1. McGuirt, Stephanie

    Stéphanie McGuirt is a homeschool mom and business owner living in beautiful Colorado with her husband, Bryan, and their 2 children. When she's not adventuring with her kids or working with clients in her business, she's working on a bountiful garden and little homestead, and, of course, playing. For resources and to learn more, visit her website, www.stephaniemcguirt.com.

  2. McKamie, Rebekah

    Rebekah Tyne McKamie is a Christian Author residing in Calhan, Colorado. She has lived in Colorado her entire life, only leaving the Colorado Springs area for three years to attend Adams State College (University) in Alamosa. Rebekah has been gathering up truth and adapting it into books for over a decade.

    In February 2020, she launched Settings Christian Publishing, LLC, with the hope of making books more beautiful and inserting more Biblical truth into Christian literature. She...

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  3. McKenna, John Dwaine

    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.

  4. Kelly is a mixed-race writer who has always gravitated towards stories about crossing boundaries and forging new identities. Her upcoming young-adult novel, Agnes at the End of the World (Little, Brown, Young Readers, 2020), benefited from a We Need Diverse Books mentorship. Kelly has previously worked as a staff writer for Romper, covering issues important to women and families. When she's not writing, she's reading, cooking (with mixed results), or hiking in the gorgeous Colorado...

  5. Menon, Sandhya

    Sandhya Menon is the author of the YA rom-com When Dimple Met Rishi (Simon and Schuster, May 2017), which has been hailed by Bustle magazine as "the arranged marriage YA rom-com we've been waiting for." She was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food. She pretty much blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri.

    Sandhya currently lives just outside Colorado Springs, where she’s on a...

  6. Merry, Molly

    I grew up in Denver and had an astonishing career as an educator in Canon City, CO. I moved to Ivywild, Colorado Springs in 2012. This lively, expressive, charming, and historic neighborhood inspired our book. I worked with Linda Johnson, long time resident of Colorado Springs who was the owner of Ivywild Costumes from 1983-2015.

  7. Miller, Courtney

    Courtney Miller is the multi-award winning author of the seven-book series The Cherokee Chronicles which has received widespread acclaim in the Native American Community for authenticity and has received five international awards so far.

    Courtney has written over 200 articles for the online magazine Native American Antiquity. He is considered an expert on ancient Native American cultures.

    His newest book series, The White Feather Mysteries, is...

  8. Miner, Kathy

    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...

  9. Michelle is a powerful speaker who brings her vivacity, personal anecdotes and genuine passion to empower those in her audience to improve their productivity both at home and in their business. She and her family have retired in the Pikes Peak region after 20 years of traveling the world with the Air Force, she and her husband decided Colorado was the perfect place to raise children. The past eleven years have flown by and they look forward to many more in our beautiful state.

    Published Works:
    • Eat, Drink & Be Mary: A Glimpse Into a Life Well Lived (Vertex Learning, LLC, 2016)
  10. Murphy, Joseph

    Joseph Murphy is a retired public relations executive who has lived in the Pikes Peak region for three years. During 28-year career, he focused on media relations, special event management and editing and writing. His poetry has appeared in a wide range of online and print journals. His second collection of poems, Having Lived (Kelsay Books), was published in 2018; his first collection, Crafting Wings (Scars Publications), in 2017. Shanti Arts is publishing a third...

    Published Works:
    • Shoreline of the Heart (Shanti Arts, 2019)
    • Having Lived (Kelsay Books, 2018)
    • Crafting Wings (Scars Publications, 2017)
  11. I was a DOD civilian field historian for 36 years with assignments stateside and overseas. In 2007 I moved to Colorado Springs to work at Headquarters USNORTHCOM and NORAD.

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  12. Musick, Joan

    Joan was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved with her family to the Denver area where she met her high school sweetheart. Moving again to Hawaii and then California, she married her Marine sweetheart in 1977 and then REALLY started moving around the United States and to Okinawa. She moved back to the Pikes Peak region in 1985 when roots began to grow.

    She has been a quilter since 1980 and that is important to her children's books because they are illustrated with her quilted...

  13. Musick, Patricia

    Pat Musick grew up in the house her father built at the edge of the Garden of the Gods. Her earliest artistic influences were her painter father, Archie (a Broadmoor Art Academy artist with local murals in the City Auditorium, Fine Arts Center, and Manitou Post Office); her ceramist mother, Irene; and the wildlife, plants, and landscapes of the Southwest. An introduction to the book arts at Reed College led her to postgraduate work researching early Irish manuscript calligraphy in London,...

    Published Works:
    • Mountain Mother Goose (illustrator)(Fairmont State University Press, 2013)
    • "Worlds Among the Waters" (Camas, Winter 2010-2011)
    • "Troglodytes" (Whole Terrain, 2010)
    • "You Are Here" (monthly art & heritage column in The Colorado Springs Independent, 1999-2000)
    • "Making Something Light Up" (Orion Afield, Winter 1999-2000)
    • "The View from Above" (The Colorado Springs Independent, November 1998)
    • "Infinite Nature: Architectural Enameling with Landscape Architecture" (Glass on Metal, April 1998)
    • "The Battle to Save the Burren" (Irish America, September 1991)
    • Celtic Calligraphy (co-authored with Liam Miller)(Dolmen Press, 1981)
  14. Myers, Ann

    I live in Colorado Springs with my husband and extra-large housecat. We all love the Pikes Peak region and the greater Southwest and often spend time in Santa Fe, where my mystery series is set.

  15. Nations, Linda Nija

    I moved to Colorado Springs in 1986. I ran a very large psychotherapy practice (counseling) until 1997 when I was sidelined for 12 years by a very severe brain injury requiring a craniotomy. As a result of the changes in my brain I was forced to completely change my modus operandi. Eventually I returned to counseling and wrote a memoir of my seven and one-half years post TBI. I lived in Colorado Springs until 2015, when my husband and editor, sold our home and moved into our 5th wheel, to...

    Published Works:
    • Remember Me: How My Soul Connection with Animals Helped Me Heal from a Severe Brain Injury (CreateSpace, 2018)
  16. Nelson, Steven LeRoy

    Steven LeRoy Nelson is an award-winning humorist whose short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Leviathan, Fire And Ice, and other publications. He has published six novels in the Axel Hatchett series set in the Colorado Springs area.

    Published Works:
    • Dead Man Limping: An Axel Hatchett Mystery (#1)(Blood and Thunder Press, 2014)
    • Glimmer in a Glass Eye: An Axel Hatchett Mystery (#2)(Blood and Thunder Press, 2014)
    • Slayer with a Grey Toupee: An Axel Hatchett Mystery (#3)(Blood and Thunder Press, 2014)
    • Three Cursing Birds: An Axel Hatchett Mystery (#4)(Blood and Thunder Press, 2014)
    • Killer Bear For Hire: An Axel Hatchett Mystery (#5)(Blood and Thunder Press, 2014)
    • Jack the Roper: An Axel Hatchett Mystery (#6)(Blood and Thunder Press, 2015)
  17. Neville, Jim

    Jim Neville was raised in the hills of Pittsburgh, PA. Although the city of Colorado Springs is relatively flat in comparison, the Rocky Mountains touched a familiar chord in his heart. That is one of a plethora of reasons he settled down in Colorado Springs when he retired from the Air Force after 24 years as a Broadcast Radio & Television Engineer. His love of science and technology blends well with his science-fiction stories (or is it the other way around).

    Jim also has a...

  18. I have lived my entire life in Colorado Springs.

    Published Works:
    • Purgatory
  19. Nickless, Barbara

    Barbara Nickless lives in Colorado where she loves to snowshoe, cave, hike and drink single malt scotch—usually not at the same time. Her first novel, Blood on the Tracks, is the start of a new crime series. Hank Phillippi Ryan calls the book ‘Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense,’ while Jeffery Deaver promises ‘… you'll fall in love with one of the best characters to come along in modern thriller fiction.’

    Blood on the Tracks won the Daphne du Maurier...

  20. I’m a wife, mother, and writer originally from Kansas, but moved to Colorado Springs in the Fall of 2016. Other than writing, I also enjoy hiking, crafts, photography, reading, and dancing.

  21. North, Natasha

    My childhood was spent traveling the United States with my family, until I found beautiful Colorado and made it my permanent home in 2007. I have been teaching in Colorado Springs for ten years, and my favorite part is when children discover (and develop a love of) the world of books. I live with my husband, daughter, dog, ducks, rabbit, and parakeets. I love animals, nature, traveling, and epic board games. My wish for the world is that everyone can find their own version of happiness...

  22. O'Byrne, D.M.

    D.M. O’Byrne’s first job was as a waitress. Now she’s a writer of mystery novels. In between, jobs included English teacher, racehorse exerciser, jockey, accountant, golf resort assistant manager, writer, and editor. Her places of residence ranged from the Jersey Shore to a lengthy sojourn in California, and finally to the Colorado Rockies. Each profession, each location was rife with life lessons, fascinating characters, potential plot lines, and wide-ranging experiences. Sooner or later,...

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  23. Odell, Terry

    Terry Odell always wanted to "fix" stories she read so the characters did what she wanted. She discovered this wasn't always possible when the mystery she intended to write became a romance—a real surprise, since she'd never read a romance. Terry writes mystery and romantic suspense, but calls them "Mysteries With Relationships." Her works include the Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops series, the Pine Hills Police series, and the Mapleton Mystery series. Her short story collection, Seeing Red...

  24. Orton, D.L.

    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.

  25. Oswald, Nancy

    Nancy Oswald loves researching and writing historical fiction books for young readers. She has, however, written in a variety of genres including personal interest pieces, children’s plays, poetry, educational research, biography, and nonfiction articles. Oswald spent her growing up years in Denver but has lived as an adult in rural Colorado and the outback of British Columbia where she taught in a one and a two room school. She taught for 20 years in rural Colorado and is now retired....

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