Jan Lofton


It was 2006 (or maybe it was 2007) when some irrelevant-to-this-story-things happened and I came to know myself as a writer. Not a writer as I had been: a proposal writer,technical writer, academic writer, but in the far more freeing sense of writing for my own enjoyment.

Judging by the children's books I wrote then my newly born inner author had a very happy childhood. As I crafted my small worlds I was reminded again of a mental image that I had carried with me for years, of the woman who sits at the loom that stands at the gate between the worlds, perpetually weaving this one into existence.

My Native American friends told me she was Spider Woman in their cultural myths, keeping us all entranced with the very never-endingness of her creations. When I began to think about a modern retelling of this myth, I thought it should be told as a girl's story, but Billy Tsosie, the hero of RIDERS ON THE REZ, took charge of the narrative right away and sent me off on a research quest to learn about Navajo language and customs.

Billy has grown up now, and is in pre-med at the University of Arizona (life moves much faster in fiction than in the flesh)and I have moved on to other stories and styles. I look forward to introducing them here on Smashwords as they are ready to be shared,

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Riders on the Rez
Price: Free! Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Billy Tsosie meets his Navaho relatives for the 1st time ever but he is afraid he does not fit in. His Mom has never taught him Dine traditions and he thinks his older cousin Danny looks down on him because of it. But when Billy gets into a fight at the Kayenta Skateboard Park, it is Danny who comes to his rescue. With glossary of skate terms. Free, in memory of Rex Meyer.

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