Every stage of life has brought a new challenge to author Jane Rosenthal: award winning radio journalist, poet, teacher and most recently, real-life western cowgirl. The last being a lifelong dream come to fruition when she spent over ten years living on a horse and cattle ranch in the Sierra mountains of California. The ranch sat 3500 feet above the Central Valley floor, the backdrop for her newest mystery, Del Rio.
Following her adventurous spirit, she recently relocated to a beautiful area of Santa Fe, New Mexico, known in the native Tewa language as ‘where the heart water meets the canyon’. There, you can find her exploring the many cultural wonders the state has to offer including, Ghost Ranch, the Taos Pueblo, the ancestral cliff dwellings of Bandelier, and Santuario at Chimayo. After hours on her feet, she’s been known to indulge in a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs, Ojo Caliente.
When she’s not out touring the landscape, Jane loves to stroll through the beautiful Santa Fe Plaza, marveling at the stunning Native American art displayed in the old shops that surround it. On Friday nights, she and her husband take the gallery walk up Canyon Road, admiring the artists’ exhibits; often ending up at their favorite old watering hole, El Farol.
In the wintertime, she heads south to her beloved Mexico, visiting the many pueblos mágicos like Oaxaca, San Cristobal, Patzcuaro and San Miguel de Alllende. San Miguel de Allende is home to the esteemed San Miguel Literary Festival, an annual not-to-be-missed event that she faithfully attends. No trip would be complete without a stop off in exotic Mexico City, where she visits old friends and basks in the magic of CDMX. Inspired by the capital city’s diverse culture and thriving art scene, she chose it to be the setting for her first novel, Palace of the Blue Butterfly.
Most of her time, however, is spent in her office overlooking the inspirational, Georgia O’Keeffe landscape, working on the novels that bring to life the characters and plots that have kicked around her head for years.