So it was a treat to attend a lecture and book signing of hers at the Prescott Public Library the other night.
Jana was talking about her latest book and her first try at historical fiction.
She knocked it out of the park. Cattle Kate is the story of another woman wronged, represented as a whore and a cattle rustler for over a hundred years. But Jana put her investigative tools to work and wrote an entirely different story about Ella Watson, a homesteader in Wyoming in the 1800's whose presence and refusal to sell her land so angered a neighboring rancher that he and a handful of other men eventually lynched her and her husband.
Jana spoke for an hour in an impassioned delivery that kept a crowd of more than 60 people spellbound, interspersing her heroine's story with historical facts about some amazing women of the Old West.
After her bravura performance, she signed my personal copy of Cattle Kate in typical Jana-fashion.
Apparently it's my week for lectures. This afternoon SWMBO and I attended a talk at the Phippen Museum about the legendary Kolb brothers of the Grand Canyon. In the very early 20th century the two brothers from Pittsburgh built a photo studio at the head of the Bright Angel Trail just below the rim of the South Rim. Eventually one of the brothers left for California but Emery Kolb stayed for the rest of his life, until he died in 1976 at the age of 95. After the very interesting talk by historian Phil Payne I spoke with him and told him I had done a television story on the brothers' photo studio and interviewed Emery shortly before his death.
All in all, it's been an interesting week.