Jeffrey Marshall


Jeffrey Marshall is a writer and retired journalist who lives in Scottsdale, AZ. He has been published widely in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly and Crain’s New York Business. Marshall has been a newspaper reporter and editor, book reviewer, columnist and freelance writer, as well as editor-in-chief of two national business magazines. While this is his debut novel, he wrote a book about community reinvestment in 1991 and published a volume of collected poems in 2009. He was a winner or co-winner of a number of editorial awards for magazine writing and design.
Marshall grew up in Connecticut and spent virtually all of his professional life in New Jersey and New York. He has an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern. He continues to write, mostly about environmental issues, and serves on the board of a local land conservation group in the Phoenix area. Hobbies and leisure pursuits include tennis, golf, hiking, word games, movies, trivia, trying new restaurants and travel.

Smashwords Interview

Why write a book about Annie Oakley?
She's a fascinating figure in a wonderful period in American history, before moving images (mostly, anyway) and when the West was truly the frontier. I started to research a book about Buffalo Bill Cody and quickly realized two things: 1) There is a lot written about Cody and his Wild West Show, both fiction and non-fiction, and 2) Annie Oakley really was the star of the show, and was an international celebrity who wowed them in Europe. I didn't really know much about her and her life, and as a former journalist, my curiosity was piqued.
The book marries fiction and biography - can you really put them together?
I think you can. The novel is structured largely as a narrative, written in the third person without any interior monologue. It's a quick and breezy read with a strong narrative flow, yet gives readers a strong sense of Annie and her times. Its principal focus is on the years she spent with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the fame and acclaim it brought her. A secondary and very important emphasis is on the loving marriage between Annie and her manager and husband of 50 years, Frank Butler.
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Little Miss Sure Shot: Annie Oakley's World
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,720. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
'little miss sure shot" re-creates the life of legendary sharpshooter annie oakley. the book is framed largely around actual events and timelines but imagines the places she saw, conversations she had and people she met. the novel spotlights annie’s years with buffalo bill’s wild west show, which catapulted her to international fame in the late 1880s, and details some of her amazing skills.

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