Barbara Marriott

Barbara Marriott, Fiction and Non-Fiction Author, Speaker, Presenter

images-1Barbara Marriott’s insatiable curiosity has sent her tumbling into some unique adventures.  Her move to the west turned into several non-fiction history books including Annie’s Guests, the story of a territorial hotel and its guests, Canyon of Gold, a tribute to the Pioneers of the Santa Catalina Mountains, and Outlaw Tales of New Mexico which was awarded first place in the non-fiction book category by the Arizona Press Women, and a finalist by the National Association of Press Woman.  Her recent non-fiction books include the award winning In Our Own Words, the Federal Writers’ project interviews with Arizona pioneer women, Images of America: Oro Valley, and Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico. Contact Creede, her latest book, is an historical fiction about a woman’s wild romp through the mining camps of Colorado in 1893as she searches for a father who left her twenty years ago.

From University Professor, to Management Consultant and Trainer, to Creative Advertising Director, Barbara’s professional fields have allowed her to observe life.  However, it is her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida that gives her the tools to get to the very core of her subject, and to satisfy her unquenchable need to know. Barbara Marriott was elected to Who’s Who in American Woman, and has the distinction of flying with the Navy Acrobatic team, the Blue Angels.

Listen to my recent radio interview in Farmington, New Mexico

Put yourself in history. Get acquainted with the people, involved with the events, and immerse yourself in the times. Barbara Marriott’s nonfiction history books bring history alive.

9781611793789-cvr.inddBarbara’s New Book, Paint ‘n Spurs, Arrives March 8!

Four men walked into a bar and over booze, beer, and laughs created a powerful American art movement. Joined by fellow artist Fred Harman they called their organization the Cowboy Artists of America. Read More




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Tales from the Arizona Frontier told by the men who lived there. This glimpse into Western frontier lifestyles—particularly in territorial Arizona—portrays history from the perspective of those who lived it.  From outlaws and lawmen, miners and prospectors, cowboys, shepherds, and those who came to the state for its mineral wealth, the stories and descriptions offered by these Arizona pioneers in interviews with the Federal Writers Project become a powerful tapestry of adventure and men’s dreams. Buy Now



perf6.000x9.000.inddTake the Train to Tucson
It is 1894 and Leonarda Stanton Worthington is beginning the year in trouble. It all starts when she takes the train to Tucson to join her father, and gets involved with train robbers and a cream cake. Before she can get sand in her shoes, or poked by a cactus, she is caught up in murder and kidnapping by a band of ruthless western outlaws. Too much for Leo’s feisty spirit? Read More




Barbara Marriott Annie's Guests Barbara Marriott Canyon of Gold
Visit a Territorial Hotel and meet five of Annie’s Favorite Guests including Buffalo Bill Cody. Here, at the playground of the wealthy and famous, join in the western antics, drama and mystery at the Mountain View Hotel. The original Arizona Pioneers faced Indian attacks, drought, and bootleggers in the Santa Catalina Mountains. A ghostly hiker entertains you with stories, a gruff German becomes a millionaire and a pauper, and a star-crossed family plays out their tragedies.
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A spin through the history of the unique town of Oro Valley with vintage pictures. See the ancient communities of the Hohokum Indians; meet the original hound from the Hound and the Foxes. The Queen of the rattlesnakes, and an English Countess enhance the historical significant of this town. Meet them in original pictures. Arizona Press Women 2009 Finalist, Non-Fiction Book. A good old shoot-em-up filled with the bad men, and a bad girl from New Mexico’s outlaw days. A fun read and a must for lovers of the old west and of outlaw stories. Arizona Press Women 2008 First Place, and National Federation of Press Women Finalist for Non-Fiction Book.
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Welcome Aboard NAS Banana River. Join the base in its beginning as a small auxiliary station and grow with it through submarine attacks, a Bermuda Triangle mystery, and an assortment of humorous and dedicated characters. The United States Navy’s antisubmarine community has its roots in this little known base. From 1935 to 1939 The Federal Writer’s Project interviewed Arizona pioneer women, most in their seventies and eighties. Here in their own words they tell of the hardships, disappointments, successes, and joys of traveling the hard trail to the wilds of Arizona, life on the frontier, and the making of a state.Order this book from FireshipPress.com or Amazon.com.
A madcap trip through New Mexico’s history takes you to lost and found treasure, aliens from beyond space, and strange creatures in our own world. If that isn’t enough, there is a hint of heavenly intervention, and a passel of determined ghosts. Thirteen stories of historical facts that truly make New Mexico the land of enchantment. Who said history wasn’t fun. 1892–Leonarda Stanton Worthington (just call me Leo) is on her way west to search for her father who abandoned her twenty years ago. Along the way she meets trouble; Leo is shot, almost blown up, kidnapped, and saved from a disastrous fire by Bast Masterson. Join Leo in her madcap romp through the Old West.

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