I am an award-winning author who lives in Northeast Washington on the Colville Indian Reservation with my husband, dogs, and horses and have since 1988. After working with tribal elder Marguerite Ensminger and learning the Arrow Lakes Language and various cultural traditions of the Sinyekst or Arrow Lakes band of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Indians, I decided to write. I write about the beauty of the reservation and the wonderful people who live within its bounds.
With a degree in abnormal psychology, the thought of writing never entered my mind, until I married my husband and moved to the reservation after graduating college from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.
Besides my infinite love for my Dingo Daisy Mae, I love horses. They brighten dark days, get my creative juices flowing when I’m in a slump, and put smiles on the faces of those who visit with them. You can see Buck and Cash on the covers of my True to Heart Trilogy. With a bit of a competitive spirit, I enjoy the occasional Extreme Challenge and Mountain Trail Competitions.
Together, Joe and I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren and through the Inchelium school, I coach archery and am NASP, National Archery in the School Program, certified instructor, all of which keep me cheerful and rather busy.
The Native Americans in my community and on my husband’s reservation have captured my heart. Their heritage and culture are gems I use to create fictionalized stories that reflect the area both past and present.
I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my blog and learn about various cultural traditions and life here on the reservation. I normally post once or twice a month. When you sign up to connect with me, you will receive two free gifts as a thank you: A Horse Lover’s Manifesto and The Westen Women’s Manifesto.
Catch me on Ask the Author Podcast with Russel Sherrard where we talk about life, family, faith, inspiration, and, of course, books: Click Here
Carmen Peone’s Credits:
Columnist for the Silverado Express Newspaper, Colville, WA, Across the River
Member of Women Writing the West since 2012:
Secretary 2014 and 2015
Marketing Chair 2016
Past President 2019
Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your Creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.
~ Bradley Whitford