Laramie Award Winner
Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner
Photo by Kate Salokorpi
Rebecca Rockwell has a passion for the American West and its famous figures; subjects of her historical novels include Jesse James, the Dalton Gang and Bill Doolin. Her first novel The Outlaw's Wife was published in 2008, and her second, the Dalton Gang novel In The Shadow of Death Alley, was published in September of 2011. Her third novel, The Last Desperado, based on the life of Wild Bunch leader Bill Doolin, was released in November of 2013 and was awarded a 2014 Laramie Award for Western Fiction (Best Historical Western) and won 1st Honorable Mention in the Commercial Fiction category for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books. She is honored to have her second novel available for sale in the gift shop of the Dalton Defenders Museum in Coffeyville, Kansas. By day, Rebecca is the Practice Manager of Santa Barbara veterinary clinic Santa Barbara Pet Hospital, but she’s grateful to be able to pursue her passion for writing in her free time. She recently co-authored the memoirs of Hollywood Stunt Coordinator Mickey Gilbert (Me and My Saddle-Pal: My Life as a Hollywood Stuntman (available now on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com), and is currently writing her fourth historical western novel, Cimarron Rose. She has been writing fiction of all kinds as a hobby since childhood, but westerns are her passion. Rebecca is also an artist and musician, and a film buff (Kevin Costner's westerns are her favorites!). She lives in Carpinteria, California.
Rebecca's books are available from Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com, as well as her publisher Outskirts Press's bookstore (www.outskirtspress.com), along with other online bookstores all over the world. Locally, they are available from Chaucer's Bookstore in Santa Barbara and Tecalote Bookshop in Montecito. Rebecca was a panelist on the Historical Writing panel at the 2014 Santa Barbara Writer's Conference in June 2014, and she has spoken about her writing process for the Friends of the Carpinteria Library's monthly author event in Carpinteria. Press for her novels includes multiple articles in the Carpinteria Coastal View, a feature piece and cover in the Santa Barbara Independent, and an excerpt in Carpinteria Magazine (May, 2014).