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Updated January 21, 2013
Robert R. Brown
I was born in Topeka, Kansas but from the age of nine, Oregon’s Willamette Valley
has been home. As a child in one-
Author William Least Heat Moon is surely correct when he says “our passions at age 12 will always be with us and indicate our intended career.”
A writer who can’t not write, I pounded out my first seven books on a manual typewriter borrowed from a neighbor. Payoff for sore arms from throwing the carriage was national publication of my children’s books: in hardcover by Atheneum, E.P. Dutton, Thomas Nelson and David McKay, and in paperback book club editions by Viking Penguin, Scholastic, and Junior Literary Guild. Awards and honors include a Spur Award from Western Writers Of America and nomination for the Mark Twain Award for BEFORE THE LARK, the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award for significant contribution to children’s literature, and inclusion on several best books’ lists.
THE PLAINSWOMAN, published originally by Ballantine, was my first novel for adults and a Western Writers Of America Spur Award finalist. Other novels include my Women Of Paragon Springs series from Five Star Publishing: LONG ROAD TURNING, BLUE HORIZONS, NO OTHER PLACE, and REAP THE SOUTH WIND. A love story set in Oregon’s Hells Canyon, HAVEN, a single title, was also published by Five Star. My historical novel, THE BARGAIN, was released by my own company, Riveredge Books, in 2007. WHERE GABLE SLEPT, the first book in my Celia Landrey mystery series, followed in 2010 and WHERE DANGER DANCED in 2012. All are now published by Riveredge Books and are also available as Kindle and Nook ebooks.
When not following my favorite pursuits, writing and reading, you’ll find me enjoying travel and exploring historic places with my husband, Bob, a retired research chemist, and spending time with our growing and busy family.
FURTHER SOURCES ABOUT IRENE BENNETT BROWN:
Maverick Writers by Jean Mead, Caxton Printers, Idaho, 1989.
Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Sandy Asher, Walker and Company, New York, 1987.
Contemporary Authors, Detroit, Gale Research, Vol. 29-
Something About The Author, Commire, Detroit, Gale Research Vol. 3, pp. 27, 28, 29.
Becoming A Writer
Founding Member: Women Writing the West
Western Writers of America
Sisters in Crime
Mystery Writers of America