Thrillers/Suspense

Wernly, Kathy and Bob

Wernly, Kathy and Bob
Pseudonym
Kathy Clark and Bob Kat (YA)
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1951
Birth City
Houston
Birth State
TX
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

Bob and Kathy Wernly write as a team under the penname of Kathy Clark for our adult romantic suspense novels and Bob Kat for our YA romance/mystery/time travel series (Timeshifters). We lived in Colorado since 1985 and in Colorado Springs for a year and a half. Several of our series are set in Colorado, including Denver Heroes, and an upcoming series set in Cripple Creek called Breathless. One of our YA novels (Forever Love) is a time travel ghost story set at the Stanley Hotel the year it opened in 1911. We have given workshops and speeches about writing and creativity all over the U.S. Kathy is a past vice-president of Romance Writers of America and a co-founder of Colorado Romance Writers.

Education/Training
BA degree in Mass Communications and Fine Arts, York College (Kathy) - BS and MBA in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration (Bob)
Organizations
Romance Writers of America - Colorado Romance Writers - Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Characterization - Plotting - Writing a series - Writing with a partner - Writing young adult novels - Writing new adult novels - How to self publish your book - Many other writing-related topics

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

McKenna, John Dwaine

McKenna, John Dwaine
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography

John Dwaine McKenna is the author of four novels, and two were awarded EVVYS for excellence in fiction by the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association, or CIPA. He writes a weekly newspaper column called the Mysterious Book Report for the Tri-Valley Townsman in Sullivan County, New York, where he was born and raised. Like John on Facebook to receive weekly book reviews and blogs. He and his wife June have lived in Southern Colorado for nearly five decades.

Awards/Honors
2014 - IPPY Award, Colorado Noir: Stories from the Dark Side
2013 - EVVY Award, The Whim-Wham Man
2012 - EVVY Award, The Neversink Chronicles: Stories
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
No

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

Goff, Chris

Goff, Chris
Pseudonym
Christine Goff
Biography

Chris Goff is the award-winning author of five environmental novels and a new international thriller series. The bestselling Birdwatcher's Mystery series was nominated for two WILLA Literary Awards, a Colorado Author's League Award, and published in the UK and Japan. The books were re-released by Astor+Blue Editions in December 2014, and her sixth in the series, A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, was released May 2016. DARK WATERS, her first international thriller, was published September 2015 by Crooked Lane Books. An explosive new thriller set amid the Israel-Palestine conflict, Dark Waters is a series debut that mirrors global headlines and will have readers frantically turning pages.

Awards/Honors
2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist - Red Sky (Thriller category)
2016 Colorado Book Award Finalist - Dark Waters (Thriller category)
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability
Yes

Skaggs, Cindy

Skaggs, Cindy
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography

Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a lifelong love of storytelling and heroes. Her search for story took her around the world with the Air Force before returning to Colorado. Now she’s turning her lifelong love of storytelling into a career she loves. She has an MA in Creative Writing, three jobs, two kids, and more pets than she can possibly handle. She also plays the flute, makes crazy-good sculptures out of tortilla dough, and can wrangle the neurotic dog without getting mauled. Find her as Cindy Skaggs, Writer on Facebook, @CLSkaggs on Twitter, or www.CSkaggs.com to sign up for her newsletter.

Awards/Honors
Pushcart Nomination, "Matchbook Memory", Progenitor (2015)
Education/Training
Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Regis University, 2015 - MFA (candidate), Pacific Lutheran University, 2017
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Fear and the Writer - Romantic Suspense - Romance - Creative Nonfiction - Memoir

Entwistle, Bert

Entwistle, Bert
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1948
Birth City
Rochelle
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Freelance writer, author and photographer
Biography

Bert moved from Illinois to Colorado Springs in 1974 with my wife Nancy and sons Jeremy and Chad. He now has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He started as a freelance photojournalist covering action sports and started writing as well as photographing nearly twenty years ago. He has worked as a photographer/writer for rodeo/bull riding, and track photographer for Pikes Peak International Raceway. As a freelance writer and photographer, he has sold hundreds of articles to dozens of magazines and sold thousands of photographs. He has covered the rodeo, bull riding and performance horse world for many years and has written on subjects as diverse as the meat packing industry, water rights and family ranching.

Awards/Honors
2018 - Merit award, CIPA Book Awars for "Murder in the Dell"
2007 - Agricultural Writers Association "Feature of the Year"
Several awards for photgraphy and cowboy-style poetry
Organizations
Owner/Publisher of Black Mule Press
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Will speak on most subjects related to journalism, photojournalism, and fiction writing - Using the internet for research - Writing your first novel - Breaking into print - Small press publishing

Fischer, T.R.

Fischer, T.R.
Pseudonym
T.R. Fischer
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1964
Birth City
Boulder
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Elbert, CO
Occupation(s)
Buffalo Racher - Writer
Biography

TR grew up in and around Boulder, Colorado. After moving to California and sampling life in San Diego, San Francisco and L.A., she and her husband moved back to the wilds of the Denver area. That didn't satisfy, so the city dwellers took up raising buffalo, along with their four rowdy children. Each day is an adventure, on and off the page. TR now resides near Black Forest. Before moving to Elbert County, we lived in Colorado Springs for two years.

Education/Training
I have always been a storyteller. Just ask my mother. As for writing them down, that has come by participating in classes and workshops, reading about writing fiction, but mostly from writing and getting critiqued by fellow writers. I have been in several critique groups. The one I am currently involved with formed through the Pikes Peak Writers nearly two years ago.
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Pikes Peak Writers - South Denver Critique Group
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The road to self publishing - Writing suspense/romantic suspense - How to learn what you don't know through research and networking with specialists

Liparulo, Robert

Liparulo, Robert
Birth City
West Point
Birth State
NY
Current Location
Monument, CO
Biography

Best-selling novelist Robert Liparulo is a former journalist, with over a thousand articles and multiple writing awards to his name. His first three critically acclaimed thrillers—Comes a Horseman, Germ, and Deadfall—were optioned by Hollywood producers, as well as his Dreamhouse Kings series for young adults. Bestselling author Ted Dekker calls The 13th Tribe “a phenomenal story.” Its sequel, The Judgment Stone, was released in May, 2013.

Liparulo is currently working on the third book in the Immortal Files series and on a screenplay of a political thriller with director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian). New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry calls Liparulo’s writing “Inventive, suspenseful, and highly entertaining . . . Robert Liparulo is a storyteller, pure and simple.”

Liparulo has lived in Colorado since 1976. Twitter "@robertliparulo", or http://www.facebook.com/LiparuloFans, or http://www.robertliparulo.com.

Local Authors Genres
Organizations
International Thriller Writers (ITW) - American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Contact author for possible topics