April 17, 2021
More feedback and debate on our questionable book title, Wild Women of the Wild West. My friend from Down Under, the author, James Mills, thinks I'm being a little too much of a Yank (is that like a Yanker?) and I should quit fretting and use the original title.
And, although my friend, the artist, Thom Ross, made a good point about the West not being as wild as the legend says it was (he suggests REAL Women of the REAL West), our mutual friend, the Top Secret Writer, had this to say about that:
"You better hope there's Wild Women in the Wild West, otherwise you are not going to be in business much longer."
—Paul Andrew Hutton
In truth, my interest in Wild Women of the Wild West, runs to these kinds of gals:
Whereas, Jana's interest lies more in this direction:
My esteemed friend and author from Lincoln, New Mexico, offered this:
"Whatever title you come up with it needs to be epic as the West is epic. I will be interested to see your listing of women and the balance that is needed. I do like Paul Hutton's suggestion minus the word Wild. Leather and Lace: Women of the West; or Leather and Lace: Women of the Frontier West. Frontier could mean Wild West and then ease into the settling of the West and the taming of the West. Including leather also applies to the Native American women or the tough ranch women who wore chaps."
I am confident we will find the right title and I thank all of you who offered one!
"Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn't make sense not to use both."
—Jeannette Rankin (Yes she is in our book!)