Critically acclaimed author Kathleen Morris is an aficionado of history, and has lived all over the West, from Seattle to Phoenix and points between. She resides in Phoenix and loves the desert Southwest, especially following in the footsteps of the people she writes about. A graduate of Prescott College in Arizona, she firmly believes the key to good historical fiction is diligent research about the places and people she writes about. The Lily of the West is the winner of the 2019 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker award for Best First Western Novel as well as a finalist for Best Western Novel. Kathlelen's short story “Mary Mary Quite Contrary” is included in the anthology Contention, and her novel, The Transformation of Chastity James is coming in March 2021. Kathleen’s stories feature strong, independent female protagonists who embrace life and challenge adversity, no princesses allowed. She’s a proud member of the Authors Guild, Western Writers of America and Women Writing the West. Find out more at www.kathleenmorrisauthor.com.