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Theresa Nichols Schuster is author of "Brittle Silver" and "We Are the Warriors" a 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book Award Finalist. She currently lives in southwest Montana where she appreciates the wonders of nature, family, friends, a bit of pottery.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Radio Interview with KGVM - Bozeman, Montana

Theresa’s interview with Joy LaClaire of Forthright Radio on KGVM – Bozeman on August 12th and 14th, is available to listen to at your leisure at Forthright Radio .

This 55-minute interview discusses Theresa’s two novels WE ARE THE WARRIORS and BRITTLE SILVER, as well as, sharing interesting topics from her three decades in Wolf Point, Montana living on the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Reservation. Joy’s searching questions also delve into the author’s personal encounters while living and working in eastern and western Montana.

Special thanks to Joy LaClaire of Forthright Radio, produced at Beyond the Deep End studio in Bozeman, Montana, and to KGVMfm 95.9 – Bozeman, Montana.

Theresa's novels can be found in Livingston at Wheatgrass Books, in Bozeman at Barnes & Noble and in Philipsburg at The Sapphire Gallery, The Sweet Palace, Bison Books and the Granite County Museum. Also on-line at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

#wheatgrassbooks #barnesandnoble #bisonbookstore #sapphiregallery #sweetpalace #granitecountymuseum #brittlesilver #wearethewarriors  

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Summer Events for Brittle Silver

The first half of the summer has an awesome schedule of Author Events and Book Signings across Montana for Theresa Nichols Schuster and Brittle Silver. Theresa’s recently released novel, Brittle Silver, is a time travel adventure set in Granite and Philipsburg during the 1893 Great Silver Panic. Theresa hopes to visit with many of you at these fun venues. A special thanks and appreciation to all those hosting the events! Following is the current dates and locations:

Sunday, June 11th, 2-4 PM Author Event and Book Signing at Philipsburg Brewing Company, at the historic Springs location at the end of Broadway in Philipsburg (event to be followed by live music).

Friday, June 23rd, 5-8 PM Book Signing as part of Art Walk, at Wheatgrass Books, 120 N. Main, Livingston. 

Saturday, June 24, 2-4 PM, Author Event at Bozeman Public Library.

Saturday, July 8, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Author Event and Book Signing at Roosevelt County Library, Wolf Point - during Wolf Point 100th Anniversary Wild Horse Stampede.

Enjoy some creative reading, writing and Montana conversations!

#philipsburgbrewingcompany #wheatgrassbooks #bozemanpubliclibrary #rooseveltcountylibrary #brittlesilver


Sunday, March 19, 2023

Montana Quarterly Magazine Review for Brittle Silver


I am excited and honored that my novel, Brittle Silver, is reviewed in the current issue of the Montana Quarterly Magazine. I am also delighted to announce that Brittle Silver is now available at Wheatgrass Books in Livingston, Montana. The Montana Quarterly reviewer reflects on Vic Keegan’s travel back in time to Granite and Philipsburg of 1893, during the Great Silver Panic. Along with Brittle Silver’s review are reviews of books from other Montana authors, as well as the Quarterly’s typical tantalizing and insightful articles highlighting Montana and the people of the Big Sky landscapes. The photography is a stunning addition to the stories. I am looking forward to more engaging interactions with readers and writers of all ages in the coming months. #MontanaQuarterly #WheatgrassBooks #BrittleSilver #Philipsburg #Montana

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Barnes & Noble Book Signing

Come join the fun and discussion at my Book Signing for Brittle Silver at Barnes & Noble, 2825 W. Main St., Bozeman, Montana on Saturday, January 28th from Noon to 2 PM! A few of my research and writing sources and tools from creating Brittle Silver will be available to view. Please stop by to have a book signed or to visit a bit. I will be signing copies of Brittle Silver, a time travel novel set in 1893 Granite and Philipsburg, Montana during the Great Silver Panic, and also copies of my first novel, We Are the Warriors, a 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book Award Finalist. 

We Are the Warriors is about a young snowboarder who moves to a fictitious reservation in Eastern Montana when his father is hired as the high school principal. We Are the Warriors dives into the mix of cultures, microcultures, and the challenges and gifts that these create, all within the amazing landscapes of Eastern Montana.

Brittle Silver invites the reader to experience the very real mining town of Granite, Montana, high in the Flint Creek Mountains. Here, Vic Keegan, from 125 years in the future, discovers the rugged, yet cultured life of miners, business owners and townspeople, a lifestyle that will soon implode with the growing Silver Panic. Her affection for Jago Pendarvis, the young Cornish miner, only complicates her shrewd deception. In this explosive atmosphere, Vic must face her fears and learn who to trust.

Age-old stories of love and loss come alive in this rich tale intricately woven with the real people and happenings in Granite and Philipsburg, Montana during the 1890s.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Brittle Silver is on the Shelves

I am excited to have both my novels, Brittle Silver and We Are the Warriors available on the shelf at Barnes and Noble in Bozeman, Montana! 

Brittle Silver is also available at Isle of Books in Bozeman and Butte, Montana!

After all the dedication to research and writing craft for years, it is affirming and delightful to have the generous and friendly support of local bookstore owners and managers. I hope many readers can be inspired by the journey of Vic and Jago. May the invitation to experience 1893 Granite and Philipsburg, Montana through Brittle Silver bring fresh insight and new questions.

Special thanks to the Bozeman Writers Group, Montana Chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and Women Writing the West for all their support, education, writing critiques, and friendship over many years.


Thursday, September 29, 2022

Announcing the Release of my new novel, Brittle Silver!


I am so excited to see my historical fiction, Brittle Silver, up and available on Amazon as well as other book distribution centers! The streets of Granite and Philipsburg, Montana of 1892 have come alive again. Sixteen-year-old Vic Keegan, after traveling back in time to the year of the Great Silver Panic, resolves to do whatever it takes to survive until she can find a way back home. Vic's growing affection for the young Cornish miner, Jago (Yah-go) Pendarvis complicates her shrewd deception. Meanwhile, the threats to the town and mine escalate as the silver crisis deepens.

My special thanks to all the editors, proof readers, family encouragement, and research assistance from so many people and organizations. I am so indebted to my dear husband, Jerry, who though he is no longer with us, was such a support to my writing and research. I will always remember him riding a four-wheeler in the Flint Creek Mountains, happily exploring old Granite and the many mining camps in the mountains.

Reviews would be greatly appreciated. Check with me about quantity discounts. I hope to give updates and more info. from all my historical research in future posts.

Brittle Silver available on Amazon

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Finding Thankfulness

Not like I felt like my life was already tumultuous enough in the past year and a half…then along came Covid-19...A bit like the raging Gallatin River during spring runoff.


I, and many of us at this time, have had to dig deep to find the positive, live the values we believe in, and cultivate a patience that often hides itself from us. One of my ongoing initiatives is to give thanks for the good, however small.

I was fortunate this past year to work with a freelance editor, Pam Glauber, on tuning up my Brittle Silver manuscript. Over a period of several months, Pam analyzed my plot, characters and story arc, and made suggestions. It was several more months of fits and starts, interspersed with challenges in my own life, to finally come to a rewrite that made me happy. I am so thankful for her vision and assistance.

Finally under 100,000 words, still historically accurate and interesting, yet character-driven and challenging, Brittle Silver is again ready for a round of hunting for a literary agent. This daunting and time-consuming task always leaves me shaking my head, but I hope for the best, and a match of interest and enthusiasm. Each submission is personally researched, tailored, rewritten with guidelines followed and details adjusted. All with the hope that my manuscript will find a home and a champion that can see the world of Vic and Jago and relive the days of 1892-93 in Granite and Philipsburg, Montana.

Thanks to Granite County Museum for some of these classic photos.

Other reasons I am thankful; for my husband to share these trying times with, for my family who keeps in contact through texts, calls, and video chats, for my friends who stay in touch. I yearn for more, but try to accept the current situation.

I am grateful for spring and summer and the beautiful signs of nature around us that continue to show forth. I am pleased I finally discovered that odd sound I have been hearing; the winnowing of the snipe, actually the wings of the snipe as it flies in the evening or early morning. Check it out. Truly amazing! I won’t tell you how long it took me to figure it out.

My encouragement is for us to accept and honor our feelings, whatever they may be...then to list ten things we are thankful for, no matter how small and simple. Peace to you in these days.