Margaret Coel is the author of twenty award-winning mystery novels set among the Arapahos on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation, including Winter’s Child, the most recent entry in what Booklist calls “the consistently strong Wind River series.” The novels feature Jesuit priest Father John O’Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden. She is also the author of two suspense novels set in Denver.
Margaret’s novels have been on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. She is a six-time winner of the Colorado Book Award and a winner of the Willa (Cather) Award for Best Novel of the West. She has received the Frank Waters Award for “exemplary literary achievement,” the High Plains Emeritus Literary Award for “a lifetime of outstanding work, ” and the Colorado Arts and Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award. THE SPIDER’S WEB received the 2010 Hillerman Sky Award for the most evocative descriptions of the Southwest.
She is also the author of the short story collection Watching Eagles Soar as well as many articles for publications such as American Heritage and The New York Times. She has published four non-fiction books, including CHIEF LEFT HAND, a history of the Arapahos, published by the University of Oklahoma Press and winner of the Best Non-Fiction Book Award from the National Association of Press Women. The Colorado Historical Society lists both Chief Left Hand and GOIN’ RAILROADING, the book Margaret wrote with her father, among the best 100 books on Colorado history.
Margaret is a fourth-generation Coloradan. She resides in Boulder where she writes from a study that looks out over the Rocky Mountains. A herd of deer graze on the hill outside her window and from time to time, a mountain lion will wander past. “Everyday,” she says, “I drink in the West.”
Visit her online at www.margaretcoel.com