In Her Own Write: Anne Hillerman Continues Stories of Dad's Characters

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In Her Own Write: Anne Hillerman Continues Stories of Dad's Characters


Brown, Ann, AZ Daily Star


Anne Hillerman is continuing her father's legacy with her own voice.

The daughter of beloved, award-winning author Tony Hillerman, who captivated readers with his mystery novels and nonfiction works set in the Southwest, Anne Hillerman is expanding the stories of characters Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito.

Hillerman will be in Tucson on Monday, teamed with Tucson author Susan Cummins Miller, at Clues Unlimited, a mystery bookstore, reading and signing her second mystery novel, "Rock with Wings." Hillerman's first novel, "Spider Woman's Daughter," released in 2013, became a bestseller and received the 2014 Spur Award for the Best First Mystery from Western Writers of America, among other accolades.

While her father, who died in 2008, created the characters and began their story arc, Hillerman has embraced them and has shifted the point of view, writing the novels from the perspective of female character Bernadette Manuelito.

"I love what Anne has done with the Leaphorn/Chee mysteries by giving Bernadette a stronger role and in so doing, providing a slightly different perspective on the characters of the two men," says Chris Burke, owner of Clues Unlimited.

"She has also done an excellent job of creating the awe- inspiring landscape of the Navajo Reservation. What she has done is taken her father's excellent mystery series, and by changing the focus created something new and fresh, and totally her own," says Burke.

Hillerman, an established journalist and nonfiction writer, had not always intended to pick up her father's mantle.

As a journalist, she was editorial page editor for the Albuquerque Journal North and the Santa Fe New Mexican, and was arts editor for both papers. She writes weekly restaurant reviews for the Albuquerque Journal.

"Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes," "The Insider's Guide to Santa Fe" and "Children's Guide to Santa Fe" are among her books.

Hillerman and husband/photographer Don Strel collaborated on "Gardens of Santa Fe" and "Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn," based on Tony Hillerman's books and Anne Hillerman's memories and impressions of trips to the Four Corners region.

In "Landscape," Strel's oh-wow photographs are complemented by his wife's comments on the history, mythology and other points essential to Tony Hillerman's novels. The introductory chapter to "Landscape" is "A Daughter's Recollections." The book also includes commentary from Tony Hillerman and brief excerpts from his novels.

In preparation for "Landscape," she reread all of her father's books.

"The first time (I read the books), I inhaled them," says Hillerman, in a telephone interview from her home office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "I had to find out how the story ended."

When rereading, however, Hillerman says she paid closer attention to the locations that would reacquaint readers with her father's work. She says she read her dad's books in a more cohesive way to develop a more personal understanding of what he loved. …

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