Vonn McKee remembers vividly her first glimpse of real cowboys herding mustangs into a pen outside Prescott, Arizona. She was a four-year-old whose parents had moved her there in hopes of curing her asthma. “I can still picture the riders and horses–bays, pintos, buckskins– surrounded by dust and sunlight,” she says. The experience (and, unfortunately, the asthma) never left her.
Inspired by seeing her grandfather stretched out on a sofa reading Zane Grey novels (some of which were passed down to her), she owned a complete ZG set herself by age eighteen. Vonn, who now calls Tennessee home, is incorporating her life experiences–and some of the interesting characters she’s met– into stories of the old West.
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