Jana Bommersbach

ana Bommersbach is one of Arizona's most acclaimed journalist.  The Arizona Press Club has recognized her lifetime of achievement with its highest honor--The Distinguished Service Award. And the Society of Professional Journalists have inducted her into the ORDER OF THE SILVER KEY as an "inspiration to the state's media community."

       She has been Arizona Journalist of the Year and twice was recognized as the nation's top city magazine columnist.

Jana is a communications expert who has won accolades in every phase of her career: journalist, author, broadcaster and speaker.

Cattle Kate
Jana's Debut Historical Novel

The Century Old Legend
was Stronger than the Truth

      Cattle Kate is the only woman ever lynched as a cattle rustler. History called it “range land justice” when she was strung up in Wyoming Territory on July 20, 1889, tarring her as a dirty thief and a filthy whore.

But history was wrong. It was all a lie.

Her real name was Ella Watson. She wasn't a rustler. She wasn't a whore. And she'd never been called Cattle Kate until she was dead and they needed an excuse. She was really a 29-year-old immigrant homesteader, lynched with her husband by her rich and powerful cattle-baron neighbors who wanted her land and its precious water rights.

Now, on the 125th anniversary of her murder, the real Ella comes alive in Cattle Kate to tell her heartbreaking story. Jana Bommersbach’s debut novel bares a legend central to the western experience.

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A Sguirrel's Story
A Squirrel's Story

What Would You Say if You Could Speak Squirrel?

      Shirlee Squirrel needs a safe nest for her babies, far from the clutches of a menacing black cat! When she moves into a birdhouse designed to house wood ducks, she and her children create a cozy home in a North Dakota backyard. Raising her children under the watchful eye of the nice man and woman—Rudy and Willie—whose yard they inhabit, Shirlee teaches young Sammy and Sally everything gray tree squirrels need to know. Retold by award-winning Arizona journalist Jana Bommersbach, Shirlee's true story speaks the universal language of love. The book includes curriculum and activity guides that are perfect for home and classroom use—providing an entertaining and enriching learning experience. Whether readers speak cat, squirrel, or people, Shirlee's message speaks to the heart!

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One Book AZ
Trunk Murderess is the 2010 selection
for OneBookAZ

      Statewide voting has selected THE TRUNK MURDERESS: WINNIE RUTH JUDD as the 2010 selection for ONEBOOKAZ, sponsored by the Arizona State Library and Archives !!!
      I want to thank everyone who voted for my book. I know many of my friends went out of their way to contact their friends and associates and spread the word and obviously, all that paid off. Thank you, each and every one.
      This year, people throughout Arizona will be encouraged to read and discuss The Trunk Murderess, which was originally published in 1992 by Simon & Schuster and then republished in 2003 by Arizona's own wonderful publishing company, Poisoned Pen Press.
      I will be traveling throughout the state to attend some of these discussions and look forward to meeting so many more Arizona readers! The next event will be:

Events Around the State

   Bones in the Desert   
   The True Story of a Mother's Murder and a Daughter's Search

She was a beautiful, successful woman who ended up murdered and secretly buried in the desert; a "classic case of elder abuse" whose secret life and tragic death holds lessons for us all. This is the inside story of the living nightmare of Loretta Bowersock, the mother of Arizona's "domestic diva," Terri of Terri's Design & Consign. It is a story you will never forget.

BONES IN THE DESERT was released by St. Martin's Press in 2008 and is available through bookstores and amazon.com.

Read the opening chapter of BONES IN THE DESERT here.


Join Jana on SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at McCormick Ranch Pavilion,
7505 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ.

Jana will speak on Bones and sign books, with proceeds supporting DOVES, a shelter for elder abuse victims. The event is sponsored by a variety of groups, including the Area Agency on Aging.

Bones in the Desert debuted on October 1st at No. 33 on the top 100 nonfiction paperbacks sold in America listing. By October 15, it had climbed to No. 24!!

Jana's debut book, "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd," was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award and won Arizona's only literary prize.   

    Her commentaries for public television won two national awards, while her reporting on commercial television won a Rocky Mountain Emmy.

     She has been honored with the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award and by the Arizona Chapter of the ACLU for her leadership in bold, honest commentaries.  Besides, she gives great parties, is a gourmet cook, has never seen a hobby that doesn't interest her and is a fanatic about Christmas.