Carina Bissett is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and interstitial art. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Hath No Fury, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V. She teaches online workshops at The Storied Imaginarium and she is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at Stonecoast. Her work has been nominated for several awards and she was the recipient of the 2016 HWA Scholarship. Links to her work can be found on her website carinabissett.com.
Alexander Blackburn was born in Durham, N.C., where his father was at Duke University a teacher of writers, including such future luminaries as William Styron, Mac Hyman, Reynolds Price, Anne Tyler and William deBuys. Blackburn carried a passion for writing across his academic training at Andover, Yale, UNC Chapel Hill, and Cambridge University (Ph.D. in English).
After graduation from Yale he volunteered in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After stints teaching creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and world classics at the University of Maryland’s European Division, he pioneered in the teaching of those subjects at the new University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he founded and edited Writers’ Forum, a literary journal dedicated to discovering and publishing writers from the West. Blackburn has edited two anthologies of stories by Western writers, and recently he discovered, selected and edited Gifts From the Heart, memories and chronicles by the daughter of a Latino cowboy. Gifts was a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Book Award. Groundbreaking critical studies by Blackburn have also been published: The Myth of the Picaro (North Carolina), A Sunrise Brighter Still: The Visionary Novels of Frank Waters (Ohio University Press) and Creative Spirit: Toward a Better World (Creative Arts). His memoir, Meeting the Professor: Growing Up in the William Blackburn Family ( John F. Blair), identifies true educators as great-hearted artists.
The main thrust of Blackburn’s literary endeavors has been as a novelist. Kitty Pentecost, Suddenly a Mortal Splendor, The Voice of the Children in the Apple Tree, and The Door of the Sad People are available in original or revised form. For his work as educator, novelist, critic and editor,
Blackburn has received the prestigious Frank Waters Award for Excellence in Literature.
Jodi Bowersox has never liked being put in a box. Over the course of her life, she has been an actress, seamstress, designer, business owner, homeschool teacher, kid's choir director, and artist, so it's only natural that her writing would take on an eclectic flare as well. Her romance novels span genres from faith fiction to suspense to time travel to sci fi with small town and big city settings. In addition, she has children's picture books to her credit and a non-fiction Bible commentary. As an award winning watercolor artist, Jodi specializes in pet portraits, and as a seamstress, she creates women's vests out of men's ties. You can view all her creative endeavors, as well as read samples of her books at jodibowersox.com. Jodi lives in the heart of Colorado Springs with her husband and too many cats where they never get tired of looking at the mountain views.
Nancy Parker Brummett is a freelance writer, author and speaker living in Colorado Springs, CO. Her most recent book is Take My Hand Again, a companion guide for those caring for older adults. The Hope of Glory, a devotional guide for older adults, released in 2014. Nancy’s earlier titles include Simply the Savior, It Takes a Home, The Journey of Elisa, and Reconcilable Differences. She also republished a popular children’s book, Pobody’s Nerfect. A conversational style and genuine desire to lead others closer to the heart of God are the hallmarks of Nancy’s writing and speaking ministries. Visit her website at nancyparkerbrummett.com.
Margaret Brettschneider, writing as M.J. Brett, taught twenty-one years in Europe, with seven of them on the infamous Cold War Border during the "hot" times. From viewpoints of single, young married, widow, world traveler, and Army wife, much of life and research find their way into eight historical fiction novels, based in fact. History, comedy, and the difficult pieces of life all merge in books about ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. Read more about M.J. Brett’s work at http://www.mjbrett.com/.
Adriana Carlson grew up in the wilds of a wheat field, where she could sit on her bike and have the wind push her for miles without setting a toe on the peddles. She now lives in the shadow of a mountain with fairies in her backyard, and not the giggling flower type of fairy. More of the mischievous, camera-stealing, nose-picking, ornery, ankle-biter type. When she's not catching fairies or writing, she's crafting pictures and videos for clientele with very good taste. She knows the world is full of wonder. There are elves in the woods, and magic is everywhere. Visit her website at adrianacarlson.com.
Kameron Claire loves building worlds where heroes and heroines push, pull, and fight their way to the love and happiness they deserve.
As a third-generation veteran, she believes anywhere can be home, but has spent most of her life in Colorado and Arizona, which are just as much a part of who she is as her wanderlust spirit. She’s traveled to many corners of the world, and still has so many places left to see.
When not writing, she’s tackling remodeling projects around her home, seeking out new travel adventures with her gypsy friends, or snuggling her four-legged son.
LeAnna DeAngelo, PhD is a licensed psychologist. She is the author of a book, Maestro Satriano, a novel based on a true story about her great-great uncle, Pietro Satriano, who was the first musician to perform at Red Rocks. Kirkus Reviews said, “A touching, often comic tale of cultural identity, passion and artistic inspiration. An affecting portrait of an artistically gifted family.” See www.maestrosatriano.com. Her research and other scholarly activities has been presented in journals such as International Journal of Aging and Human Development, Journal of Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. She has been a lecturer or adjunct faculty member in Psychology Departments at well regarded institutions such as William Jewell College, Missouri State University and Arizona State University. She was mentioned as a nominee for an Ig Nobel Prize in Biology (no, not the Nobel Prize but the Ig Nobel Prize) for her pioneering research on psychological aspects of germs and contagion. The Ig Nobel Prize is awarded to researchers who create unusual, interesting research that helps the public get interested in science. She has also been a pro bono consultant for one or two episodes of Castle, Girl Meets World, Switched at Birth, East Los High and Days of Our Lives, and for movie producers Sergio Unmasky and Oliver Irving. In October 2018 she attended a conference at the International Film Institute in Cologne, Germany and gave a presentation, “The Psychologist as Script Consultant.”
Traveling the world with her family, Holly DeHerrera grew up as a military brat, who developed a love for different places and people all over the globe. Her novel entitled The Orphan Maker’s Sin grew out of her experiences living in Turkey during the Gulf War. Holly’s mid-western Amish and Mennonite roots color her point of view as well. She finds joy in the old stories and recipes of her salt-of-the-earth heritage that inspired her Middlebury Mysteries series, due to release later this year. From the ancient ruins of a Turkish castle-in-the-sea to waving fields of Indiana corn, her stories and settings are interwoven with her experiences. Holly married a native Colorado man and together they enjoy raising and homeschooling five kids.
Sandra Knauf has been a "Colorado Voices" columnist for The Denver Post and her work has appeared nationally in publications including GreenPrints and MaryJanesFarm. She's also been a guest commentator on the radio, reading her humorous, sometimes political, and often nature-themed essays on KRCC's "Western Skies" show (KRCC is southern Colorado's NPR affiliate station). In 2011 she started Greenwoman Publishing and has since published her own YA environmental-fantasy novel, Zera and the Green Man; Fifty Shades of Green--an anthology of sexy gardening stories that she says is the feminist/gardener answer to Fifty Shades of Grey; and, most recently (January 22, 2019), her memoir, Please Don't Piss on the Petunias: Stories About Raising Kids, Crops, and Critters in the City. She's also published six volumes of the literary/art journal Greenwoman, which has included work from well-known authors such as Amy Stewart, Joel Salatin, Bruce Holland Rogers, and Amanda Thomsen.
Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She takes a turn in the multi-author cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library. Working in the world of hazardous substances regulation, Catherine's stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains. The two worlds collide in Survive Or Die. You can learn more about Catherine’s fiction at catherinedilts.com.
F. P. Dorchak writes speculative fiction. Frank is published in the U.S., Canada, and the Czech Republic. His novels are Voice, Psychic, ERO, The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers, and his anthology, Do The Dead Dream? won the 2017 Best Books Award for Fiction: Short Stories. His short stories have appeared in the off-the-grid The Black Sheep, as well as the anthologies You Belong 2016, Words and Images from Longmont Area Residents, the 2012 The You Belong Collection, Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area Residents, and the online publication, Apollo’s Lyre. Frank can occasionally be reached in séances, and his website is fpdorchak.com. Don’t believe everything he tells you.
Bert Entwistle moved from Northern Illinois to Colorado in 1974 with his wife, Nancy and sons Jeremy and Chad. He has been a journalist and photographer for twenty-five years working in the western lifestyle, including writing about today’s ranch families, rodeo, bullriding and other action sports. He has won awards for his writing and photography, and has published hundreds of feature articles in dozens of magazines. For fifteen years he has written a regular western history column and feature stories for Working Ranch Magazine.
In 2013 he published his first novel The Drift, a detective story set in Cripple Creek. Since then he has published six more novels: Uranium Drive-In, The Black Rose Banker, The Taylor Legacy, New Mexico, Murder in the Dell, and the just released Leftover Soldiers.
You can find Bert’s work at amazon.com, blackmulepress.com, and on facebook.com.
Stewart Green, a Colorado Springs native, is an adventure travel author and photographer. Stewart has been a freelance writer and photographer for Falcon Guides and Globe Pequot Press since 1986 and has written over 40 books, including Rock Climbing Colorado, Scenic Driving Colorado, Best Hikes Colorado Springs, Scenic Routes & Byways California’s Pacific Coast, and Best Climbs Moab. His newest book is Rock Art: The Meanings & Myths Behind Ancient Ruins in the Southwest and Beyond. He was awarded the Pikes Peak Library District’s Golden Quill Award in 2011.
Visit his website at green1109.wixsite.com/stewartmgreenphoto.
Jessica Grey is an author, fairy tale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives with her two children near Colorado Springs, where she spends her time writing, complaining about snow in April, and drinking way too much caffeine.
Jessica writes witty, modern Jane Austen adaptations and Young Adult fairy tales featuring strong girls and magic.
You can find out more about Jessica's novels and short story collections at authorjessicagrey.com.
Lael Harrelson - Raised by a fun loving, atheist single mom who struggled with depression and mental illness I spent my childhood backpacking around Europe, visiting yoga communes, eating vegan, living on a houseboat, then an old pony express outpost in the backwoods of Montana.
My teen years took a drastic turn when my mom got saved, got married, and joined an ultra-conservative Mennonite church. Faith, step parents and unquestioning obedience is a dangerous combination when mixed with mental illness, legalism, and heavy handed physical correction.
I became a confused believer with a heart for Jesus but drowning under a sea of rules, regulations, and legalism. I became a missionary teacher and then a nurse and escaped to the mission field, the one avenue open to single women. I taught VBS on Indian reservations, led school for missionary children in Haiti and Africa. All around me was heartache and disease and glaring need. I longed to make a difference but was limited to working on the mission compound – teaching, cooking, cleaning. Work outside the walls of the compound was reserved for the men.
On a furlough, I met my future husband – a new believer who wasn’t looking for a door mat in a wife but a partner. As he grew in his faith, I reexamined mine and what Biblical womanhood looked like. Timidly at first, but then eagerly as I discovered a new relationship with Jesus Christ based on grace and not performance.
I left the Mennonite church and married the love of my life twenty years ago. We have five beautiful teenagers, two by birth and three through adoption from Haiti. My husband is adopted and God used the time in Haiti to prepare me to understand my children’s culture and language and ease their transitions home.
Two people in my family have mild Asperger’s and one has Reactive Attachment disorder, PTSD, and ODD. Our house is not a quiet, well greased machine but a chaotic, happy, crazy, nerve racking, love filled oasis where we all try to help each other grow and thrive.
I am so thankful for my life – the good and the bad. I feel blessed to have experienced so many unique situations and to love and be loved by so many wonderful and eccentric people. It is from these experiences I draw the fiction stories I write. I like to think of them as fiction with grit – fast paced and entertaining stories that make you want to read till the very last page while at the same time tackling real life issues – Legalism, abuse, divorce, adoption, Asperger syndrome, mental illness, etc.
Visit her website at laelharrelson.com.
Karin (K.D.) Huxman is the author of nine adult romance novels, two children’s picture books, and is a contributor to Apprentice Shop Books America’s Notable Women Series. She is also a published poet and short story and magazine author. Karin attended the University of Lowell where she obtained a B.S. in Biology. She served five years in the Air Force, moving through the officer ranks to captain. She ultimately earned an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Norwich University in 2001. Her picture book, Grizzelda Gorilla, won the Eppie Award in 2008 for Best Children’s/Young Adult ebook. Her most recent book is Colorado Coal Field War: Massacre at Ludlow, non-fiction for grades six and up.When she’s not at work at the local library, you can find her walking, working on her yoga poses, or trying to coax anything to grow in the arid climate of the Pikes Peak region in Colorado. Find her at http://kdhuxman.wordpress.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in several anthologies and magazines, including Space and Time Magazine and The Literary Hatchet, and her short story collection Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations is now available. When she's not writing, she's hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.
Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.
Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.
Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.
John Dwaine McKenna is the multiple award-winning author of The Neversink Chronicles, The Whim-Wham Man, and Colorado Noir. His latest, Unforsaken, has just been released by Rhyolite Press and is receiving great reviews. He’s a member of the Colorado Author’s League, and his newspaper column, Mysterious Book Report appears weekly in the Tri-Valley Townsman and online. He and his wife June are long-time residents of southern Colorado. Visit his website at johndwainemckenna.com.
Linda Nija Nations worked for almost three decades as a psychotherapist, helping humans make dramatic life changes when a life-altering fall from her horse led her to work with animals as an intuitive. Among her repertoire, she has assisted both humans and animals healing from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She reports that animals change much more quickly than humans, having less ego through which to wade. She coaches humans on their personal and spiritual growth, does animal communication sessions, teaches animal communication workshops, and presents to audiences on animal consciousness. She believes humans and animals are all an equal and integral part of the same vast universe. Through storytelling, she relates actual experiences she’s had with animals. She hopes these tales will enhance human understanding of all life forms. Visit her website at animalambassador.net.
From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to "fix" stories so the characters would behave properly. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she'd never read one. Odell prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." She writes the Blackthorne, Inc. series, the Pine Hills Police series, the Triple-D Ranch series, and the Mapleton Mystery series. Her newest release is Personal Assignment, the 9th book in her Blackthorne, Inc. series. .
Her short story collection, “Seeing Red” is a Silver Falchion winner, and “Deadly Engagement, a Mapleton Mystery Novella” was voted best short mystery in the International Digital Awards.. You can find her high (that's altitude—she lives at 9100 feet!) in the Colorado Rockies—or at her website terryodell.com, and blog.
D. L. Orton, the award-winning author of the Between Two Evils series, lives in the foothills of the Rockies where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops.
In her spare time, she's building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.
Nancy Oswald loves the west and writing about it. She’s a native Coloradan with a focus on Colorado-set historical fiction for young readers. She has also published non-fiction articles, a biography, and a humorous baseball, sibling rivalry story. Oswald’s books have won the Willa Literary Award, Spur Award, Evvy Award, CAL Award, and have had numerous finalist recognitions. Nancy enjoys gardening and helping on the family ranch where she lives with her husband, cows, dogs, cats, and one nearly human donkey who makes mischief at home and on the pages of the Ruby and Maude Adventures set in Cripple Creek, 1896. Visit her website at nancyoswald.com.
Mary Ferguson Page-Clay was born in Saint Pauls, North Carolina. The love and guidance from the people in this small town shaped her into the person that she is today. She graduated from Eastside High School and started her higher education at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. Mary received a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Central University, in Durham North Carolina, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Masters Degree in School Administration from George Mason University in Virginia. Mary’s experience as an educator spans over 40 years. She served as a classroom teacher in many states in the US and in West Germany. She was hired as an assistant principal at Washington GT Magnet School and later as principal of Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mary is the mother of three daughters and one son and also has four grandchildren. This busy retiree now lives in Colorado with her husband, Franklin Clay. She continues to advocate for children, as well as pursue a second career as an author of books for children. Mary has successfully published Preacher’s Coming to Dinner and The Mouse in the House. Her third book, in publication, is Timothy Brown is a Bad Boy with a Study Guide. This book is for teacher training and is to be used to assist teachers in having a positive relationship with their students. Although Mary is busy writing books and working in her church, she has spent time volunteering to work with children in the Colorado Springs community. She believes that children are our most valuable resource and are too important for us to ignore.
Susan Joy Paul is a freelance nonfiction author, ghostwriter, and columnist. Her books, Touring Colorado Hot Springs (2nd and 3rd editions), Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado, and Climbing Colorado’s Mountains, guide outdoor enthusiasts to hundreds of spectacular destinations. When she’s not exploring the backcountry or writing books about it, Susan ghostwrites commercial nonfiction manuscripts and pens local interest columns for the Woodmen Edition of the Gazette Community News.
Her four authored books were published by Falcon Guides, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, and her twenty-four ghostwritten manuscripts have been published by Simon & Schuster, Indie publishers, and self-publishers. Visit her website at susanjoypaul.com.
Dr. Frances T. Pilch is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy, where she served on the faculty for 17 years. She was awarded her B.A. from the University of Connecticut and her M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale University. At the Air Force Academy she developed and taught a course titled “War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights.” Her areas of expertise are International Law and Gender Violence. In fall 2017 she was a Visiting Lecturer in Political Science at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has served as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in South Africa and a Fulbright Scholar in Mongolia, where she taught International Law at the School of Diplomacy, National University of Mongolia, in Ulaanbaatar. In 2011-12 she was named the Case Carnegie Colorado Professor of the Year.
Julie Rasmussen is a slightly potty-mouthed artificial blonde, former president of a cartoonist’s company, and member of Mensa. Sometime in the early 90s, between drinking Zimas and stealing food from the cafeteria, she got a journalism degree and later spent years working in the newspaper business. She currently lives in Northern Colorado, where she can usually be found writing and speaking on New-age spirituality. I Didn't Believe any of this Hippie Dippy Bulls**t Either- A Skeptic's Awakening to the Spiritual Universe is her first book. It is currently available through Amazon and in 90 independent store in 10 states.
Dian Curtis Regan is the 2019 recipient of the Golden Quill Award, given by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. The award is given to an author who has shown "exemplary work in the field of publishing."
Dian has published many books for young readers, ranging from picture books to YA novels. Popular titles include Princess Nevermore, Monster of the Month Club, Rocky Cave Kids, and the Space Boy Trilogy—which has been a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the Colorado Authors’ League Award, and winner of an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.
Visit her website at diancurtisregan.com.
Author Sarah Byrn Rickman writes about the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), the women who flew military aircraft in World War II, and she has as unique take on the history of these extraordinary gals.
In 1999, she met and interviewed five of the original squadron of WASP pilots — all of whom went on to fly America’s fastest aircraft. Those five women were responsible for turning Sarah’s authorial aspirations to telling the WASP story — specifically the story of the 134 women qualified to “ferry” fighter aircraft. To “ferry” an aircraft is to fly it from one destination to another.
Sarah has eight books about these women in print: two histories, four biographies and two novels. Book number nine — her second WASP biography aimed at the Young Adult market — will be released May 25, 2019. She is currently writing WASP book number ten. Visit her website at sarahbyrnrickman.com.
Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a lifelong love of storytelling and heroes. Her search for story took her around the world with the Air Force before returning to Colorado.
Now she’s turning her lifelong love of storytelling into a career she loves. She has an MA in Creative Writing, three jobs, two kids, and more pets than she can possibly handle. She also plays the flute, makes crazy-good sculptures out of tortilla dough, and can wrangle the neurotic dog without getting mauled. Find her as Cindy Skaggs, Writer on Facebook, @CLSkaggs on Twitter, or www.CSkaggs.com to sign up for her newsletter.
Rod is a retired former Junior High School social studies teacher and retail manager. He is the author of six novels: When Pasts Collide, Reunion with a Killer (with Richard Edgerton), The Nurse and the Deputy, Return to Paradise, Picture Perfect Cruise, and New Beginnings. He now divides his time between more traditional mysteries and mystery/romance stories. Rod lives with his wife of fifty plus years, Joyce, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance novels. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and strong mystical males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Visit her website at tenastetler.com.
Vikki Walton is not a fan of dead grapes, but she is a fan of cozy mysteries. That’s why she loves writing her own cozies. Besides her backyard farming mystery series, she‘s working on a new series set in a small town in Texas (where she lived much of her life). Early 2019 she completed a rhyming children’s book in collaboration with her illustrator daughter. When Vikki’s not murdering people on paper, she’s writing nonfiction, traveling the globe as a house and pet sitter, and teaching various topics like work-quilting/entrepreneurship to adults.
The seven authors in this series are all in one critique group. They wanted to write a series together, so they brainstormed a concept at a Romance Writers of America conference. Since they all love animals, they created Dogwood, a special town south of Colorado Springs where the best things in life are rescued. So far, they've published two anthologies and four novels, with more to come! The authors are: Jodi Anderson, Karen Fox, Laura Hayden, Pam McCutcheon, Sharon Silva, Angel Smits, and Jude Willhoff. Visit the website at dogwoodseries.com.
Each year, we invite over 30 authors to be part of the Mountain of Author's Author Showcase. This is a great opportunity for local authors to gain exposure in the Pikes Peak region. Showcase authors have an opportunity to:
We are always looking for new authors and diverse genres! Other than book sale commissions, there is no fee to be a Showcase Author.
All spots for the 2019 program have been filled.