As a natural listener and a therapist, Milana Marsenich has witnessed amazing generosity and courage in others. She first witnessed this in her hometown of Butte, Montana, a mining town with a rich history and the setting for Copper Sky, her first novel.
Copper Sky was chosen as a Spur Award finalist for Best Western Historical Novel. She has an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.
My Pandemic Story: Montana to Oregon and Back Again
In the Butte, Montana archives, in 2015, I ran across an article about the 1918 influenza pandemic in Butte. The article stated that in three months’ time over 1000 Butte people died of the flu. The 1918 influenza was little known or talked about in 2015.
Idaho Madams uncovers the enigmatic and salacious lives of 30 women who ran brothels in the Gem State from the 1850s to the 1980s. As told by author Milana Marsenich, the stories of these women come alive with voluptuous detail, historical photographs, and the social context of the times.
Wings Like a Prayer: The Swan Keeper
The Swan Keeper, a western novel set in 1920s Mission Valley, Montana