As a writer, photographer, artist, and arts educator, Jessica Lamirand strives to share her world through images and words. In Exhuming Mary McCarthy, her debut memoir tells the story of her years at Colorado College in the mid-1990s as Jessica and her six friends struggle to find themselves amid the pressures and joys of young adulthood. It was released in March 2015 in paperback and ebook formats through Ambient Light Publishers.
Jessica has lived in the Pikes Peak region for over thirty years, and her family has been here for three generations.
T. Duren Jones gets out into the wilderness as often as possible, camping, fishing, hiking, desert trekking, and "bagging" peaks—and does he have stories to tell! He's hiked hundreds of trails, completed the nearly 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, and has summitted all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks. He's kinda crazy that way. Tim enjoys taking friends, family, and his wife, Diane, on wilderness quests with him ... and most of them have survived his escapades. His first book is titled Tales from the Trails. The book is part adventure journal, part travelogue, part motivational encouragement, part stand-up comedy—and includes 26 nearly true outdoor stories from trails and climbs around the American West. Tim and his wife have raised four creative and equally adventurous children. He and Diane enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle together that includes biking, softball, snowshoeing, hunting and hiking the many wonderful trails in their home state of Colorado. About the book -- Care to be entertained? Humored? Informed? Inspired? (All from wilderness trail adventure stories, featuring those who made it out.) Then this book— Tales from the Trails, published by WordFire Press— is for you! You can order a paperback and/or ebook on Amazon. Tales from the Trails—part adventure journal, part travelogue, part motivational encouragement, part stand-up comedy—includes 26 mostly true outdoor stories from trails and climbs around the American West. This book is for anyone who loves spending time in the outdoors, who wish they could be outdoors more, or who simply enjoy reading about other nuts who spend time outdoors. The author also has a web site and regular blog featuring stories from the Pikes Peak region and around the American West, and is published monthly in the New Falcon Herald Newspaper, as well as in four regional/neighborhood newsletters on the Front Range. He also publishes an annual calendar featuring author stories and photos from wilderness trails.
-- Discoveries of "secret," unexpected finds for trial hiking and open/wilderness spaces in the Pikes Peak Region and in state of Colorado
-- Adventures on 14ers, some dramatic, some humorous—author has summitted all 54 peaks (on second round now with granddaughter)
-- Colorado Trail stories—author has hiked/completed all 468 miles from Denver to Durango (done in segments)
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.
Marie Loerzel is the author of Rock the Kasbah: A Memoir of Misadventure, a memoir about her life as an expat living in Morocco with her family during Arab Spring. She has since moved back to Colorado Springs where she continues to write her blog of the same name. These days, when she's not writing you can find her refusing to iron work shirts for her husband, embarrassing her 4 kids, wrangling her 2 wily dogs, dancing, daydreaming about traveling to pungent exotic places and just generally screwing things up royally.
A resident of Colorado and a storyteller since 1970, John has told stories professionally since 1979. During that time he has performed for more than one million listeners (thankfully, not all at once) in a great variety of settings. John's programs of stories and a cappella ballads feature: Western History and Environment; Literature Aloud!; and, World Folklore, especially American lore. He reenacts the lives of national park pioneers Enos Mills and John Otto, as well as Charles Fox Gardiner, frontier physician. A former classroom teacher, he is a specialist in storytelling in education, having taught storytelling and other courses at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 1989, he founded the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival, now the Douglas County Libraries Storytelling Festival. He spends his spare time hiking, skiing, and working to protect Colorado's wild places.
In a nutshell: born, lost, found, raised in Los Angeles as a dancer, graduated, married best friend at 18, had two daughters plus half the neighborhood who came to dinner and stayed, husband died suddenly in his early thirties, life ended, then began again when I was hired by the Department of Defense to teach overseas. I am now working on a novel about PTSD set here in Colorado Springs. I need people willing to be interviewed. Contact me on my website: http://www.mjbrett.com. Stayed 21 years in Germany, seven of them on the Cold War Border, remarried a pilot, and we CHOSE Colorado Springs when we came home in 1995. Seeing the tension on the military border, the extensive travel, the think tank topics, all offered opportunities to observe people under pressure...a favorite topic of my novels. It's not so much what happens to my characters as how they handle it. Where do human beings find the resilience to keep on fighting for their dreams, even through disaster? All my stories are based on true events and people, (for whom I change the names to protect the guilty) and all are stories I felt needed to be told. I find our mountains, wildlife, and town spirit conducive to creativity.
Alex's mother came from an old family in Connecticut, the Cheneys, artists and silk manufacturers, and named him after his uncle, Dr. Alexander Lambert of New York, personal physician to President Theodore Roosevelt and one of the founders of Medicare. Alex's father, a Rhodes Scholar from South Carolina and professor of English at Duke University, mentored an entire generation of Southern writers, including William Styron, Ann Tyler and Reynolds Price. After college, Alex volunteered as a private in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War, and after that service began his own career as a teacher of literature and writing, with stints at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland's European division, and Oxford Polytechnic University. From 1973 through 1995 he was Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He lives in the city with his wife of 38 years, Inés, Chilean-born poet and Professor Emerita of Spanish Language and Literature and culture at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
MIKE HAMEL is the former editor of INTEREST magazine and Director of the Resource Center for Interest Ministries in Chicago. In 1996 he moved to Colorado Springs and started EMT Communications. Mike has written or co-authored more than twenty books, including a trilogy dealing with faith in the marketplace: The Entrepreneur’s Creed (Broadman & Holman), Executive Influence (NavPress) and Giving Back (NavPress). Mike is a cancer survivor who has written about his experience. In Stumbling Toward Heaven he traces his physical journey toward the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and in We Will Be Landing Shortly: Now What?, he chronicles his spiritual musings along the way. As to fiction, Mike is the author of Matterhorn the Brave, a four-volume juvenile fiction series, the five-volume TLC series for young readers, and Lizzy the Leatherback, an illustrated book for kids dealing with cancer and other challenges. You can find his books listed on his Amazon Author Page, http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001JSB7FE. To learn more about Mike, check out his blog, OPEN Mike, https://mikehamel.wordpress.com/, his About Me page, http://about.me/mikehamel, and his Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hamel.