Romance

Porter, I'Sha'Keyva

Author I'Sha'Keyva Porter
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1993
Birth City
Richmond Heights
Birth State
MO
Current Location
Colorado Springs CO
Occupation(s)
Writer, baker, and customer service rep
Biography

Though I was not born here, Colorado is my home and has been since the age of 4. I started writing early; at that time I enjoyed seeing others response to the stories I told, I didn't realize writing was a part of me, and the thing that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Now that I am older, I have set goals, and I am reaching them. As a writer, I hope and plan to go far. I look forward to stealing hearts and captivating the mind with amazing stories.

Local Authors Genres
Organizations
GoodNovel.com
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
My journey as a new writer coming out of the shadows, finding my way, working through self-doubt, and gaining confidence.

DeSye, Davyne

DeSye, Davyne
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1963
Birth City
Frankfurt, DE
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Davyne spent her life traveling the world and has lived in Germany, Bolivia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. She came to Colorado in 1993 and now writes from a cozy spot nestled at the base of the Pikes Peak in beautiful Colorado Springs. One of the settings in her book, Phantom Rising, is loosely based on Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs.

Awards/Honors
Reader's Favorite Five-Star Rating (For Love of the Phantom)
Reader's Favorite Five-Star Rating (Phantom Rising)
Education/Training
Juris Doctorate, 1992
Bachelor of Science - Decision Studies/Computer Science, 1987
Associate of Science - Business Administrations, 1987
Associate of Science - General Studies, 1987
Organizations
Member, Romance Writers of America
Member, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Member, Colorado Bar Association
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Various aspects of writing

Teller, JB

Pseudonym
JB Teller
Birth City
Portland
Birth State
TX
Current Location
Monument, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

I live in Monument, CO. My husband went to the Air Force Academy and we own a centennial ranch in Collbran, CO. I am a fiction writer and a South Texas native.

After moving to Europe for three years, I returned and was fortunate to have lived in many U.S. cities. I called the Bay Area home for ten years before settling in colorful Colorado. I am an animal lover with four dogs and a rescue cat. Most days I write, but on the off chance I'm not, you can find me trying new foods or going on adventures. I am a self-proclaimed music trivia champion, inventor of Dirty Scrabble, and a Mini Cooper enthusiast.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
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No Alcohol Beyond This Point
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Open Bar
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I am willing to speak about my books, the process of writing, and publishing.

Hayden, Laura

Pseudonym
Elle Vaughn
Birth City
Birmingham
Birth State
AL
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author and bookseller
Biography

Brought to the Springs twice thanks to the Air Force, Laura and her family returned for a third time for keeps. Originally from Alabama, she's the author of fourteen novels, and eight short stories/novellas. She also writes as "Elle Vaughn" in collaboration with Yvonne Jocks and Evelyn Vaughn. In addition, she's the owner of Author, Author! and supplies authors with their own books at deep discounts. 

Awards/Honors
Golden Heart Winner, 1993
Education/Training
BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama
Organizations
* Past President and Founder of Pikes Peak Writers
* Ten-time director of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference
* Member, Mystery Writers of America
* Member, Novelists Inc.
* Member and faculty, Superstars Writing Seminars
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
* Creativity: Thinking Outside of the Box
* The Subliminal Writer: Using music to influence your writing
* Reverse Engineering your Suspense/Mystery Plot

Artzberger, Jodi

Artzberger, Jodi
Birth City
Camp Hill
Birth State
PA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Jodi writes inspirational romantic suspense stories that are Gospel centered and intertwined with God's love and plan of redemption. Her passion for the Word has led her to teach women how to study their Bibles for themselves. She loves living in beautiful Colorado with her wonderful husband, two awesome boys, and rescue dogs. In her spare time, you can find her playing with her latest kitchen gadget and exploring where God has graciously place her in Colorado.

Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
American Christian Fiction Writers - American Christian Fiction Writers Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability
No

Kunkel, Donna

Author Donna Kunkel
Birth City
Cincinnati
Birth State
OH
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

Donna Kunkel is a paranormal romance author. Within the pages of her tales, you can visit with witches, wizards, shape-shifters, and other fantasy creatures. Figurines of the magic realm surround her computer for inspiration. She lives at the edge of the Colorado mountains with her husband of many years and her two dogs. When not writing, you can find her browsing the fabric shops for her next quilt, stitching Japanese embroidery, or curled up with a good book. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, at Lake Tahoe, or relaxing on a beach in Hawaii.

Education/Training
BSME - MSIE - MSE
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
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Cover of Australia Burns: Show Australia Some Love
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Cover of Magic in the Mountains by Donna Kunkel
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Cover of Magical Pistachio Macarons by Donna Kunkel
Organizations
Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Not giving up when faced with rejections

Decker, Cassie

Decker, Cassie
Birth City
Hampton
Birth State
VA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Cassie Decker started writing love stories after she read her first romance novel in high school and instantly fell in love with falling in love. She believes everyone deserves a happily ever after, whether the men in her stories rope cattle in the rodeo, live in a tropical paradise, or are just trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Although Cassie wasn't born in Colorado, she grew up here - Pueblo West specifically - and never wants to leave the most beautiful state in the U.S.

Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts, Biology - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Local Authors Genres
Speaker Availability
No

Kingston, A.R.

Kingston, A.R.
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

A.R Kingston was born in Moscow, Russia. She immigrated to the United States in her childhood settling in a quaint town in Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has spent time working with the mentally ill before turning to writing. Kingston is both an avid gamer and seasoned traveler. Her passion is combining the legends and lore from around the world with the fantasy of games, creating a magical world similar to our own. She prefers to write stories which blend the genres of Fantasy, Horror, and Romance into a neat little package. She currently resides in the Colorado Springs area of Colorado with her family, including two pot belly pigs.

Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Please contact author via author website for a list of speaker topics.

Mathis, Susan G.

Mathis, Susan G.
Biography

Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Susan has been published more than twenty-five times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books. She has nine in her fiction line including, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, Katelyn’s Choice, Devyn’s Dilemma, Sara’s Surprise, Reagan’s Reward, Colleen’s Confession, Peyton’s Promise, and Rachel’s Reunion. Mary’s Moment comes out May 12, 2023, and book eleven, A Summer at Thousand Island House, comes out in July. She is also a published author of two premarital books, two children's picture books, seven stories in compilation books, and hundreds of published articles. Her book awards include two Illumination Book Awards, three American Fiction Awards, two Indie Excellence Book Awards, and two Literary Titan Book Awards. Reagan’s Reward is a Selah Awards finalist.

Susan is also a published author of two premarital books, two children’s picture books, stories in a dozen compilations, and hundreds of published articles. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs and enjoys traveling around the world but returns each summer to enjoy the Thousand Islands.

Visit www.SusanGMathis.com/fiction for more.

Awards/Honors
Finalist in the Indie Excellence Award
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Vice-president, Christian Authors Network (CAN) - Member, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) - Member, Association of Women Speakers & Authors (AWSA) - Member, Evangelical Press Association (EPA)
Speaker Availability
Yes

Bowersox, Jodi

Author Jodi Bowersox
Pseudonym
J. B. Stockings
Birth City
Franklin
Birth State
NE
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author, artist, seamstress
Biography

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. Several have won awards from the Colorado Book Awards, the Colorado Authors League, and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. She has also been named a finalist in the American Fiction Awards and the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards.

In addition to novels, she has children's picture books to her credit under the name J.B. Stockings that include her new series of books for birth to three that she calls Sing-a-Story books.

As an award-winning watercolor artist, Jodi specializes in pet portraits and has illustrated a couple of her children’s books herself. A Tale of Two Kitties and Cats feature some of her favorite pets. You can read more about Jodi’s writing and other 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.

Education/Training
B.A. in Theater from Sterling College, Sterling KS
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Member of the Colorado Authors League
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
* The Writing Process
* The Editing Process