Thursday, March 17, 2011

Meet Author Heidi M. Thomas

Heidi M. Thomas grew up on a working ranch in eastern Montana. She had parents who taught her a love of books and a grandmother who rode bucking stock in rodeos. Describing herself as “born with ink in her veins,” Heidi followed her dream of writing with a journalism degree from the University of Montana and later turned to her first love, fiction, to write her grandmother’s story.

Heidi’s first novel, Cowgirl Dreams, has won an EPIC Award and the USA Book News Best Book Finalist award.

Follow the Dream is the second book in the “Dare to Dream” series about strong, independent Montana Women.

Heidi is a member of Women Writing the West, Skagit Valley Writers League, Skagit Women in Business, and the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. She is also a manuscript editor, and teaches memoir and fiction writing classes in the Pacific Northwest.

Cowgirl Dreams Synopsis

Defying family and social pressure, Nettie Brady bucks 1920s convention with her dream of becoming a rodeo star. That means competing with men, and cowgirls who ride the rodeo circuit are considered “loose women.” Addicted to the thrill of pitting her strength and wits against a half-ton steer in a rodeo, Nettie exchanges skirts for pants, rides with her brothers on their Montana ranch, and competes in neighborhood rodeos.

Broken bones, killer influenza, flash floods, and family hardship team up to keep Nettie from her dreams. Then she meets a young neighbor cowboy who rides broncs and raises rodeo stock. Will this be Nettie’s ticket to freedom and happiness? Will her rodeo dreams come true?

Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, a real Montana cowgirl.
Cowgirl Dreams is available from the publisher, Treble Heart Books, or the author website. It is suitable for both adult and young adult readers.


Nancy Famolari said...

Cowgirl Dreams sounds like a great book. Enjoyed the post.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for sharing, Heidi. Did you gain understanding of the personalities in your family from writing this book?

I'm writing a historical fiction based on my mom's life during WWII and I'm gaining so much insight into her personality.

Good luck with your sales!

madcapmaggie said...

Heidi, your book sounds so interesting. Nice to learn more about it.

Karen Cioffi said...

Heidi, your grandmother sounds like such a strong woman. I love stories that are about strong women - it's a wonderful example for girls.

Heidiwriter said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Robert.

Kathy, yes, I did learn so much about my family in writing these books. My 4th book in the series will be based on my mom who came to the "wilds" of Montana from Germany after WWII.

My "Dare to Dream" series is all based on strong, independent women who gave me that legacy.

Mari said...

Heidi, what a creative way to get to know more about your family and its history.

Martha said...

How wonderful to be able to use your own family as the subject of your books.
It sounds like a great book.