Award winning author, teacher & storyteller Carmen Goldthwaite is published in fiction, poetry and nonfiction, her life-long and long-running pursuit-in newspapers, magazines, columns and books.
Telling the stories of Texas Women...Ranchers & Dames..
stories about the women from my books, Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie and Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History-the women who lived "hard" to create a softer, gentler Texas.
Audiences have enjoyed tracing Texas' tradition of hospitality from the earliest times to modern Texas; or, the foods and music that various waves of settlers brought to Texas, or Tejas. On another occasion, I spoke about the women of the forts-military wives and their mix (or not) with settlers.
Story of the Story
First I started a column, "Texas Dames," that ran in about three dozen community newspapers. And then, a California publisher said, "why don't you turn them into a book." I did. And it came out first because a publisher of Texas books called, asking, "Do you have something on Texas?" I did.
To this date, the Texas Women I've had the privilege of telling these stories to claim their own "sassy" and "savvy" natures as Texas dames. Their husbands agree.
" If you haven't read this yet you are missing a really nice read. Ladies I never knew existed impacted our Texas History in startling ways."- Max Ratheal, sheriff of the Fort Worth Corral of Westerners, Intl. told his members about Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History.
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