Award-winning author and historian JAN CLEERE concentrates her writing on the desert southwest and the people who first settled Arizona Territory. Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers, the narratives of enterprising young girls who strained against the confines of their daily chores and conquered the west in their own style, was the winner of a Glyph Award from the Arizona Book Publishing Association as one of the best books of 2009, and a 2008 finalist for the National Best Books Award.
Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True Stories of Arizona’s Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits mixes massacres, mayhem, mischief and wild times when the law and the lawless were often in cahoots and no one was safe from the whim of a gun-slinging desperado. Outlaw Tales of Arizona won the 2007 National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest for historic nonfiction, and was a Finalist for the Arizona Book Publishing Association’s Glyph Award.
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women profiles the lives of women who displayed remarkable courage as they broke through social, cultural and political barriers to advance women’s roles. More Than Petticoats was a WILLA Literary Award Finalist, and an Arizona Press Women’s Communications Contest Finalist. Jan was inducted into the Nevada Women’s History Project Roll of Honor for her “significant contribution in the preservation of Nevada women’s history.”
She serves as Public Information Chair and sits on the Coordinating Council of the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail, an organization dedicated to linking women’s history to historic sites throughout the state, educating the public on women’s leadership and promoting women’s history. Her freelance work appears in national and regional publications.