Western novelist Gene Shelton, a former Tyler Morning Telegraph copy editor, has written "Houston Madam," a fictionalized biography of Pamelia Mann, a pioneer settler of Robertson County who, among other things, operated a bordello in Houston.
Shelton describes Mann as "a rawhide-tough slip of a woman who defied the image of women in the 1830s. She could out-curse a teamster, carried a brace of horse pistols and a Bowie knife, was an expert shot and horsewoman who rode astride and was the only person to have backed down Sam Houston in a confrontation."
The book is set in the early days of the Texas Revolution, beginning shortly before the fall of the Alamo. Told through the experiences of Mann, it includes the fleeing of Anglo residents of northern Mexico into the Republic of Texas in advance of the invading Mexican Army.
Over the next decade, Mann gained land, wealth and notoriety. In 1839, she was convicted of forgery and sentenced to death by hanging. She was spared by an executive order from President Mirabeau B. Lamar.
"Houston Madam: The Story of Pamelia Mann, Texas Pioneer" is available from Amazon.com.
Currently living in Sulphur Springs, Shelton grew up in the Texas Panhandle and, as a young man, worked as horse trainer and ranch hand. He has written numerous books under his name and pseudonyms.
In addition to his time as a copy editor at the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Shelton has worked for newspapers in Amarillo, Dallas, Plano, Sulphur Springs and Longview.