Not-so-tall tales of New Mexico
Barbara Spencer Foster’s historical novels often feature strong-willed heroines trying to make their way through an ever-changing West, be it the mining town of Tererro in the 1930s ( Pecos
Queen), a ranch in the Río Grande Valley in the 1970s ( Fire in the Bosque), or the Manzano mountains in 1912 — the year New Mexico achieved statehood ( Girl of
the Manzanos). These stories are based on real-life events and people the author encountered as she grew up in the state.
“I’m not really one that just makes up a story out of mid-air. Most of my writing is based on something that really happened,” she told The New Mexican in 2003. But, she also acknowledged, “I changed most of the names if they were modeled after people.”
She has also co-written a biography, Fremont F. Ellis: Last of Los Cinco Pintores of Santa Fe, about the (1897-1975) New Mexican landscape artist. In this endeavor she had the cooperation of Ellis’ daughter, Bambi Elizabeth Ellis.
Foster signs copies of all four books (published by Santa Fe’s Sunstone Press) from 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and at noon on Saturday, April 30, at Hastings in DeVargas Center, 542 N. Guadalupe St., 988-3973.