About Gail L. Jenner

Gail Jenner is an award-winning author of two historical novels, several western short stories and novellas, and seven nonfiction, regional, histories. Her most recent release, from Two Dot is SOURDOUGH BISCUITS AND PIONEER PIES, both a history of and collection of more than 120 historic recipes! Her 2016 release was HISTORIC REDWOOD NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS, from Lyons Press (2016) – which won a Bronze in the 2017 IPPY (Independent Publishers) Competition. She also edited/contributed to the 2014 anthology, ANKLE HIGH AND KNEE DEEP, by Two Dot. It is a collection of memoir/reflections by 40+ rural/ranch women, from all over the West. In its first week on amazon.com, it reached #3 in the Top List of books on Rural/Country Living.

Her first novel, ACROSS THE SWEET GRASS HILLS, re-released by Prairie Rose Publications in December 2013, won the 2002 WILLA Literary Award Winner for Best Softcover Fiction, from Women Writing the West. The story, a romantic historical, is set against the infamous Montana Marias Massacre of the Blackfeet.

Her second novel, BLACK BART: THE POET BANDIT, co-authored with Lou Legerton, placed second in The Jack London Novel Contest. It is the first and only fictionalized biography of Charles Bowles (Boles), aka BLACK BART, who was California’s most successful Wells Fargo stage bandit, an enigmatic man who later disappeared from history in the 1880s. In 2015, Gail appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Legend and Lies,” produced by Bill O’Reily; she appeared as a biographer on the episode on Black Bart.

Gail has contributed to a number of western historical romance anthologies, from Prairie Rose Publishing, including: LASSOING A BRIDE; PRESENT FOR A COWBOY; A COWBOY’S BRAND: FIVE WESTERN NOVELS; VALENTINE ANGEL and COWBOY KISSES. Her novella, JULY’S BRIDE, was released in 2015.

STATE OF JEFFERSON (Then and Now) CoverFour of the regional histories she coauthored focus on the State of Jefferson (coauthored by Bernita Tickner), including IMAGES OF THE STATE OF JEFFERSON and THE STATE OF JEFFERSON: THEN & NOW, both from Arcadia Publishing. THE STATE OF JEFFERSON: THEN & NOW placed as a finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Awards for Best Regional Nonfiction. POSTCARDS FROM THE STATE OF JEFFERSON, also published by Arcadia (coauthored by Bernita Tickner), was released in 2013. HISTORIC INNS & EATERIES IN THE STATE OF JEFFERSON (coauthored by Bernita Tickner), from Old American Publishing, includes 30 historical locations in and around northern CA and southern OR, plus a chapter of recipes from those sites. It’s history and photos, travel, people, and food — all wrapped into one volume! 

WESTERN SISKIYOU COUNTY: GOLD & DREAMS (Arcadia Publishing), and coauthored by Monica J. Hall, chronicles the history of the rugged northern California region from pre-contact to present day. Each of the Arcadia volumes include vintage photos, many from private collections. 

In 2011, Gail appeared on NPR’s “West Coast Live” with Sedge Nelson and on History Channel’s “How the States Got Their Shapes.” In 2014, she appeared on the PBS series “Oregon Experience” and in 2015, she appeared on “Mysteries from the Museum” (about the State of Jefferson) and Fox’s “Legends and Lies: Black Bart.”

Her work has also appeared in COLONIAL AMERICA: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SOCIAL, POLITICAL, CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC HISTORY (2006); and various anthologies for children, by TYNDALE and WORLD WIDE PUBLICATIONS.

Presently Gail is at work on a YA historical novel and another western romance. She writes monthly for NPR/Jefferson Public Radio’s historical “As It Was” series and for JEFFERSON BACKROADS, a regional publication.

Gail L Jenner Book SigningFinally, Gail’s work has appeared in various magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Country Woman, Range Magazine, Decision, Living with Teenagers, and many others. Several of her stories have been included in anthologies. She has placed or been a finalist in several writing contests, including The William Faulkner Literary Short Story Contest; The Chesterfield Film Project; the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Screenwriting Contest; the FADE IN Film Contest; The Writer’s Digest Inspirational Story Contest and The Writer’s Digest Screenplay Contest. 

Gail is married to fourth generation cattle rancher, Doug Jenner, and lives in a rural mountain valley in Northern California. They have 3 children, all married, and have eight grandchildren. Hobbies include: gardening; cooking; reading and historical/genealogical research for projects; working with her horse; entertaining family and friends; volunteerism at Fort Jones’ museum, the Siskiyou Co. Museum, and Fort Jones’ Library; traveling; music; and almost anything that comes along.

She is a retired secondary history and English teacher and has worked as a consultant over the years for the county schools department. She has been a presenter at a number of writing and educational conferences, including the California League of Middle Schools and Women Writing the West annual conferences.

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