BilliJo Doll may not live on the Hi-Line anymore, but the author just can’t stay away from the setting of her new autobiography, “Yeehaw! Hang On for the Ride. ”
As a part of a larger tour in which she will be signing copies of her books, including her first three young adult science fiction novels, Doll will be at Creative Leisure on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3.
“It’s great being back here, ” Doll said. “I do love it here. I have a friend that calls Havre the best city in Montana.
“Another friend moved here in 1966 and said he loves it as much as he did then and I understand that. ”
Doll had to move away however, when her fibromyalgia made Hi-Line life too difficult. Her doctors told her she could begin a treatment of medical marijuana or other prescription narcotics. She chose, about a year ago, to move to Mexico’s “Happy Coast, ” between Puerta Vallarta and Manzanillo.
She said the weather there is much more amenable to her condition. Yearly high temperatures, ranging from the mid-90s to the low 80s, help keep her physical symptoms from becoming a burden.
“I just hate using the cane. It slows me down, ” Doll said. “I don’t have enough time for that. ”
Before she gets too settled there with her recently acquired resident visa, she has come back to the Hi-Line for the summer and is touring the places she got to know and love while ranching through most of her life, before that life changed to include chronic pain.
She was in Malta last weekend and, after this weekend in Havre, will be in Hingham on Wednesday. The last of the stops are back in Malta and Fort Peck on Aug. 27 and 28.
While the tour is promoting her new memoir, the signings should also draw fans of her first endeavours, a trilogy of young adult novels, “The Seekers, ” “The Marauders” and “The Overcomers, ” about the aftermath of a war lost on American soil.
She started writing that series just after 9/11 while she still lived on her ranch in northern Blaine County, partly to explore some of the ideas she saw developing in the War on Terror, but also to produce something of quality for her sons to read.
“The reason I wrote young adult sci-fi is that it is so hard to find good reading material for my sons, ” Doll said. “They were my motivation.
“I would interview them and quiz them on what they would do and how they would do it. ”
Since her sons have grown up and entered their 20s, causing her to lose “my number one resource for research and ideas, ” she has started another series about two girls “Alisa and Leah” and their travels.
Less than a month after the conclusion of her tour, Doll will be heading back south before Havre begins the descent into winter. While she will no longer have to return to the United States every six months to renew her visa, she does plan on coming back somewhat regularly, because you can’t take the Hi-Line out of a fourth-generation rancher.
“When I came back this time, when I got in I thought why did I leave here? ” Doll said. “I love the Hi-Line. I love the people. ”