Born in White Sulphur Springs, Mont. in 1939, Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front where many of his stories are set. A writer of fiction and non-fiction, he has worked as a ranch hand, newspaper man, and a magazine editor. He obtained bachelors and masters degrees in journalism from Northwestern University, a Ph.D. in history from University of Washington, and holds honorary doctorates at Montana State University and Lewis and Clark College. His non-fiction works include This House of Sky (a National Book Award finalist in 1978), Winter Brothers (1980), and Heart Earth (1993). Fiction titles include English Creek (1984), Dancing at the Rascal Fair (1987), and Bucking the Sun.