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Montana Authors

Many wonderful authors - writers call Montana home. The authors are listed alphabetically.

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Montana Book Publishing Companies -- Here is a complete list of Montana's publishing compainies via Thomas J. Elpel's page.


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Tom Bernstein; Flathead area of Montana. Writer of some great crime novels. He got his first computer in the late 80’s. It was an Apple IIE, and it came with a pretty decent word-processing program. Up until then he had been writing on an old manual Underwood typewriter. It was like he had been pedaling around on a bicycle – and now he, suddenly, had a Harley. 

Susan Bliler; born in Great Falls, Montana, to a mother of Native American ancestry and a father of Scots descent. She attended school in Great Falls and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Law from the University of Great Falls.

Bernadette Botz; She is a full-time writer living in Montana. Having founded Granberry Books, she is committed to writing godly works of fiction that will challenge and encourage the Body of Christ. Her dream is to have more Christian writers, who are adhering to the Word of God, join her in spreading the power of the Gospel to the world. Having educated her five children at home, she is now blessed to know them as adults and dear friends. Married to Michael for twenty-eight years, Bernadette has experienced the power of the Gospel in her marriage, in her family and in her own soul. 

Angela Breidenbach; she is a bestselling Montana author and the host of Grace Under Pressure Radio. Angela serves nationally as the Christian Author Network’s (CAN) president. With a volume of appearances online, television, stage, and radio Angela loves to share her knowledge to help others. 

Carol Buchanan; Flathead/Kalispell area, Before she could write, she would tell herself stories. Later as a teenager she wrote for the local Kalispell newspaper, The Daily Interlake. Since then she has written for newspapers and national magazines in the fields of Western history, horticulture, and equine journalism. She even wrote technical manuals about computer systems for a major aerospace company in Seattle, WA. Her first historical novel, God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana won the 2009 Spur Award for Best First Novel from the Western Writers of America. Her second historical novel, Gold Under Ice (the sequel to God's Thunderbolt), has been published to glowing reviews. Her site has far more to it then the usual biography and book information. Check out her blog and commentaries.


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John Clayton; Nonfiction writer John Clayton has worked for clients ranging from National Geographic to Harvard Business School publishing. His work covers Western history, environment, and literature, as well as advanced management communications techniques. He now calls central Montana home. Check out his new book The Cowboy Girl: The Life of Caroline Lockhart (Women in the West) .

Casey Dawes; Casey Dawes is a multi-published romance and non-fiction author, writing on everything from IBM software to sweet romance set on California's Central coast. Her latest book is California Homecoming. She's had an eclectic life, including teaching junior high in Browning, Montana, working in theater in Massachusetts,and traveling the world improving database performance. Currently, she lives in Missoula where she's a business coach, quilter, and author.


Thomas J. Elpel; He had the rare opportunity as a child to spend hundreds of hours with his grandmother exploring the hills and meadows of southwest Montana. Tom’s grandmother helped him to learn about the native plants and native skills, igniting a passion for nature that has inspired Tom ever since. Tom is the founder and director of Green University, LLC and Outdoor Wilderness Living School (OWLS) in Pony, Montana. He is the author of several books about wilderness survival, nature, and sustainable living, including Foraging the Mountain West and Participating in Nature. He has also produced several videos on topics ranging from wilderness survival to slipform stone masonry.


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Diana Pharaoh Francis; fantasy writer; She was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern California where she taught herself to ride a horse at the age of six. She has a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and currently teaches literature and writing at the University of Montana-Western. She lives in Montana with her husband, son and an oversized lapdog. Path of Fate is her first novel.

Kayo Fraser; Deer Lodge, Montana; She has been passionate about writing about as long as she has been passionate about photography. Her first book, "Listen to Your Spirit", was published in 2019 by Raven Publishing, Inc. Her second book, "And God Says, Yes'" is printed with Shutterfly. She used photos by NASA and the Space Hubble to compliment the message about why she feels we chose to come to Earth. She is working on a series of small books called The Animal Spirit Series. Her books are appropriate for young readers but they also have a wider appeal with adults who have given her rave reviews.

Kevin S Giles; He was raised in Deer Lodge, Montana, in the shadow of the territorial-era state prison. Kevin is a journalism graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula and has worked as a reporter, editor and designer for six daily newspapers in the United States and Australia. He’s written three nonfiction books related to Montana history: "Jerry’s Riot: The True Story of Montana’s 1959 Prison Disturbance," and two biographies of Jeannette Rankin, the recent updated edition, "One Woman Against War," and the earlier "Flight of the Dove." Giles has published a novel, set in Deer Lodge, "Summer of the Black Chevy." He also is preparing to publish a mystery novel set in Butte.


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Janet Hill; rural Montana, She 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. 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 is the CEO of a small press, Raven Publishing.

Margaret F Johnson; Missoula, Montana. She taught drama at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Mt. for 37 years directing over 190 productions from children’s theatre to full-blown musicals like Fiddler On the Roof, Godspell, and Sound Of Music.” Honors have included being inducted into the Montana Forensic Educators Hall of Fame, the Theatre Educator of the Year award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montana Theatre Education Association and more. Margaret was born and raised in the small farming community of Glasgow, Montana. And her guidance lead to the success of many of her students. Check out her Drama Teachers Survival Guides.

Danell Jones; Billings, Montana. Danell is inspired by true stories told with the verse and passion of fiction and British literature and history. Her newest book, An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor is available now. Currently, she teaches part-time at Montana State University Billings and offers community classes through the wonderful Big Sky Writing Workshops. She also serves on the Billings Public Library Foundation Board and the Montana Center for the Book Advisory Committee.

John Maclean; author of two previous award-winning books on disastrous wildfires, has written a third – this one chronicling the Thirtymile Fire that killed four firefighters in 2001 in northeast Washington. The fire, which initially appeared to be a quick suppression effort with a bit of mop-up, spiraled out of control into a disaster fire that burned over 9,000 acres. Four young firefighters were killed, several others were injured, and another was severely burned but managed to survive. Maclean is both a journalist and a gifted storyteller; he spent much of his 30-year career in Washington, D.C., as a Chicago Tribune correspondent covering national and international news. But for a man whose early career was in the Midwest and the nation's capital, Maclean's still a Western boy, linked by his family's ties to Montana, where he spent much of his youth.

Kat Martin; Missoula, Montana. Kat is the bestselling author of thirty Historical and Contemporary Romance novels. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, also an author. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and History.

M K McClintock; She is the award-winning author of several books and short stories, including the popular "Montana Gallagher" series, the “Crooked Creek” series set in post-Civil War Montana, and highly-acclaimed "British Agent" novels. She spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in the 1800s. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in Montana.

Lesley Ann McDaniel; grew up in Missoula, Montana, and is proud of her Big Sky Country roots. Both her Montana Hearts and Madison Falls series take place in fictional Montana towns. In addition to being a USA Today bestselling author, Lesley is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and a wonderful critique group. While still a Big Sky girl at heart, she now resides in the Seattle area with her family, three cats, and a big loud dog. In her spare time (ha!) she chips away at her goal of reading every book ever written. Be sure to visit her at her website or on Facebook.


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Susan Overfield; North of Great Falls. She is nationally known for her behavioral obedience training for dogs. She teachs owners a proven method that dogs understand, can achieve and maintain. So immediate is the change in the dog's behavioral response and so full of common sense and information about dogs and how they think is Overfield's behavioral obedience training for dogs, that owners, as well as some dog trainers, shelters and rescue personnel, are changing their teaching methods to this form of obedience training for dogs with amazing and positive results for all. Check out her book Saturday Dogs.

Maggie Plummer; Montana, Along the winding trail to becoming a novelist, she has worked as a journalist, book publicist, book editor, census enumerator, school bus driver, field interviewer, waitress, post office clerk, fish processor, library clerk, retail salesperson, Good Humor (ice cream) girl, fishing boat first mate, race horse hot walker, apple picker, and bus girl. She is the author of PASSING IT ON: VOICES FROM THE FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION. She also wrote a SPIRITED AWAY - A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH, that paints an intimate portrait of 1650s Irish slavery in the Caribbean.

Brook Medicine Eagle; Brooke Medicine Eagle, (Chalise*) is a legendary Earthkeeper,  wisdom teacher, healer, visionary, singer/songwriter, catalyst for wholeness, and ceremonial leader. She is the best selling author of the Native American literary classic, Buffalo Woman Comes Singing, and of The Last Ghost Dance. Over the last 35 years, her many music recordings, teachings, writings, conference appearances, and wilderness spiritual retreats have touched the hearts and minds of people all over the world. In January of 2000, in recognition of her remarkable contributions in bridging cultural gaps in our world, Medicine Eagle was one of  30 people to receive the special Magical Blend Millennium Award, along with the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev,  Jean Houston, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and others.

Nancy Quinn; After a life in several other places, Nancy and her family now call rural Montana home. She is an author and an artist. Her books include the winner of the 2018 Will Rogers Medallion Award  Bronze Medal, Go West Young Woman. And her art includes jewelry, ornaments, and wildlife drawings and more.


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Gia C. Ramirez; She is the author of the Golden Spiral series for middle graders and young adults. The first book in the series is called The Power of The Crystalline Trees and weaves information about the natural magic of trees through a dystopian fantasy world. She grew up on a guest ranch in the Montana Rockies and the trees, horses, and nature were my best friends. With no TV she read a lot of books growing up and fantasy were her favorite! She eagerly waited for the bookmobile once a month.

Susan Campbell Reneau; of Blue Mountain, Montana outside Missoula is the author of the book, Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls and Other Great Colorado Big Game, First, Second and Third Editions. She is also the author and editor of 21 other books on western history and big-game hunting. In Washington, D.C. she edited and coordinated the production of 48 higher education books for the American Association of Junior and Community Colleges and wrote for many publications. She holds a M.S. in Business Marketing and Public Relations from American University, Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Elementary Education and Speech Communications from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. She has lived with her husband Jack in Missoula, Montana from September 20, 1992 to the present (October 8, 2013). She is the wife of Jack Reneau who she married at Shove Chapel in Colorado Springs on April 6, 1974 and is the mother of three sons. Her third son, Richard, is the co-author of the third edition of Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls. Susan grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Wasson High School. You can enjoy information about her current book at She is also business development officer for Outdoor Trails Media and the weekly hunting, fishing and outdoor show, “The Revolution with Jim and Trav” that is heard on 420 radio and cable stations around the U.S. and on American Forces Network that is heard on all military bases and embassy compounds around the world. The weekly radio show is heard by 17 million people. Check out that website at

Gary D Robson; In 2001, he set aside 20 years of technical and entrepreneurial management and moved to Montana to focus on his writing and purchase Red Lodge Books (which is now Red Lodge Books & Tea). His list of publications includes over two dozen books and technical manuals, and hundreds of articles for magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and Web sites. He has written for a wide variety of publications, from the World Book Encyclopedia to Renaissance magazine, on subjects ranging from cattle to computer hacking.

W. J. Ross; Montana, She has lived in Montana for 50 years, and learned to fly at 37. She later became a commercial pilot and flight instructor. While teaching hundreds of student pilots to fly, she also flew game management flights for the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Division, and spent 15 years as a summertime fire patrol pilot.
She is the author of Who Fears the Wolf? In the first volume of a mystery series, pilot Leigh McIntyre lands in the Montana wilderness on a volunteer mission that propels her into dangerous encounters deep in the woods.

Russell Rowland; Born in Bozeman, Montana, in 1957 and now in Billings. His first novel, In Open Spaces, made the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and was named among the "Best of the West 2002" by the Salt Lake City Tribune. It received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. Rowland's second novel, The Watershed Years, was recently released and has garnered rave reviews. The Missoulian says, "Rowland writes with precision about the fabric of people’s lives – fabric that sometimes flutters smoothly, but that sometimes is tattered by family conflicts." He teaches at Montana State University and with the Gotham Writers' Workshops [].

Fran Tabor; Kalispell, Montana. She has lived for about the last 30 years in Kalispell where she has run a local retail business and raised two daughters. (She has also lived in Great Falls, Bozeman, and Missoula.) Her business experience is the inspiration for her first book,Live Abundantly!: Business Lessons from the Bible Everyone knows that businesses can have high and low points but the economy is not always the reason. When the economy was going good she saw her business suffer. Now that the economy isn't doing as well her business is doing well. Why? She had departed from the basic principles found in the ultimate business information book, The Bible, and now she has returned to those basics. This book spells out those ideas in a very easy to read and follow format. It is available here!

SK Virtue; Ballantine Montana. She lives on a small farm outside of Ballantine Montana with her husband, three dogs, six cats and 14 chickens. She grew up on the farm and, along with her seven brothers and sisters, did a bit of everything to help her parents. She loves everything about Montana. That is why she has decided to write about Montana in her books. Her books have romance, intrigue and the beauty of Montana in them. And that is why she has decided to call them A Montana Hearts and Homes Series.

P.S. Winn; Kalispell Montana.  She has published 69 books, with the 70th coming out by the end of my tenth year of doing this.The books can be found on Amazon or Barnes and Noble