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Meet Joyce Lohse

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"I combine journalism, genealogy and history to write biographies. My goal is to preserve and share stories about pioneers and history of the American West through books, articles and presentations."

 

 

Biography

Colorado author Joyce B. Lohse combines her background in journalism, genealogy, and western history to write biographies for readers of all ages. She is administrator for Women Writing the West, and writes history articles for magazines such as True West, Steamboat, and Women Out West. Book awards include three CIPA EVVYs, a silver WILLA, and 2010 Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book award from the Colorado Authors' League. In 2008, she accepted induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for her biography subject, Eliza Routt. Joyce’s research travels have led her to lurk in cemeteries and archives throughout Colorado in search of stories about pioneers and ancestors.

Joyce B. Lohse's books and presentations
about Western Pioneers appeal to:

• Students and Writers
• Teachers and Librarians
• Genealogists
• Biography Fans
• Western History Buffs
• Yellowstone Savages
• Readers of all ages

 

Books by Joyce:

Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen
Filter Press 2011
CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers' Association)
2012 Best Biography EVVY Award

2012 Women Writing the West
Silver WILLA Award for Scholarly Nonfiction

General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer
Filter Press 2009
CAL (Colorado Authors' League) 2010 Top Hand Award Winner

Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story
Filter Press 2006
CIPA Silver EVVY Award Winner

Emily Griffith: Opportunity's Teacher
Filter Press 2005

Justina Ford: Medical Pioneer
Filter Press 2004
CIPA Silver EVVY Award Winner, WILLA Silver Award Winner

First Governor, First Lady: John and Eliza Routt of Colorado
Filter Press 2002
CIPA Gold EVVY Award Winner

A Yellowstone Savage: Life In Nature's Wonderland
J.D. Charles Publishing 1988

 

Affiliations:

Colorado Authors League
Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society
Colorado Historical Society
Denver Woman's Press Club
National Genealogical Society
Western Writers' of America
Women Writing the West
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Western Writers of America

Bookstore

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Books by Joyce B. Lohse:

Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen
Filter Press 2011
2012 CIPA Best Biography EVVY Award, WILLA Silver Award 

General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer
Filter Press 2009
CAL 2010 Top Hand Award Winner

Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story
Filter Press 2006
CIPA Silver EVVY Award

Emily Griffith: Opportunity's Teacher
Filter Press 2005

Justina Ford: Medical Pioneer
Filter Press 2004
CIPA Silver EVVY Award, WILLA Silver Award

First Governor, First Lady: John and Eliza Routt of Colorado
Filter Press 2002
CIPA Gold EVVY Award Winner

A Yellowstone Savage: Life In Nature's Wonderland
J.D. Charles Publishing 1988

Books for resale and libraries are distributed by BooksWest or Baker & Taylor.

Tips for Writers

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People often ask me for writing tips, or hints about marketing their work. A few of my tips were included in a book, Writing, etc., produced by the Colorado Authors’ League, published by Ghost Road Press in 2006. From time to time, I will share some hints and tips with you here, while I, too, continue to learn about my craft.

“All the best research methods I know come from genealogy. For instance, what better place to visit for inspiration than a cemetery with all those names and dates close at hand. Also, most every person leaves a trail of paper during his or her lifetime. If documents exist, and if the researcher can locate and gain access to them, then he or she can effectively evaluate and extract the data. -- Joyce B. Lohse, author, Centennial”

For more information about the book, Writing, etc., go to: http://www.coloradoauthors.org/Site/WritingBook.php

A very busy year

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So far, this year has been mighty busy at LohseWorks. Once again, the highlight for me was joining the history superstars at the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs for another amazing history symposium. The program included my presentation, “Baby Doe Tabor: A Matchless Spirit,” followed by a written literary paper based on the topic. As usual, it was a fun and exciting experience to be aligned with top-notch history experts in the Pikes Peak Region.

The following week, I attended my first Western Writers Association conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This time I was in the audience, soaking up the wisdom of my heroes and heroines of the literary world. What an inspiration to learn from and discuss writing with talented authors while reading their latest books. I have since finished reading new titles by Sandra Dallas, Anne Hillerman, and one from Craig Johnson’s Longmire series. I look forward to reading more books by friends old and new. At WWA, wisdom and insights were generously shared and greatly appreciated.

Penrose House Entrance SignAs if those experiences were not enough, my seventh biography from Filter Press, Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor, hit the market and began appearing on bookshelves. The birth of a new title is an incredible experience. Publisher Doris Baker and I visited interested merchants where we introduced our latest offering. That day, we were treated to a tour of Penrose House, a former residence of Spencer Penrose, the subject of our book. I was delighted to visit the mansion, owned by the El PomarPortico Penrose House Foundation, and to soak up its history, which was splendidly preserved at every turn.

In May, the Palmer Lake Historical Society gave a warm reception to my new Spencer Penrose program and books. After activities wrapped up for the spring at the Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society where I am president, I began tidying up the debris strewn in my wake at home and on my desk after a busy spring. At the end of July, I will be ready for an outing to Burro Days in Fairplay on July 30. Burro buddies can visit with us about books and history at the Filter Press booth.

The Colorado Authors’ League is teaming up with Denver Public Library for a new Colorado Book Festival on September 10 from 11-4. I will be on a panel about historic biographies. I will speak on a similar topic at the Women Writing the West annual conference, which will converge in Santa Fe October 13-16. Two weeks later, on October 29 at 2 p.m., the Windsor-Severance Library will host my program about Baby Doe Tabor’s spirit world during Halloween weekend.  

 
   
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