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Hawkins, Julie

Hawkins, Julie
Birth City
Sioux City, IA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

I have written a series and a nonfiction book about the Civil War. Most are award winners. My husband and I reside in Colorado Springs and have lived in Colorado most of our lives.

Awards/Honors
A Beautiful Glittering Lie - winner of 2014 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award, B.R.A.G. Medallion, and honorable mention at LA Book Festival
A Rebel Among Us - winner of 2017 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award
Education/Training
I have a degree in journalism and have worked as a writer and editor for numerous publications.
Organizations
Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - International Women's Writing Guild - United Daughters of the Confederacy (associate member)
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
My writing process, my books, the Civil War, personal experiences and how they influence my stories.

Cutting, Atwood

Cutting, Atwood
Birth City
Los Altos
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author - Photographer - Publisher - Vocalist
Biography

This local author is both Kate Peters, (raised in California and Hawaii, a solo adventurer to Fairbanks, Alaska “to see a winter,” the pioneering wife and protagonist of Sleeping Moose Saga,) as well as Atwood Cutting, the fictionalized daughter and actual author of several books, including the historical fiction series about Alaska, and photo essay books designed "for areas of waiting." After leaving Alaska, and living in the Midwest for a quarter century, Kate Peters came to the Pikes Peak region in 2012, to re-immerse herself in the arts, and wade in some streams. Since retiring and moving to Colorado Springs with Tim, her husband of 40+ years, Kate has pursued her goal of producing a tome worthy of space on public library shelves. As Atwood Cutting, she is achieving it.

Awards/Honors
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Hawaii, 1972
Phi Kappa Phi, University of Hawaii, 1967
Gold Medal Soloist, Hawaii Music Educators' Awards, 1966
Education/Training
Stanford Elementary School; Punahou School Academy; Univ. British Columbia; Univ. Hawaii, BA 1972 Performing arts (Phi Beta Kappa); Univ. Alaska Fairbanks, art and music; Trans-Alaska Pipeline Construction Camp Bullcook; Homesteader on Kenai Peninsula; Alaska Pacific Univ. MLA 1986 (cum laude) Liberal Arts, Museum Education, Aesthetic Expression.
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Writers' Group at Brookdale Skyline Senior Living - Concrete Couch community art outreach
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Geared for the general public, Kate is happy to share stories and answer questions about pioneering in "bush" Alaska before there were cellphones. Topics might include: off-road transportation, construction without electricity, life without running water, rural communications, wildflowers, and the "end-of-the-road" syndrome.

Geared for high school teachers and librarians, she would also be pleased to discuss her "Bildungsroman" as a personal venture into Emerson's vision of self-reliance and Transcendentalism, the art of memoir, personifying the women's movement before there was a women's movement, and "seeing the elephant" of American pioneering lore.

Miller, Courtney

Miller, Courtney
Current Location
Westcliffe, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer - Author
Biography

Courtney Miller is the multi-award winning author of the seven-book series The Cherokee Chronicles which has received widespread acclaim in the Native American Community for authenticity and has received five international awards so far. Courtney has written over 200 articles for the online magazine Native American Antiquity. He is considered an expert on ancient Native American cultures. His newest book series, The White Feather Mysteries, is carrying on his award-winning tradition; the manuscript for book two, It’s About Time, was the winner of the 2016 Extravaganza Draft to Dream Book Competition. Courtney shifted careers from business management to writing in 2012 and now resides in the Wet Mountain Valley in Southern Colorado with his wife, Lin.

Awards/Honors
The First Raven Mocker - Beverly Hills Book Award, International Book Award, NIEA Book Award
Harley (unpublished) - Finalist, 2017 Draft to Dream Book Competition
It's About Time - Winner, 2016 Draft to Dream Book Competition
The Raven Mocker's Legacy - Book Excellence Award
Gihli, A Chief Named Dog (coming soon) - Finalist, 2015 Draft to Dream Book Competition
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
For topics, refer to: http://courtneymillerauthor.wixsite.com/courtney-miller/speaker

Oswald, Nancy

Oswald, Nancy
Birth City
Denver
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Cotopaxi, CO
Occupation(s)
Author - Writer
Biography

Nancy Oswald loves researching and writing historical fiction books for young readers. She has, however, written in a variety of genres including personal interest pieces, children’s plays, poetry, educational research, biography, and nonfiction articles. Oswald spent her growing up years in Denver but has lived as an adult in rural Colorado and the outback of British Columbia where she taught in a one and a two room school. She taught for 20 years in rural Colorado and is now retired. Nancy currently lives with her husband and their dogs, cats, cows, chickens, and one nearly human donkey on a family ranch near Cotopaxi, Colorado.

Awards/Honors
2017 Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner - Trouble Returns
2017 Colorado Author's League Awards Winner - Trouble Returns
2015 Spur Award Winner - Edward Wynkoop: Soldier and Indian Agent
2015 Colorado Author's League and Will Rogers Medallion Finalist - Trouble on the Tracks ​
2014 Cipa Evvy Award Winner - Insects in the Field
2009 Third Place Evvy Winner - Hard Face Moon
Colorado Book Award Finalist, Spur Finalist, and CIPA Evvy winner - Rescue in Poverty Gulch
Willa Literary Award Winner, Spur Finalist, and Notable Book for a Global Society - Nothing Here but Stones
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Please visit Nancy's website at http://www.nancyoswald.com/services.html.

McCraw, Doris

Pseudonym
Angela Raines
Birth City
Carthage
Birth State
IL
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Doris McCraw,writing fiction as Angela Raines, is an Author, Speaker, Historian specializing in Colorado and Women's History. Born and raised in West Central Illinois, she grew up on history. She likes to say it's in her DNA. After moving to Colorado, Doris spent many a day traveling the state, soaking up the history. She has presented at three of the Pikes Peak Library District's History Symposia. She writes non-fiction and poetry under her own name and historical fiction under her pen name. Doris as also worked as an actor along with teaching the subject. In her spare time she has taught music, speech and writing workshops.

Speaker Availability
Yes

Jones, Andrea

Occupation(s)
Writer - Owner of Jones Literary Services
Biography

Andrea M. Jones born and raised in Colorado. Andrea writes about people’s relationship to the land from a high grassy ridge southwest of Pikes Peak, where she lives with her husband and their two horses. Her nonfiction book, Between Urban and Wild, explores the beauties, contradictions, joys, and responsibilities of life outside the urban boundary. As the owner of Jones Literary Services, Andrea creates back-of-the-book indexes for publishers and authors. She blogs at www.BetweenUrbanAndWild.com.

Awards/Honors
2016 - Colorado Authors' League Writing Award - Top prize for blogging
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
No

Sutherland, Irene

Sutherland, Irene
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1959
Birth City
Rochester
Birth State
NH
Current Location
Monument, CO
Occupation(s)
Homemaker - Author - Seamstress - Hospital Volunteer
Biography

Irene Sutherland and her husband Scott live in Monument, Colorado. Irene is a native of New Hampshire, moved to Florida as a teen, married her high school sweetheart and has lived in Colorado ever since, minus two years when Scott was stationed at Loring Air Force Base in northern Maine. Irene and her husband have four grown, married children and fifteen grandchildren. Martin J. Delohery was a resident of Monument for many years. His dying wish was to have a memoir written about his immigrant parents coming to America from Ireland, his growing up during the Great Depression and how that influenced his attitude and values in life, as well as having served in World War II. Martin was well known in our community, once owning Village Inn in Monument, Colorado so that he could build the one on Wolfensberger Road in Castle Rock. He and his wife Dorothy were both instrumental in the building and expanding of St. Peter School in Monument, Colorado.

Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Springs Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Speaks about Martin's Memoirs, his stories, some of his family history, connections to Monument, Colorado history

Cowles, Ashlee

Cowles, Ashlee
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1984
Birth City
Ft. Knox
Birth State
KY
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
High School Literature and Writing Teacher - PPCC Adjunct Instructor
Biography

Ashlee Cowles grew up an Army "brat" and has lived in many places, but her earliest memories are of Pikes Peak and she always seems to find her way back to Colorado Springs. She teaches literature/writing at an online high school, and philosophy at Pikes Peak Community College. Her debut Young Adult novel, Beneath Wandering Stars (Merit Press, August 2016), incorporates her love of international travel and her lifelong connection to the military community. Learn more at her website, www.ashleecowles.com.

Awards/Honors
2017 Colorado Book Award Winner - Beneath Wandering Stars (Young Adult Literature category)
Irene Goodman Historical Fiction Pitch Contest - First Place award, August 2011, for Time Keepers manuscript
Paul Gillette Award (Pikes Peak Writers) - Third Place award for Young Adult Fiction, April 2011, for Time Keepers manuscript
Paul Gillette Award (Pikes Peak Writers) - Second Place award for Historical Fiction, April 2010, for To the Ends of the Earth manuscript
Education/Training
M. Litt. in Medieval History from University of St. Andrews, Scotland - M.T.S. in Theological Ethics from Duke University - Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Theology from University of San Diego
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
The Anselm Society - Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
How Military Brat Life Shaped Me As a Writer - GRIT: The Unique Strengths of Military Kids - Wandering Writers: How to Use Travel to Write Authentic Stories - Every Hero is Also a Pilgrim: Using the Hero's Journey in All Genres - Why Imagination Will Change the World.

More information available at www.ashleecowles.com/speaking-school-visits/

Eiman, Ashley

Eiman, Ashley
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1986
Birth City
Janesville
Birth State
WI
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Editor and Copywriter
Biography

Ashley Eiman is a professional editor and writer living in Colorado. She loves Downton Abbey, country music, and all things Jane Austen.

Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2008, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Glen Eyrie - General Palmer and family

Podunovich, Maggie

Podunovich, Maggie
Birth City
Minneapolis
Birth State
MN
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Former flight attendant - Self employed New Tech Medical
Biography

We have been in Colorado Springs since 2005, moving here from Castle Rock. I have lived in Colorado since 1967. I flew for the original Frontier Airlines for seventeen years when a back injury and subsequent surgery would not allow me to return to my flying duties. I still miss it. My husband Bob and I started New Tech Medical in 1982. We are independent manufacturers Reps in medical sales. At one time we covered nine western states but now Bob is semi-retired and covers Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. I am currently working hard at selling my book. In the late 1980s I found out that my aunt had saved a series of letters written to her by my father. They dated from 1945 to 1953 when he died. I was only six years old when he passed away so reading his letters gave me the opportunity of knowing just who this amazing man was. I was greatly encouraged by my sister to write a book based on these letters. It took me over 20 years to finish it and I think that the ending is just as it was meant to be. The title is I've Been Only a Shadow." One of his letters says, "I've been only a shadow in the lives of so many people." The book was published in late 2015. I have been traveling to the cities where most of the story happened and am now concentrating on Colorado. I'm doing a spot on the radio June 27th and am currently contacting TV stations about doing a short piece. I am passionate about his story. Had he lived, he would have told the story himself. I am very proud to be the one to share it. Thank you.

Education/Training
University of Utah - Arapahoe Community College - Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Castle Rock Writers Group - Pikes Peak Writers - Pikes Peak Writers Conferences
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Orphanages, child abuse, surviving extremely difficult situations and the ability to keep a good Irish (or whatever) sense of humor. The importance of family. How one woman raised four children by herself in
the 1940s. The power of believing in yourself and giving yourself permission to do great things. And, of course, flying... it's the best job on earth!