In Gray Dominion, I wanted to give important roles to older women. Kath is a socially awkward but bright birdwatcher. She teams up with a local artist with guts. Both women are invisible to the authorities even though they discover and solve several crimes within Yellowstone Park.

One of the themes of this novel is how crucial a primary predator is to an ecosystem. During the 70 years that the gray wolf was absent from Yellowstone, elk overwhelmed the park. They grazed down new willow shoots forcing the beaver to leave, the rivers to run fast and straight, and the song birds to lose their nesting sites. With the reintroduction of the gray wolf the balance of Yellowstone’s ecosystem was restored.

The pen and ink drawings below are by Anne Curo, a San Diego artist. Thirty more of her drawings grace Gray Dominion while exposing the reader to Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife.

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