Bio for Jane Little Botkin Author
Award-winning author Jane (Janie) Little Botkin served as a public-school teacher for thirty years before turning to historical investigation and writing. In 2008 the Texas state legislature honored her career in education by formal resolution. Jane discovered her love in historical writing—specifically biographical, after the retirement. A member of the Western Writers of America since 2017, Jane currently sits on its board of directors. She also judges entries for the WWA's prestigious Spur Award and reviews new releases. Her books have won numerous
awards in biography, western historical nonfiction, and women’s studies, including Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family and The Girl Who Dared to Defy: Jane Street and the Rebel Maids of Denver. Jane’s most recent manuscript, The Pink Dress, Memoir of a Guyrex Girl, delves into the early world of Guyrex, the famous Miss USA and Miss Texas beauty-queen makers, at the same time revealing the author's coming of age among controlling forces outside the pageant world. She is now researching for her fourth biography, that of Molly Dyer Goodnight (Charles Goodnight's wife and savior of the Southern bison herd). Jane lives in the White Mountain Wilderness near Nogal, New Mexico, with her husband Gary and dog Axel aka Thunderstruck.