High Plains Fiction

Dr. Nishi O'Dell Giefer ('97)
Upon meeting Nishi O'Dell Giefer you immediately know what genre she writes about. Decked out in denim, a long-sleeved cowboy shirt, boots and a cowboy hat, Giefer lives the ranch life through and through. She has translated her ranching background into a series of high plains novels. Her 21st book was released last May and all are in the western mystery genre. "I love writing mysteries," Giefer said. "I get the same pleasure doing it as some people get doing a crossword puzzle as you try to put all the pieces together. I think mysteries choose me. I have always loved reading mysteries and if no one dies in the first ten pages, it's not worth reading."