Mike Harris, Editor
Born and Raised in Southern California, Mike is an award-winning journalist and editor. He loves the West and the traditions of America's pioneer spirit. His father's roots go deep into Texas and Oklahoma, while his mother's side of the family reach into late 1800s Louisiana. Currently he serves as publisher for La Frontera Publishing, a publisher of fiction and nonfiction books about the West, and as editor for OldWestNewWest.Com Travel & History Magazine, one of the nation's leading eZine's about the West. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Fight On!
Melody, a New Mexico native, has a deep love for anything cowboy and Old West. As a member of the re-enactment group the New Mexico Gunfighters, she "shoots" sheriffs and outlaws every Sunday in Albuquerque's Old Town. She also is a member of the New Mexico Rodeo Association. Winner of two first-place writing awards, Groves is publicity chairman for Western Writers of America and public relations chair for SouthWest Writers. She writes for albuquerqueARTS magazine, True West and New Mexico magazines. Her non-fiction book, Ropes, Reins, and Rawhide: All About Rodeo, (2006 UNM Press) is a guide to understanding the sport. Her Colton Brothers Saga series, published by La Frontera Publishing, include Border Ambush, Sonoran Rage and Arizona War. A fourth novel in the series is underway.
Maggie is a freelance travel and leisure writer who spends part of each year traveling in Australia and the western United States. Born and raised in Australia, Maggie has traveled to such places as different as New Guinea and Vienna, Fiji and London, Brisbane and Bozeman, and many places in between. Her home base for the past 28 years has been Big Bear Lake, California, a resort town in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, and when not on the road Maggie enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and sailing.
Kenneth L. Kieser
Kenny is a man of the West, a Missouri outdoorsman whose family's history goes back to Jessie James, and even to the early days of Deadwood, Dakota Territory. He is an award-winning outdoor writer of 30 years with several thousand bylines in newspapers and magazines. His Western novels, Ride the Trail of Death, and its sequel, Black Moon's Revenge, are best sellers. He took over as president of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in October, 2009.
David Knudson is the Executive Director of the National Historic Route 66 Federation. He and his wife founded the Federation in 1994 to save and restore Route 66. In 1999, they spearheaded a Congressional bill that funded millions of dollars in grants issued to property owners along the Route to help them restore their establishments.
Paul Lasley has been a professional journalist and broadcaster specializing in travel since the days when flying was fun. His travel reports are heard daily on American Forces Radio in most countries on the planet and also at his Web site, OnTravel.com. Paul is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.