Nebraska Authors

Nancy M. Peterson

AKA: Nancy Mayborn Peterson

Born 1934 Scottsbluff, NE (USA)

Peterson's interest in the frontier era led to writing historical articles for various regional publications as well as her Western River Collection and two other books.

Places Lived

Scottsbluff, NE
Gering, NE
Lincoln, NE
Phoenix, AZ
Littleton, CO

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


History; American West; Native American Women; World War II


Scottsbluff Junior College, Scottsbluff, NE
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Freelance writer


Past president of Denver Woman's Press Club and the Denver Branch of the National League of American Pen Women
Denver Woman’s Press Club, Minnie (Sweepstakes) Awards: 1st Place Non-fiction and 1st Place Children’s Fiction, 1996. 1st Place Non-fiction, 1984 and 1990. 1st Place Adult Fiction, 1992, 1994. 1st Place, Poetry, 1987. 1st Place Essay, 2007.
Colorado Press Women, 1st Place, Magazine Features, 1983.
Mature Media National Gold Award: Magazine Article, 1999.
Western Writers of America: Spur Award, Best Short Non-Fiction, 1995, 1999.
Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group: Finalist for Best First Novel, 2014.
Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2022, Western Community College Area by Nebraska Association of Community Colleges
2022 Western Nebraska Community College: Outstanding Alumnus, October 21, 2022.
National League of American Pen Women: Biennial Award, Journalism , 1982,1986. NLAPW Colorado State Award, 1st Place Poetry, 1st Place, Non-Fiction, 1st Place, Juvenile Fiction, 1977. Colorado History Article, 1979.
Colorado Author’s League: Top Hand Award, Adult Non-Fiction article, 2004.
Denver Woman’s Press Club, Minnie (Sweepstakes) Award, 1996. 1st Place Non-fiction, 1996, 1st Place Children’s Fiction, 1996, 1st Place Non-fiction, 1984, 1990. 1st Place Adult Fiction, 1992, 1994. 1st Place, Poetry, 1987. 1stst Place Essay, 2007.


Western Writers of America
Colorado Authors League
Colorado Womens Press Club
National League of American Pen Women
National Writers Guild


People of the Moonshell: A Western River Journal. 1984.
People of the Troubled Water: A Missouri River Journal. 1988.
People of the Old Missury: Years of Conflict. 1989.
Voices of the Plains. 1989. (Audio cassette series)
Walking in Two Worlds : Mixed-Blood Indian Women Seeking Their Path. 2006.
Not to be Forgiven. 2013.

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