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.
At my second wedding, a guest asked my mother if she cried. My mother wore her oxygen tank over a champagne-colored dress. Her lungs filled with fluid. She moved slowly and with caution. “How could I cry when she looks so happy?” she said. As she was too sick to...
In January of 2020, the Belgrade, MT Chapter of PEO International invited me to do a presentation about my novel, Copper Sky, and the history of Butte, Montana.
Molly B’Damn in Murray, Idaho On a fall trip from Polson, Montana to Walla Walla, Washington for a Women Writing the West conference, I stopped by Wallace, Idaho, one of Idaho’s famous mining towns. It is also one of the West’s most famous Red Light Districts. I was...