Gail Wanman Holstein has indulged her love for the Southwest
for years, traveling extensively, exploring ancient sites,
visiting museums and collections, and admiring the artifacts
left behind by prehistoric peoples. She and her husband were
curators of a three-museum exhibit entitled Enduring Visions:
1000 Years of Southwestern Indian Art. She did the photography
for the show's catalog, which has become a classic reference
Her first sight of the
huge Mogollon Rim was from the cockpit of a small plane carrying
her, her husband, and a load of gear to Phoenix to take pictures
of prehistoric pottery. The updraft coming off the quarter-mile-high
Rim slapped the plane with enough force to throw everything
up against the ceiling—making for a strong and lasting
impression. On a camping trip years later, as she watched
her husband gather sage for a cleansing ceremony, the opening
scene came to her.
"People in Arizona aren't like other Americans,"
she says. "Whether they know it or not, they absorb energy
from the prehistoric peoples. Some Arizona people, especially
those in the Mogollon area, are quite eccentric, like the
character of Howlin' Jim. Given that I've met plenty of these
folks in real life, I believe some of them could be adventurous
enough to try Jim's outrageous experiment. It would be the
ultimate in alternative lifestyles."
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Gail welcomes your comments after you've read the book. Email
her at info@ThundercloudBooks.com.
If you wish, she'll email you an announcement of her next
novel when it comes out. It's set in the slickrock country
of Utah and draws on her experience as an advocate for victims
of domestic violence. "Redemption on a mountain bike"
is all she'll say about it now.