She tells the story of when she was young she once wrote a fan letter to John Wayne -- and she got an answer. Somehow the letter got lost in one of her moves from Central Illinois to Missouri, but she still has a life-size cutout of "The Duke" in her house.
So, it's no surprise that after she and her husband Bryan started HHP several years ago they decided to publish western novels and anthologies.
Their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Western genre recently paid off when High Hill Press won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America for the best Western short story, "Cabin Fever," by Brett Cogburn, which appears in Cactus Country III.
HHP was also a finalist for another short story, "Chouteau's Crossing," by McKendrie Long, which appears in the Rough Country anthology.
I took the photo of Lou (above) during one of our weekly critique group sessions. She's holding her spur and a copy of Cactus Country III.
If you are a fan of the western genre, check out the High Hill Press website, where you can find western novels and anthologies published by HHP.
And, if you write about the West, visit HHP for information about submission guidelines.