I live 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. 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 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.
Who doesn’t love horses! Me for one as I own and train my Buck and Cash and compete in Extreme Challenge and Mountain Trail Competitions. Together, we have four grown sons and nine grandchildren. Through the Inchelium school, I coach archery and am NASP, National Archery in the School Program, certified.
The Native Americans in my community and on my husband’s reservation have captured my heart. Their heritage and culture and our faith are gems I desire to create a legacy for my sons and grandchildren through my fictionalized stories that reflect the area both past and present.
I’d like to invite you to meet with me once a month by subscribing to my blog and learn about various cultural traditions and life here on the reservation. When you sign up for my blog, you will receive two free gifts: A Horse Lover’s Manifesto and The Westen Women’s Manifesto.
Carmen Peone is an award-winning author of the LAURA Short-Fiction Awards. Read Queen of the Hill but know it is a spoiler for my young adult novel, Girl Warrior.
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