From Westerns About Women to Westerns By Women

If you're the kind of reader who thinks westerns are only written by men for men, then my guess is, you haven't browsed the western section lately. In my last post I highlighted some westerns about women. Now, here are some titles in the genre written by women.  I think they deserve to be more widely known.


Two novels by Elizabeth Fackler in her award winning Seth Stummer series.


Two novels by Spur Award winning author Cynthia Haseloff portraying the relationship between the brutal Kiowa war chief Satanta and an enigmatic white Chrisitian missionary woman, Adrianne Chastain.

A fantastic biographical novel by Neila Skinner Petrick about Jane Long, the mother of Texas.


Two novels from the Colorado Trilogy by Tess Pendergrass that feature romance against the backdrop of the Old West.


The three novels of the Ribbons west series by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson (both experienced writers of inspirational fiction) chronicles the adventures of Brenton and Jordana Baldwin as they head for California during the War between the States. This is Christian fiction in a western setting.

Or, if you like short stories, you might try She Won the West: an anthology of Western & frontier stories by women, edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzoni. Muller is an accomplished writer of mysteries. Pronzini has been successful in both the mystery and the western genre. This looks to be a promising collection.

Finally, if you like you westerns in a modern setting (rather than the Old West), you might enjoy the Wind River mysteries by Margaret Coel, set on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

If you want to see the West from a Native American viewpoint, try reading the work (fiction and non-fiction) of Laguna Pueblo Indian writer Leslie Silko who has won numerous awards for her writing.


Happy Trails!