Deborah Morgan made $33.33 a word for the first words she sold, and says, "it's gone downhill from there." Actually, it was award money for winning a Name Our Business contest back in the 1980s in her Oklahoma hometown. Morgan's short story, "Tinsel Town," (JUNCTION) was a 2016 finalist for the Western Writers of America Spur Award. The collection features her stories published in both the mystery and western genres. She's won awards in both fiction and nonfiction, and her peers voted an article she wrote for Roundup Magazine as the 2013 Stirrup Award winner. All five novels in her antique-lover's mystery series featuring antiques picker (and former FBI agent) Jeff Talbot made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association list, with the third--The Marriage Casket--taking the #1 slot. In Spring 2013, Crossroad Press published the series in e-book format. Morgan has often served as a speaker and panel moderator at writers' conventions and seminars, and is an active member of Western Writers of America. She grew up on a ranch just outside Grove, was the Grove Roundup Club's Rodeo Queen when she was 15 years old, and still likes to wear boots and jeans. Recently, she has applied her love of western to decorating a 1967 Yellowstone canned ham trailer for “glamping” (glamorous camping). She’s a member of Sisters on the Fly, and enjoys hitting the road with trailer in tow to meet up with like-minded women. Before moving to Michigan in 1993 to "join typewriters" with author Loren D. Estleman, Morgan was managing editor of a biweekly newspaper in southeast Kansas. She's also been managing editor of two national treasure hunting magazines. In addition to editorial duties, she wrote columns, articles, and profiles of notables in the business. She was editor and art director of the Private Eye Writers of America newsletter for three years.Read more Read less
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