Connie attended several universities and has worked many jobs, day camp counselor (translation: rounding up and corralling preschoolers during the summer), bank proof and transit operator, life and health underwriter, phlebotomist, and medical technologist. But nothing satisfies her like writing.
She’s a member of YARWA (young adult) and Kiss of Death, both subchapters of Romance Writers of America. It has been her pleasure to serve for several years as one of the coordinators of the Daphne (named for Daphne duMaurier and sponsored by KOD), a writing contest for both published and unpublished authors.
Connie is a 2008 Golden Heart finalist and has won or been a finalist in several other contests for her writing.
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Lakota Dreaming
5. The inspiration for Lakota Dreaming came from the independent film, Unbowed. The film takes place immediately after the Civil War and is the love story between a black female school teacher and a Native American prisoner.
4. Connie’s critique partners said she channeled Lakota Dreaming because it was written faster than any of her other novels and the scenes came to her so easily.3. In the first version of the book, John Iron Hawk was not a policeman but a tracker.
2. John Iron Hawk’s name was originally John Deerwalker until Connie discovered Deerwalker was Cherokee surname not Sioux. Native Americans historically did not have surnames. Once they were placed on reservations this was a way of acculturating them into “American society.”1. I loved writing this book. It blends my love of history, and psychology into the genre I love—mystery.
Lakota Dreaming is Connie’s first adult contemporary mystery. It was self-published in April and is available both digitally and in print. A historical prequel to Lakota Dreaming will be available in late September.
Fired from her job as Editor-in- chief of a New York fashion magazine, Zora Hughes travels to a South Dakota Indian Reservation. She hopes to find answers to lifelong dreams her psychiatrist calls genetic memories. Zora dreams of a female ancestor who fled life as a slave and was aided in her journey to freedom by a Sioux warrior who would become her husband.
On the reservation, Zora meets Sheriff John Iron Hawk who aids and sometimes hinders her in her quest to finds answers to the murder of her forebearer.
Zora sees the parallel between her life and that of her long dead ancestor's. Try as she might, she can't resist the lure of loving John Iron Hawk, a contemporary Sioux warrior.
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