK
An Alaskan preacher for more than forty-five years, Wayne has a counseling service, Cornerstone Family Ministries. He lives in Nikiski, Alaska with his wife, Marveen, and is Senior Pastor of the North Kenai Chapel.
Books by Wayne Coggins

Art Kehler

Harrison, MT
Author of more than two hundred essays, Kehler writes from his home in the small, rural town of Harrison, Montana. His work has been published in regional newspapers and journals, on-line magazines and nationally recognized literary magazines.
Books by Art Kehler

Stephen Ore

Harrison, MT
Author, Stephen Ore, was born on Montana’s Hi Line but spent his formative years farther south, in the foothills of the Tobacco Root Mountains. He worked and played on the surrounding farms and ranches before and after obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree from Montana State University. After dabbling in chain-saw art, horse shoeing, logging and other interests, Steve now runs his own small construction business. He still spends any free time immersed in Montana’s backcountry with family and friends.
Books by Stephen Ore