My western persona, Kitty Le Roy, lived and died in the latter half of the 19th century, shot by husband number five! She was a gambler, dancer and good shot, and bristled with a dozen guns and knives. When not wearing mens' clothes, she dressed in gypsy style clothing. I chose her as my alias many years ago when I read about her in a Titbits Magazine (defunct long ago). Apart from her character, my granny's name was Kitty, so Kitty Le Roy I became.
Some years later I came across Captain Ellen Jack. She was British, blonde, another good shot, and a café owner, prospector and miner in Gunniston, Colorado, also at the end of the 19th century. She appealed to me more, perhaps, because I ain't no dancer like Kitty, but I do love my cafes and fancy a
bit o' prospectin'.
Sally Skull (or Scull) was a notorious rancher and horse trader, born in 1817, and plying her trade during the American Civil War. She was a terrifying individual. A brilliant shot, she wore mens' clothes and married several times. Each husband found her strength too hard to handle. She divorced or killed them. George Skull was the only one she really loved, hence her keeping his name.
Sharon Stone in The Quick and the Dead is a great role model and the closest I've found for the protagonist I've created for the novel I've been writing forever.
Back in the eighties. Haven't changed a bit!