Cowgirl Days, Frybread Nights is a tale of adventure and self-discovery. When a bored newspaper editor living in inner-city Nashville finds a token coin with a picture of an eagle on one side and the words "No Cash Value" on the other, she takes it as a sign that she should pack up her daughter and dog and follow her bliss 2,000 miles across the United States so she can live on an Indian reservation and write about the Navajo uranium legacy. Who knew there was black witchcraft and white witchcraft and people running around at night in animal skins?
Kathy Helms' career as a writer began in a small town in Upper East Tennessee when she was a teenager and sold a story to American Girl magazine about her disastrous first date. When she received a check for $10, simply for writing, she figured it beat working in a factory and decided to make a career of it, despite her mother's protestations that journalism was "witchcraft." She has since become an award-winning investigative reporter.