Horror

Herbert, Amber

Herbert, Amber
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1993
Birth City
Anaheim
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer - editor
Biography

Amber Herbert is a published author/poet living in Colorado Springs with her husband and two sons. She has a BA in English Literature and has worked as a freelance editor since 2018. She writes high fantasy, horror, science fiction, and YA and New Adult fiction. Lipstick Covered Magnet is her first novel.

Education/Training
BA in English Literature - developmental and copy editor since 2018 - judge for Colorado Book Awards and the Colorado Gold contest
Published Works Book Jackets
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Book cover for Lipstick Covered Magnet by Amber Herbert
Organizations
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I am more than happy to speak about writing, editing, or critiquing fiction.

Bergling, Christina

Christina Bergling
Birth City
Colorado Springs
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author, Solutions Architect, Engagement Manager
Biography

Christina Bergling has been writing since childhood. She has written a variety of styles. A blog from Iraq, software user guides for software, articles for a numismatist magazine. More than anything, she is a horror author.

In college at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, she pursued a professional writing degree and started publishing small scale. It all began with “How to Kill Yourself Slowly.”

Crystal Lake released her latest novel, Followers. Limitless Publishing published her novel The Rest Will Come. HellBound Books published her two novellas, Savages and The Waning. She co-wrote Screechers with Kevin J. Kennedy. She is also featured in numerous anthologies, including Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, Demonic Wildlife, Colorado’s Emerging Authors, and Graveyard Girls.

Bergling was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She lives with her family in Colorado and spends her non-writing time working in IT, hiking mountains, dancing, and sucking all the marrow out of life.

Education/Training
BA in English with an emphasis in Professional Writing from UCCS, 2005
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
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Followers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Anything though I have previously focused on the writing/publishing process and the horror genre

Converse, Brian

Converse, Brian
Birth City
Jackson
Birth State
MI
Current Location
Monument, Colorado
Occupation(s)
Proposal Manager
Biography

Brian S. Converse is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry. He lives with his wife, four kids, and two animals in the Front Range area of Colorado. Brian assists with the Teen Writing program at the Monument library every month. Brian is a US Army Veteran and grew up in Michigan.

Education/Training
BA, English, University of San Diego
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Writing - Self-publishing - Publishing

Lawrence, Shannon

Lawrence, Shannon
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty anthologies and magazines, and her three solo horror short story collections and her nonfiction title, The Business of Short Stories, are available now. You can also find her as a co-host of the podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem. 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.

Published Works Book Jackets
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Bruised Souls
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Blue Sludge Blues
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Happy Ghoulidays
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business of short stories
Organizations
Horror Writers Association, Colorado Authors League, Pikes Peak Writers, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I do workshops on short stories, business tips for writers, the building blocks of horror, critique groups, building suspense, self-publishing, and using the senses in writing.

Casale, Nicholas

Nicholas Casale
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1985
Birth City
Vendenbergh Air Force Bace
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Paralegal
Biography

Nicholas S. Casale grew up in Palmer Lake, which is a small town in Colorado. Shortly thereafter, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and began working as a paralegal.

From a young age he was attracted to history, myth, religion, and spent several years searching for the religion that best matched his personal beliefs; he is now a practicing Messianic Jew and is happily married to the woman who taught him Hebrew.

He first started writing stories when he was 6 years old. He invented a simple character named "Mousey," who was a mouse and a wizard. While his stories have grown more sophisticated since then, he has always had a love for the themes of that original story; the idea that the weak may overcome the strong through cleverness and imagination.

Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The Novels - History - Mythology - Religion

Bryan, John

Bryan, John
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1956
Birth City
Chickasha
Birth State
OK
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Entertainer and author
Biography

John Bryan is a writer, composer, musician, actor and illusionist. He has lived in Colorado Springs, CO since 1984 with his wife Michèle and is the proud father of two sons, Erik and Alex. He is the author of the novel Dark Brother and will soon be releasing short story collection entitled Side Streets and Dark Alley and another full length novel entitled Seeking Jack.

Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
International Brotherhood of Magicians
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Making fiction real - Where ideas come from

Ikenberry, Kevin

Ikenberry, Kevin
Biography

Kevin Ikenberry still wants to be an astronaut. As an adult, he’s managed the U.S. Space Camp program and operated two Challenger Learning Centers, and is a retired Army space operations officer. His science fiction Sleeper Protocol, which Publisher’s Weekly called “an emotionally powerful debut,” was released in January 2016 and is the first of a series. Kevin writes mainly science fiction with a strong military bent, but he also writes horror and romance. He makes his home in Colorado with his family.

Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes

Evans, J.T.

Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Software engineer
Biography

J.T. moved to Colorado Springs in 1998 with his beautiful wife. J.T. is originally from west Texas, and his wife is from northwest Montana. They found Colorado Springs to be a perfect place to live and it landed them halfway between their two home towns.

Education/Training
Master of Science in Information Assurance, Regis University - Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Regis University
Local Authors Genres
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Organizations
Past President, Pikes Peak Writers - Past President, Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Computer security - Hero's Journey - Pitching, Query letters, loglines

Bigelow, Brian

Bigelow, Brian
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1965
Birth City
Dubuque
Birth State
IA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Retail clerk
Biography

Author Brian Bigelow is originally from Minnesota and currently lives in Colorado with his wife Brandy. He is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, and fantasy and has, for over 30 years, also written poetry which has been published worldwide. His most recent release is the classic fantasy novel, Beyond Realms.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
No