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Karyn Follis Cheatham

Helena, Montana, United States


Karyn Follis Cheatham has been a research analyst, math and history tutor, sports' magazine editor, political media coordinator, print model, university adviser for Native American recruitment, rodeo phtographer, and choir director.

But she is first and always a writer.

Pleased (and relieved) to be of Afro-American and Native American heritage, her 1997 juvenile's biography Dennis Banks: Native American Activist was a Finalist for a 1998 Spur Award.
Karyn boasts two children (who are grown and gone), and she freelances from Helena, Montana where she shares at-home time with a dog, and two horses.
Literary Progress includes numerous poems and articles in national magazines, and eight books--five of which are still in print.
Karyn was rewrite editor for First Heroes for Freedom, by Marcia Bjerregaard, (Silver Moon Press, New York, 2000 - also still in print).
Her 18th-century children's title, Spotted Flower and the Ponokomita, was re-released in November 2001. Karyn give presentations associated with this book, telling audiences about the People of the Northern Plains before they had use of horses. The presentaiton was recently accepted to the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers' Bureau 2005 - 2008.

Books in the chute: Writing as Arryn Heath, Daughter of the Stone, speculative fiction, will be released in November 2004, from Whiskey Creek Press. (First book of a series.)

Completed Manuscripts: Where Night Awaits (out to an editor), Child of the Mist (second of the SF series)

Fiction work in Progress: Against the Odds (historical western/adventure)

Visit Karyn's website at
And buy books at

Interests: Speculative Fiction, western history 1800-1870, photography, research, web design

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • KANSAS DREAMER: Fury in Sumner County
  • The Adventures of Elizabeth Fortune
  • Nonfiction

  • Dennis Banks: Native American Activist
  • The Crocodile
  • Children's Literature

  • Spotted Flower and the Ponokomita