Amy M. Hale is doing the unthinkable. Just as ten years ago she walked out of her supporting role as ranch wife and started cowboying for a living, so now, as the author of five books, she is changing her name. Those books, two creative nonfiction, two novels, and one collection of poetry, can be found under Amy Hale Auker. Amy cowboys for the Spider Ranch in Yavapai County, AZ. She is having a love affair with rock, mountains, piñon and juniper forests, the weather, and her songwriter husband, Gail Steiger, who is also foreman of the ranch.