Anne Hillerman came to New Mexico as a child with her mother, Marie, and her father, Tony Hillerman. She grew up in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, the eldest of the family’s six children. She received a journalism degree from the University of New Mexico and worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist before becoming a full-time author.
She is honored and delighted to continue the mystery series Tony Hillerman created. The Joe Leaphorn stories began with the publication of The Blessing Way in 1970 and continued through The Shape Shifter in 2006. Anne’s debut novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter, follows the further adventures of the characters her father made famous, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. It places one of Tony’s supporting characters, officer Bernadette Manuelito, in the spotlight to make the series her own. Released by HarperCollins, the book received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for the Best First Novel of 2013.
Her second mystery in the series, Rock with Wings, quickly became a New York Times best-seller. Set on the Navajo Nation in the beautiful country near Shiprock, New Mexico and in Monument Valley, the book involves a missing woman, a mysterious car fire, solar energy, a movie company, and an unexpected grave.
The third book, Song of the Lion, opens with a deadly explosion in the Shiprock High School parking lot, and takes the detectives to the Grand Canyon and a mediation to help determine the fate of a controversial development.
Anne also is the author of the award-winning Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, created with husband/photographer Don Strel, and honored as the best photo book of the year by the Mountains and Plains Booksellers.
In addition to working on the next novel, Anne is a director of Wordharvest Writers Workshops, a board member of Western Writers of America, and a staunch supporter of public libraries. One of her most prized invitations was the opportunity to represent New Mexico as a presenter at the annual Library of Congress Book Festival.
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(Photo of Anne at Coal Mine Canyon by Don Strel)