Mirella Patzer, an author of significant historical knowledge cited me as an authority on the old west. I stopped and thought about it, and realized I really am. I've spent countless hours reading about the Lakota Sioux, researching their tribal traditions and rituals, and studying the trials and tribulations that pioneer men and women faced. For Sparta Rose, I researched the area, to familiarize myself with historical landmarks, schools, banks, and hotels from the past. I may not be a "true" authority, but I sure know a lot more now than I did when I began writing historical novels.