Science Fiction

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.

Barber, Sean

Head and shoulders photograph of Sean Barber
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1983
Birth City
Ukiah
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Local truck driver
Biography

I have been a Colorado Springs resident for over 20 years and have been a member of the Pikes Peak Library District for nearly as long. I have been a lifelong reader and have always dreamed of becoming a published author. I finally accomplished my dream in January of 2022 and hope to be a full time author in the next couple years.

Education/Training
Associates Degree in IT - Bachelors Degree in Psychology - CDL holder
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
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Book cover for Initialization, Book 1 (Paths of Power series)
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Book cover for Initialization, Book 2 (Paths of Power series)
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Self Publishing - LITrpg (a relatively new book genre that is booming) - my book series

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

Tapper, Emil

Emil Tapper
Pseudonym
E.T. Gunnarsson
Birth Year (-Died Year)
2002
Birth City
Colorado Springs
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author and student
Biography

E.T. Gunnarsson translates imagination into words for a living. His debut book Forgive Us was awarded Best Sci-Fi book in the 2021 San Francisco Book Festival and Best Post-Apocalyptic Book in the 2021 Fiction Awards.

Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains (9,000 feet altitude!), E.T. now resides in southern Colorado with his dwarfed Cane Corso and his lifelong interest in Norse myth and culture. A storyteller from an early age, Mr. Gunnarsson spent his formative years developing his writing skills on international roleplay sites.

Outside of writing, E.T. is a well-versed individual. He trained with two different Olympic squads, is an expert in Norse mythology, an experimental cook, a woodcarver, an avid action roleplay gamer, a Judo brown belt, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt.

It’s easy to find E.T. on Facebook and Instagram: just search for his name. His legendary interviews can be found on Youtube and other websites. Or, visit https://bragipress.com to reach his publisher.

Awards/Honors
Winner, Post-Apocalyptic – 2021 American Fiction Awards
Winner, Science Fiction – 2021 San Francisco Book Festival
Finalist, Science Fiction – 2021 Best Book Awards
Honorable Mention, Science Fiction – 2021 Hollywood Book Festival
Honorable Mention, Science Fiction – 2021 New York Book Festival
Runner Up, Science Fiction/Horror – 2022 New York Book Festival
Honorable Mention, Science Fiction – 2022 San Francisco Book Festival
Education/Training
James Madison High School, 2020, Summa cum laude
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The Odemark series, Norse Mythology, muscle cars, and Brazil Jiu-Jitsu

Henderson, Jim

Birth City
Hill AFB
Birth State
UT
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Cybersecurity
Biography

Jim Henderson is a writer of fun, varied, and technically sound science fiction adventures with a bit of exploration of the human condition. He is also a long-term Air Force veteran and a cybersecurity professional with decades of experience in intelligence, communications, computers, and cyber operations. He has been a life-long aficionado of science fiction in almost every form - books, movies, TV, and games (role-playing, tabletop, and computer). When not mentally exploring the universe, he lives with his wife, stepson, and 2 dogs in Colorado Springs. He enjoys hiking in the mountains of Colorado, kayaking on its lakes, spending time with his family, and playing games.

Education/Training
Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science - CISSP - CAP - CSSP
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
ISSA - ISC^2
Speaker Availability
No

Miner, Kathy

Miner, Kathy
Birth City
Flint
Birth State
MI
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Caregiver - Writer
Biography

Kathy Miner lives in Colorado Springs with her family and her critters. When she isn’t writing or “momming,” she enjoys reading everything from current scientific research to Harry Potter. She also loves hiking in all kinds of weather, especially when she can bully one of her sweet pups into coming along, and she will try her hand at any kind of hand-craft there is. You can learn more about her and her novels on Facebook at Kathy Miner Books, visit her website at www.authorkathyminer.com, or email her at kathyminerwriter@gmail.com.

Awards/Honors
My first book, What Survives of Us, won the National Indie Excellence Award and is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Education/Training
I have a B.A. in English with an emphasis in both practical and creative writing.
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Independent Book Publishers Association and Colorado Independent Publishers Association
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Before I became a caregiver for my adult disabled son, I was a high school English teacher, so I'm able and willing to present on all levels of writing craft, from the basics of story development and the importance of mechanics and grammar, up to more advanced topics like realistic dialogue development and building believable characters. I can also present on the ins and outs of indie publishing, as it pertains to my journey. I would love to do this - I miss the classroom VERY much! :)

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

Chansky, Robert

Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Software engineer - Navy modeling and simulation
Biography

Robert has lived in Colorado Springs for ten years.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Cervantes Society
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Chinese culture - Cervantes & Don Quixote - Computer Simulation

Colter, Liz

Colter, Liz
Pseudonym
L.D. Colter
Current Location
Colorado
Biography

Liz has followed her heart through a wide variety of careers, including farming with a team of draft horses and working as a field paramedic, Outward Bound instructor, athletic trainer, and roller-skating waitress, among other curious choices. She also knows more about concrete than you might suspect. Her novels written under the name L. D. Colter explore contemporary and dark fantasy, and ones written as L. Deni Colter venture into epic fantasy realms. Following a long interlude in Southern and Northern California, she returned some years ago to her home state of Colorado, where she spends her time with her husband, dogs, horses, and writing (according to her husband, not always in that order of priority).

Awards/Honors
A Borrowed Hell - Winner of the 2018 Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Publishing through a large press, small press or indie - Writing technique - Short story writing and submissions

Orton, D.L.

Orton, D.L.
Current Location
Front Range of the Rockies
Occupation(s)
Time Machine Mechanic
Biography

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR D. L. ORTON lives in the Rocky Mountains 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.

Awards/Honors
Publishers Weekly "Booklife Prize in Fiction" Quarter-Finalist (CIT 2016 and DT 2017)
Next Generation Indie Book Awards, E-book Fiction Finalist (CIT 2017)
Colorado Book Award Finalist, Science Fiction (2017)
Book Excellence Awards Winner, Science Fiction (2016)
Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner, Audiobook (2016)
SWIRL Awards Finalist, Science Fiction (2016)
Indie Excellence Book Award Winner, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
USA Best Book Award Finalist, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
International Book Award Finalist, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
Colorado Gold Finalist, Science Fiction (2015)
Novel Beginnings Award Winner, Science Fiction (2015)
Education/Training
Ms. Orton is a graduate of Stanford University's Writers Workshop and a past editor of <em>Top of the Western Staircase</em>, a literary publication of CU, Boulder. The author has a number of short stories published in online literary magazines, including Literotica, Melusine, Cosmoetica, The Ranfurly Review, and Catalyst Press.
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Independent Book Publishers Association
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Writing a book series - Indie publishing - How to find an editor, publisher, and audience