Supernatural/Paranormal

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/Evelyn Vaughn.

Awards/Honors
Golden Heart winner
Education/Training
BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama
Organizations
Past Present and Founder of Pike Peak Writers, eight-time director of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, member Romance Writers of America, member Mystery Writers of America, member Novelists Inc.
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Creativity: Thinking Outside of the Box - The Subliminal Writer: Using music to influence your writing - Reverse Engineering your Mystery Novel.

Kunkel, Donna

Kunkel, Donna
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
Organizations
Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Not giving up when faced with rejections

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 anthologies and magazines, including Once Upon a Scream, Dark Moon Digest, and The Literary Hatchet. 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
Organizations
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability
No

Abraham, S.J.

Birth Year (-Died Year)
1978
Birth City
El Paso
Birth State
TX
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer - Stay at home father
Biography

As a child raised in the Southwest United States on the border of one of the largest oil fields in the country, S.J. Abraham was a lonely nerd. With no interest in rodeo or baseball, he spent his time reading. His heroes were fictional characters and great novelists. It wasn’t long before he started scratching out his own stories. In recent years he has embraced his geekieness and has set to work turning his writing hobby into a career as a novelist. While he originally wrote for adults, he has since realized he is still fifteen at heart, so he now focuses on writing for Young Adults. S.J. lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs, where all the exciting outdoor activities are wasted on him, though the ever-changing views fire his creativity like few things can. He spends the shreds of his free time playing with his wife, children, brothers, sisters, friends, nephews and little nieces.

Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts, Multimedia Production - Associate of Arts, English and Literature - Associate of Science, Media Production
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Writing art and craft - Technology - Video production - Web design - Graphic design - Indie press

Hall, Elizabeth

Birth Year (-Died Year)
1958
Birth City
San Jose
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Kingston, WA
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

I spent most of my life in Colorado, beginning in 1962, and only moving away in 2014. My book, Miramont's Ghost, is set at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, and though fiction, it includes local history and places. I spent several months researching the book, in both Colorado and New Mexico, and included much of the material that I found.

Education/Training
Master of Arts in Education, Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes

Stetler, Tena

Stetler, Tena
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1954
Birth City
Onawa
Birth State
IA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination. The second book in her Demon’s Witch series, A Warlock’s Secrets, comes out spring of 2017. Her recent novels are A Demon’s Witch, Charm Me, A Witch’s Journey, and sequel A Witch’s Holiday Wedding. She wrote her first vampire romance at the age of twelve, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle. Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

Education/Training
Paralegal degree, Creative Writing and Broadcast Journalism, Pikes Peak Community College - Workshops presented by Romance Writers of America, Pikes Peak Writers, and Pikes Peak Library District
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Paralegal - Craft of Writing - Attractions of the Colorado Front Range - Travel in an RV

Willhoff, Jude

Willhoff, Jude
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1950
Birth City
Waynesville
Birth State
MO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Realtor and Author
Biography

I've lived in the Colorado Springs area for over 40 years in a downtown Victorian home. We had fun updating and remodeling our home while keeping it to the original standards. We love the people and the community of Colorado Springs. Working in real estate, I've gotten to know the area and can't say there's anywhere else I'd like to live.

I work in real estate during the day and write in the evenings. I like to write stories that have a happy ever after so you'll find me on the shelves in under contemporary romance, paranormal romance, romantic comedy and romantic suspense. Also, I write some nonfiction as well. I am an award-winning, bestselling author on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.

Awards/Honors
Winner of the Colorado Independent Publisher's Award for Living Well With Chronic Pain.
Numerous awards for other books and a bestselling author on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
Education/Training
Associate Degree in Business Manangement and Marketing
Organizations
Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Writers - Pikes Peak Romance Writers - Colorado Romance Writers - Heart of Denver Romance Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Living with chronic pain - Writing romance

Groundwater, Beth

Current Location
Colorado
Occupation(s)
Mystery Author
Awards/Honors
Finalist in the Mainstream with Romantic Elements category of the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Contest, 2010
Finalist for Best First Novel Agatha Award, 2007
Winner of the Fall, 2006 Short story Contest sponsored by Mom Writer's Literary Magazine
Third Place, Mindfire Renewed Poetry Contest for "Ride the Wind" in 2005
Second Place, Paranormal Romantic Mystery/Suspense, RWA Kiss of Death chapter's Daphne du Maurier Contest in 2005
First Place, Storyteller Magazine Flash Fiction Contest for "Lucky Bear" in 2005
Winner, Great Manhattan Mysteries Conclave Short Story Anthology Contest for "Flamingo Fatality" in 2005
Education/Training
Master of Science Degree, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1983 - Bachelor of Science Degree, College of William and Mary, 1978
Local Authors Genres
Speaker Availability
No

Kessler, Amy

Kessler, Amy
Pseudonym
A.L. Kessler
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1987
Birth City
Colorado Springs
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Paranormal Romance Author - Stay at Home Mom
Biography

A.L. Kessler is a Paranormal Romance author living in beautiful Colorado Springs, her home town. Since she was a teenager she's loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she's not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, playing with her daughter, or playing video games with her husband of 4 years, she's either reading, participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing in her Blog Writing Rambles.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Indie publishing - Writing as a craft - Writing and balancing a family life - Paranormal romance

Dorchak, F.P.

Dorchak, F.P.
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1960
Birth City
Yonkers
Birth State
NY
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

I grew up between Key West, Florida and Whitefield, New Hampshire, but spent most of my formative years in New York State’s Adirondack mountains. I attended Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona. Upon graduation, I entered the U.S. Air Force as an officer and served in missile warning and satellite operations. I was stationed at Cavalier AFS, North Dakota, then Falcon AFS/Schriever AFB, CO (moved to Colorado in 1985). I've been writing about the paranormal, supernatural and the "weird" since childhood, and have belonged to several Pikes Peak and Denver area writers groups. I have been associated with the PPWC writer's conference since it's beginning (1992). I have been interviewed on local and Internet radio and presented to local writer's groups. Also see: https://fpdorchak.wordpress.com/about/.

Awards/Honors
2017 - Best Book Awards Fiction: Short Story for Do The Dead Dream?
Education/Training
Bachelor of Science in Physics (astronomy emphasis), Northern Arizona University
Organizations
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Indie publishing - Indie publishing panels (I have a series of blogs titled, "Going Indie -- What I've Learned (So Far), parts 1-8 - Any topic that might touch upon my fiction titles, e.g. the metaphysical and paranormal