Ms. Hillerman is sponsored by Betty & Peter Bengtson
NYT bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman’s talented daughter Anne has picked up the mantle and continues the Leaphorn and Chee series. Her debut novel "Spider Woman's Daughter" is also a stunning work in its own right. Released in October, 2013, Anne's book catapulted to the NYT list, debuting at number 10! It received the Spur Award for best novel and the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award as book of the year. Her second in the series "Rock with Wings" spent three weeks on the NYT list, drawing more fans than book one and taking Anne on an extensive tour of the West. Her latest book in the series, "Song of the Lion" is due out April 11, 2017.
Anne is the author of eight non-fiction books including "Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn" which she presented to a packed audience at TFOB in 2010. She and photographer Don Strel made numerous road trips to photograph and write about the landscapes beloved by New Mexico's best known mystery writer. Working on that book inspired her novel.
"In the process of researching 'Tony Hillerman's Landscape,' I re-read all of the Chee/Leaphorn mysteries, paying close attention to the settings. I ran into mud, dust storms, rez dogs, snow and those pricelessly beautiful days Tony Hillerman wrote about for more than 35 years," Anne said. "My personal highlights included New Mexico's Bisti badlands, the mysterious landscape near Ship Rock and vast, empty Chaco Canyon." The book received many honors including the 2010 Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Award. It also paved the way for Anne's next books, her best-selling novels.
The eldest of Tony and Marie Hillerman's six children, Anne came to New Mexico as a child and lives in Santa Fe. She is currently at work on the fourth book in the new mystery series. When she isn't working, Anne likes to ski, garden and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. She is co-creator of the Tony Hillerman Prize for best first novel set in the Southwest and a board member of Western Writers of America.