Who is Michelle Tanner?
Good question glad you ask it, well glad I asked it. I guess the correct question is who was Michelle Tanner? In history, I do not think there was a Michelle Tanner. I made the name up for my stories. However, there were literally dozens of women like her in the old west.
I guess you could say she is a distillation of many women that made their way in the old west. These women in the period between 1860 and 1910 (or there about) were rouged individualist. Either living their lives as a woman dressed like a man or fooling those around into thinking, they were men. For my story, Michelle is a well-educated woman who moved to the west to be free. Free of the conventions of a stodgy, refined eastern society of the Victorian Era. Free to explore who she was, free to live her life as she chose.
Headstrong, determined she would move through her life with a keen sense of right and wrong. She will stand toe to toe with the men of the time and prove herself. The only person she seeks to prove herself to is Michelle Tanner.
I hope you like Michelle she had a real life model. Though she did not live in the old west!