Sherry began her author career when she penned her first book, Taste of Tombstone, in 1998. It was her passion for food and history that led her to create that first book. That same passion landed her a monthly magazine column in 2009 when she began writing her food column in True West entitled, Frontier Fare. It includes details of food and related stories in the Victorian West as well as a photo of each recipe. She also has another passion where she researches the genealogy of food and wine! It’s called, Winestry. She’s also a food stylist where she makes food look even more appetizing that it already is.
She is the past president of Western Writers of America (2014-2016) and holds memberships in Women Writing the West, the James Beard Foundation, the Author’s Guild, National Women’s History Museum, and the Wild West History Association. Sherry is also a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Sherry is one of the original members of the Most Intrepid Western Author Posse. She and her fellow posse members were sworn in as honorary Dodge City marshals during one of their “rides.”
Sherry Monahan is the author of these published books on the Victorian West:
- Golden Elixir of the West: Whiskey and the Shaping of America, Coming October 2017
- Tinsel, Tumbleweeds, & Star-Spangled Celebrations on the Frontier, Coming October 2017
- Cowboy Cookbook: Recipes and Tales from Campfires, Cookouts, and Campfires 2016 Gold winner of the Will Rogers Medallion
- Frontier Fare: Recipes and Lore from the Old West
- Mrs. Earp: The Wives & Lovers of the Earp Brothers
- California Vines, Wines & Pioneers
- Taste of Tombstone, Winner of two Glyph Awards
- Pikes Peak: Adventurers, Communities and Lifestyles, an AASLH finalist
- The Wicked West: Boozers, Cruisers, Gamblers, and More
- Tombstone’s Treasure: Silver Mines & Golden Saloons
- Tombstone’s Self-Guided Walking Tour
Her next book is, California Madams, which shares the stories and sorrows of the women who ran brothels in the golden state. Release is set for 2018.
She is also working on When the Rich Went West, which is a true story of an aristocratic family who settled the rugged land of Lake County, California in the 1880s. Read a preview in this issue of True West magazine.
Sherry has appeared in several TV documentaries talking about life on the frontier. She’s been on Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies, AHC’s Gunslingers, and on the History Channel in many shows, including Cowboys and Outlaws: Wyatt Earp, she co-hosted an episode of the Lost Worlds: Sin City of the West (Deadwood), Investigating History and two of the Wild West Tech shows. She was given a Wrangler in the 2010 Western Heritage Awards for her performance in the Cowboys and Outlaws show.
Her stories have appeared in Cowboys & Indians, Tombstone Times, Tombstone Tumbleweed, Tombstone Epitaph, Arizona Highways, and others publications. She was also a contributor to The Best of the Best of Arizona.
In addition to her Victorian west books, Sherry has written three local history books on North Carolina towns. They capture the history of Apex, Cary, and Southport through 200+ images and historical details and recollections.