Barbara Neville

Biography

2015 & 2016 NaNoWriMo winner and rustic western visionary Barbara Neville is a rancher, homesteader, cowgirl, artist and mother of two kick ass children. She lives at the arse end of nowhere with her horses, cattle, goats, chickens, guineas, peacocks and Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs. She has led an unusual life of adventure, much of it off-grid.
Barb is descended from a long line of adventurous folk. Cowboys, ranchers, prospectors, inventors, settlers, homesteaders and more. She carries on the long tradition of taking the road less traveled. Her fictional world draws heavily on her own life and the people, places and experiences of previous generations.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest, Tomahawk Trail, is the first book in the Cha'a Many Horses Series I also have ten books in the Spirit Animal series. The tenth being Wind Blows Grass Grows Stars Twinkle Above. On the Rocks is the first. I like humor in my books, so I went with that and wrote what I know which is the outdoors and being a cowhand. I am not a big city girl, neither is my antagonist, Annie. Annie tells the stories herself in first person. I quote Annie Talks to Horses here: "I wrote these journals, in part, to dispel the image of cowgirls as mere girlfriends and wives of cowboys. The kind who wear western shirts, dresses, boots, concho belts with shiny buckles and all. They got all the shiny western bling and they call theirselves cowgirls. These gals are the ones who, while their cowboys are out cousin’ cows, shoein’ the rough string and,(everyone’s favorite) fixin’ fence; are home fixin’ their makeup and chattin’ with there gal friends. Now, true, they are a breed of cowgirls, and more power to ‘em.
"But some of us are a different breed.
“We are not just cow ‘girls’ but true female cow ‘boys’. We do the dirty work, from fixin’ fence, to cuttin’ sacks and squeezin’ out the oysters. By golly, we can do it all day ever’day, just like the boys.
So, saddle yore bronc and suck it up. We’re gonna open the gate and let ‘er rip!
And, oh yeah. Watch you're ass boys, ‘cause we just might kick it.“
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My sister asked what I actually did on a cattle roundup. I thought maybe others would like to read about it too. I started the book at roundup and let my imagination run wild.
What I ended up with is the ten book and growing Spirit Animal series. And the new series premier, Tomahawk Trail, is historic western fiction, with Native American characters, It takes place in 1885 Arizona, USA and Sonora, Mexico.It is available in paperback now on Ctreatespace and in preorder on this site.
The Spirit Animal series. The eleventh of which is Hell to Pay, my entry into 2016 NaNoWriMo. It is not what you would expect. It’s all about Cowboys and Injins. It’s told by a tough cowgirl/Injin named Annie Talks To Horses.
Her story takes place in the twenty-sixth century. It may be the future, but our cowboys ride horses. I'll let her tell it:
"You see, five hundred years ago were the Troubles. Earth was blown to smithereens. The lucky people got out just before. Pioneered new planets. War moved out into space. Things got blown back to primitive. Humankind clawed their way back out, ruled by the Federals. Progress made them nervous, so the Feds passed a law declaring all the newly explored planets as wilderness. No internal combustion engines or electronics are allowed beyond the spaceport on planet Rock.
The law is meant to save mankind from itself. The problem with that? Outlaws are beyond the law."
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Books

Cowboy & Injin Dictionary: The Official Companion to the Cha'a Many Horses Series
Series: Cha'a Many Horses. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Historical » USA
A companion volume to Barbara Neville's Cha'a Many Horses series. Some unconventional spelling is used in the Cha’a Many Horses and Spirit Animal books to impart an authentic cowboy feel to the narrative. Here is a guide to the more unusual vernacular terms, along with the Spanish, Apache, Hawaiian Pidgin and assorted other words used in the books.
Cowboy & Injin Suspense: Two Adventures in One
Series: Spirit Animal Box Set, Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 168,670. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Literary collections » Native American
Two revisionist western books in one. Only the Strong Survive: A 2015 NaNoWriMo winner. Annie many Horses has a new clan of Injin warriors and friends, they set out to find a peaceful agrarian life on Planet Rock. Between the gunfights, anyway. Life is never simple. Broken Warrior: Our long haired Injin heroes are back. Huntin' buffalo, like their ancestors before them. Then there's a twist.
Cowboy & Injin Frontier: Two Adventure Novels in One
Series: Spirit Animal Box Set, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 126,050. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Literary collections » Native American
Two revisionist western books in one. Rogue Lightning: A feisty cowgirl with a snarky mouth continues her adventures in the wilderness. Still wanted, she must travel with care. A Flash of Lightning: Sizzling energy, snarky dialogue. Annie and her companions, war veterans all, return to their planet in this adventure, at least for a while. Action-packed and humorous.
Cowboy & Injin Mystery: Two Cowgirl Adventure Novels
Series: Spirit Animal Box Set, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 117,400. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Western
Two revisionist western books in one. Cowgirls Rock: Laws are meant to save mankind from itself. The problem? Outlaws are beyond the law. Our cowgirl hero gets help from a livestock guardian dog this time out. Off Grid Planet: Will the hit & miss snipers win out? Will the Amish settlers find reach their goal? The dog gets in a mess of her own. Our adventurers ride camels across the desert.
Cowboy Dictionary: The Official Companion to the Spirit Animal Series
Series: Spirit Animal, Book 0. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Western
A companion volume to Barbara Neville's Spirit Animal series. The books are written in cowboy vernacular. To assist those who may not have watched enough Western movies, I have created a word list: coboy,Spanish, Brit, Hawaiian pidgin and more. Also, lists of characters, gadgets, outfits, and planets. Plus, an old map.
Cowgirl Adventures
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 139,260. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Two revisionist western books in one. Cowgirls Just Wanna Have Fun: Can even the toughest cowgirl survive? First it’s the shooters on horseback, then the bartender, then a lawdog goes missing. There’s a hanging. And a lot of snarky dialogue. Cowgirls Rock: Laws are meant to save mankind from itself. The problem? Outlaws are beyond the law. Our cowgirl hero gets help from a livestock guardian dog.
Cowgirl Thrillers
Series: Spirit Animal Box Set, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 137,570. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Western
Two revisionist western books in one. On the Rocks: Wanted, dead or alive. Can she hide? A young cowgirl, falsely accused, searches for a new life. There’s a big reward. And not much hope. Cowgirls Just Wanna Have Fun: Can even the toughest cowgirl survive? First it’s the shooters on horseback, then the bartender, then a lawdog goes missing. There’s a hanging. And a lot of snarky dialogue.

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