Jane Little Botkin turned to historical investigation and writing upon her teacher retirement. Now she melds personal narratives of American families with compelling stories of western women, labor radicals, miners, lawmen, and outlaws in settings rich with a history that transitions into the New West. Though a Texas native, her family’s roots are entwined around Colorado and Arizona mining camps. She is the author of Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018), which won five awards, including two Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. Jane’s newest release, The Girl Who Dared to Defy: Jane Street and Denver’s Rebel Maids (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021), is about a young woman who attempts to orchestrate a domestic mutiny against Denver’s elitist Capitol Hill women. Jane’s own grandmother was such a servant in Boulder in 1916. Jane is currently working on the biographies of Hank Boedeker: Lawman, Marksman, and Friend of Butch Cassidy, and Mary Ann Goodnight, the savior of the southern American bison herd.