Biography/Memoir

Jones, T. Duren

Jones, T. Duren
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Biography: 

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.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
-- Fun, family trails in the Pikes Peak Region -- 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)

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

Stallworth, Ron

Biography: 

Sgt. Ron Stallworth, Ret., was a member of the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
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Loerzel, Marie

Loerzel, Marie
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

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.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Morocco - Writing (books or blogging)
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Stansfield, John

Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Storyteller and writer
Biography: 

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.

Awards/Honors: 
Writers of the American West: Multicultural Learning Encounters (Teacher Ideas Press, 2002) earned a Colorado Authors' League Award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award
For his conservation efforts, the Wilderness Society presented Stansfield an Environmental Heroes Award in 2004 and the John Wade Award from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sierra Club in 2013
Education/Training: 
John graduated with a degree in English from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1970.
Organizations: 
Colorado Authors League - National Storytelling Network - Rocky Mountain Storytellers - Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition - Wild Connections
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing Like a Storyteller - Storytelling: the Tell-Tale Art - Historytelling - Developing a Living History Character

Brettschneider, Margaret

Brettschneider, Margaret
Pseudonym: 
M.J. Brett
Birth City: 
Kansas City
Birth State: 
MO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs
Occupation(s): 
Author, Speaker, Teacher
Biography: 

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.

Awards/Honors: 
Mutti's War - 1st place for historical fiction in the Paul Gillette Memorial Award in 2003
Shadows on an Iron Curtain - chosen to be in the Cavalry Museum for its "accurate portrayal of CAV mission during the Cold War"
Honored to be selected to serve on an International Think Tank on Foreign Relations while in Stuttgart, Germany
Various teaching awards
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Literature and English from University of California at Fullerton - Post graduate work for teaching credentials (K though college) - Fire mitigation training
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - National Pen Women, Pikes Peak Branch - Skyway FireWise Mitigation Chairman - Cheyenne Mountain Club - Enzian Austrian-American Club - AOSHS (American Overseas Schools Historical Society)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
World War II history (all ages, clubs, groups or schools from 5th grade up) - Nazi impact on the common man ... can it happen again? (all ages, clubs, groups or schools from 5th grade up) - The Cold War in Europe: The mission, the spies, and the outcomes (adult, clubs, groups) - Journalism: The Art of Interviewing (high school) - Writing novels, short stories, memoirs (all ages, clubs, groups, seniors, or schools of any grade). Info is tailored to suit age group or club interest.
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Blackburn, Alexander

Blackburn, Alexander
Birth City: 
Durham
Birth State: 
NC
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Novelist, literary critic, editor, university professor
Biography: 

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.

Awards/Honors: 
Finalist, 2011 Colorado Book Award, "Gifts from the Heart"
Finalist, 1996 Colorado Book Award, "Suddenly a Mortal Splendor"
Speaker Availability: 
No

Hamel, Mike

Hamel, Mike
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1952
Birth City: 
Ellis
Birth State: 
KS
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Professional writer
Biography: 

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.

Speaker Availability: 
No

Brandt, Kathy

Brandt, Kathy
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1947
Birth City: 
Elgin
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Woodland Park, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Former writing teacher at the University of Colorado - Free-lance writer
Biography: 

Kathy Brandt is the co-author with son, Max Maddox, of Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness, has published four mysteries in the Hannah Sampson Underwater Investigation Series (NAL/Penguin), and taught writing at the University of Colorado for ten years. She is a vocal advocate for those with mental illness and writes and speaks about mental health. She is past President the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs and in 2012 she received the NAMI National Award for her leadership and service on behalf of those living with mental illness. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Rhetoric.

She lived in Colorado Springs for twenty-five years before moving to Woodland Park.

Awards/Honors: 
2013 Golden Quill Award for literary excellence and service to the community from the Pikes Peak Library District
2012 Outstanding National Alliance on Mental Illness Member of the Year Award for courage, leadership, and service on behalf of those living with mental illness
2009 Finalist for Iowa Review Award in Non-Fiction for "Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness"
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts, University of Colorado, 1983 - Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado, 1981
Organizations: 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Pikes Peak Writers - Colorado Independent Publishers Association
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mental illness - Mental health issues and advocacy - Bipolar Disorder - Memoir writing - Getting published - Writing

Saltzman, Nancy

Saltzman, Nancy
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1952
Birth City: 
Bloomington
Birth State: 
IN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired educator - speaker and author
Biography: 

Dr. Nancy Saltzman grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and moved to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College in 1970. Upon graduation she taught elementary school in Colorado Springs, received her master’s from the University of Colorado then completed her doctorate at the University of Denver. She served as the principal of Broadmoor Elementary School for 16 years before retiring in 2006. During Nancy's 31 year career in education she was recognized as Colorado’s National Distinguished Principal, the recipient of the Milken Family Foundation Educator Award, and as the American Cancer Society's Sword of Hope winner for her work with breast cancer survivors.

Saltzman continues to stay busy as an emeritus member on the board of Kidpower, working as a volunteer at the Humane Society, participating in three book clubs, and speaking about her recently published memoir, Radical Survivor: One Woman’s Path Through Life, Love, and Uncharted Tragedy. The memoir chronicles Saltzman’s extraordinary saga as a two-time cancer survivor who lost her entire family in a small-plane crash. Told with honesty, insight, and laugh-out-loud flashes of humor, plus the added richness of letters Saltzman received, Radical Survivor traverses the full spectrum of human emotions. Her journey reminds us that the heart can make
room for both loved ones lost and happiness found, offering a compelling gift of hope.

Saltzman presently lives in Colorado Springs with her fiancé, Greg Roman, and her dogs, Nacho and Macy.

Awards/Honors: 
2012 eLit Silver Award for Radical Survivor
Colorado Springs Business Journal "Woman of Influence"
Milken Family Foundation Educator Award for Colorado
National Distinguished Principal of the Year, Colorado
American Cancer Society's Sword of Hope Recipient
Education/Training: 
PhD, University of Denver - Master's of Arts, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College
Organizations: 
Emeritus member on the board of Kidpower - volunteer at The Human Society of the Pikes Peak Region
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The writing, publishing, and marketing of a memoir - The story of a "Radical Survivor" including readings from the book - How to write a condolence note using examples from "Radical Survivor"
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