The author prefers riding a McClellan saddle, shooting a Henry rifle, driving an F-250, and–though against gambling in general–farming. She is a trained historian who revels in research to the point of re-enacting War Between the States cavalry and artillery, ransacking archives, and tracking down charcoal-fired iron furnaces. She has done hands-on construction, taught American History, and raised livestock. She is currently the church treasurer. She is happily married and shares the back yard with an occasional mountain lion on the Western Slope of Colorado.