Annie Oakley

The famous feisty teenager who became America’s darling in the United States and abroad. Growing up and as a young adult, I always considered Annie Oakley to be a goody-two-shoes, sort of cartoonish character. It wasn’t until I viewed the PBS American Experience biography of Annie that I realized how wildly famous she had become and how much she accomplished in her career in a time where women barely got out of the house, much less made a living outshooting most men twice her size and twice her age. I also never knew that she spent countless hours teaching other women how to shoot and protect themselves. In my Annie Oakley series, Annie, accompanied by her “Wonder Horse” Buck, also displays stunning talent as an amateur sleuth, solving crimes in the Wild West Show and abroad.