Fantasy

Converse, Brian

Converse, Brian
Birth City: 
Jackson
Birth State: 
MI
Current Location: 
Monument, Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Proposal Manager
Biography: 

Brian S. Converse is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry. He lives with his wife, four kids, and two animals in the Front Range area of Colorado. Brian assists with the Teen Writing program at the Monument library every month. Brian is a US Army Veteran and grew up in Michigan.

Education/Training: 
BA, English, University of San Diego
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing - Self-publishing - Publishing
Local Authors Genres: 

Klein, Claudia

Birth City: 
Tawas City
Birth State: 
MI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Claudia Klein began writing as soon as she could spell. She finished writing her first YA fantasy novel at the age of 18 and has continued writing in the genre ever since. Her debut novel was published in 2019. She currently lives in the Pikes Peak region and when she’s not writing you’ll find her crocheting, snow skiing, and spending time with her family.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing fiction - How to Self-Publish - The World of Erlingue
Local Authors Genres: 

Kingston, A.R.

Kingston, A.R.
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

A.R Kingston was born in Moscow, Russia. She immigrated to the United States in her childhood settling in a quaint town in Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has spent time working with the mentally ill before turning to writing.

Kingston is both an avid gamer and seasoned traveler. Her passion is combining the legends and lore from around the world with the fantasy of games, creating a magical world similar to our own. She prefers to write stories which blend the genres of Fantasy, Horror, and Romance into a neat little package.

She currently resides in the Colorado Springs area of Colorado with her family, including two pot belly pigs.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please contact author via author website for a list of speaker topics.

Maschger, Eileen

Maschger, Eileen
Birth City: 
Rome
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Eileen moved to the Colorado Springs area with her family when she was 8 years old. Although she had lived in three different homes before then, Colorado Springs is where she grew up and has her most fondest memories. After becoming an Army wife she has lived on the west coast, the east, and on the Gulf Coast as well. But now he is back in Colorado, raising her own family in her hometown. She is inspired every day by her children and various friendly faces that help her to imagine a world of stories. She has a newfound love of writing to help bring these stories to life for her young readers in age and in heart.

Education/Training: 
Associate degree, Psychology, Pikes Peak Community College
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Inspiration for Youth confidence and pursuing their dreams - Self-confidence - Encouraging individual creativity to shine
Local Authors Genres: 

Colter, Liz

Colter, Liz
Pseudonym: 
L.D. Colter
Current Location: 
Colorado
Biography: 

Liz has followed her heart through a wide variety of careers, including farming with a team of draft horses and working as a field paramedic, Outward Bound instructor, athletic trainer, and roller-skating waitress, among other curious choices. She also knows more about concrete than you might suspect.

Her novels written under the name L. D. Colter explore contemporary and dark fantasy, and ones written as L. Deni Colter venture into epic fantasy realms. Following a long interlude in Southern and Northern California, she returned some years ago to her home state of Colorado, where she spends her time with her husband, dogs, horses, and writing (according to her husband, not always in that order of priority).

Awards/Honors: 
A Borrowed Hell - Winner of the 2018 Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Publishing through a large press, small press or indie - Writing technique - Short story writing and submissions

Orton, D.L.

Orton, D.L.
Current Location: 
Front Range of the Rockies
Occupation(s): 
Time Machine Mechanic
Biography: 

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.

Awards/Honors: 
Publishers Weekly "Booklife Prize in Fiction" Quarter-Finalist (CIT 2016 and DT 2017)
Next Generation Indie Book Awards, E-book Fiction Finalist (CIT 2017)
Colorado Book Award Finalist, Science Fiction (2017)
Book Excellence Awards Winner, Science Fiction (2016)
Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner, Audiobook (2016)
SWIRL Awards Finalist, Science Fiction (2016)
Indie Excellence Book Award Winner, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
USA Best Book Award Finalist, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
International Book Award Finalist, Cross-Genre Fiction (2016)
Colorado Gold Finalist, Science Fiction (2015)
Novel Beginnings Award Winner, Science Fiction (2015)
Education/Training: 
Ms. Orton is a graduate of Stanford University's Writers Workshop and a past editor of <em>Top of the Western Staircase</em>, a literary publication of CU, Boulder. The author has a number of short stories published in online literary magazines, including Literotica, Melusine, Cosmoetica, The Ranfurly Review, and Catalyst Press.
Organizations: 
Independent Book Publishers Association
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing a book series - Indie publishing - How to find an editor, publisher, and audience

Bissett, Carina

Bissett, Carina
Birth City: 
Lincoln
Birth State: 
NE
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Educator and author
Biography: 

Carina Bissett spent her youth in Colorado Springs, and eventually returned after a decade-long stint writing about the Southwest. Carina is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and interstitial art. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Hath No Fury, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V.

She teaches online workshops at The Storied Imaginarium and she is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at Stonecoast. She also teaches at Pikes Peak Community College. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her work has been nominated for several awards and she was the recipient of the 2016 HWA Scholarship.

Link to her work can be found on her website (http://carinabissett.com).

Awards/Honors: 
Silver Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 4th quarter 2018
"C8: A Tessellation of Faces, Wings, and other Obscure Things" NonBinary Review, Zoetic Press, July 2018 (Nominated for Best of the Net Award)
"The Sweet Sleep of Roses or, After the Fall" NonBinary Review #15, Zoetic Press, January 2018 (Nominated for the Pushcart Prize)
Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 4th quarter 2017
Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future, 2nd quarter 2017
"Swimming with the Shark Boys" Mythic Delirium, May 2016 (Honorable mention in "Best Horror of the Year" by Ellen Datlow
"The Yellow Press of an Ancient Power" NonBinary Review #5 The King in Yellow, Zoetic Press, June 2015 (Nominated for Sundress Best of the Net)
"Wild Girl" NonBinary Review, Zoetic Press, June 2014 (Nominated for Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award and Pushcart Prize)
Education/Training: 
MFA in Creative Writing candidate, University of Maine, 2018 - M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2011 - B.A. in Integrative Studies, Arizona State University, 1999 - A.A. in Humanities, Glendale Community College, 1998 - A.G.S. in General Studies, Glendale Community College, 1997
Organizations: 
Horror Writers Association - Science Fiction Poetry Association - Colorado Poets Center
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Speculative fiction - Creative non-fiction - Speculative poetry - Memoir - Other creative pursuits

Manivong, Tai

Manivong, Tai
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Teacher - Author
Biography: 

Tai Manivong grew up in Tres Piedras, NM. She would spend her days climbing rocks and exploring the national forest near her home. Her love of animals, nature, and fantasy have made Crimson come to life.

Tai has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Arts in teaching. Tai's husband is active duty military and that is what initially brought her to the Pikes Peak Region. They have been in Colorado for five years. Tai currently teaches third grade in Colorado and spends her free time relaxing with her wonderful daughters, reading fantasy novels and writing children’s books.

Awards/Honors: 
5 Star Reader's Favorite Review - https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/crimson
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Teaching - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Organizations: 
Member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I can speak about world building, character inspiration, my journey self publishing, formatting novels or education topics.

Arrington, Bradley

Arrington, Bradley
Pseudonym: 
Bradley Firebird
Birth City: 
New York City
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Customer service and office clerk
Biography: 

Born in Brooklyn, Long Island, New York, I have been a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado since November 2011. I have written over 100 original stories (short stories, poems, indie screenplays, stage plays) and audio (radio) plays & skits (audio short stories) of several genres: Twilight Zone-type stories, science fiction, horror, comedy, satire, and drama.

I am currently working on a sci-fi novel that is a cross between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. A former homeless veteran (U.S. Army), I am now student at Pikes Peak Community College.

Awards/Honors: 
2016 - APPR Writing Center Contest, dramatic reading of my short audio play "The Day the Music Lived"
Education/Training: 
A.A. degree in General Studies, Suffolk Community College, Long Island, NY, 1977 - Army Admin School, Fort Jackson, 1980 - Cal Simmons Travel Agent School, Alexandria, VA, 1985
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Community College Radio Theater Club - Pikes Peak Community College Entrepreneurs Club
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Radio Theater - How to Start a Radio Theater Club - How to Write a Radio Play or Script

Cox, Jodi

Cox, Jodi
Birth City: 
Union City
Birth State: 
IN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Illustrator - Graphic Designer
Biography: 

Jodi Cox is an American dieselpunk author born on April 10, 1979 in Union City, Indiana. She graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 1997. Later she went on to graduate with a BFA from the College of Mount Saint Joseph, now known as the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After college, Jodi started writing for Citybeat magazine. Later she went on to become a pioneer in internet graphics and website development. After spending nearly ten years writing for everything from tax websites to poetry, Jodi began developing the world of the Nether After, unbeknownst to her that steampunk and dieselpunk was turning into a literary genre.

Jodi enjoys all things speculative fiction, but has a pension for the weird and unusual. She describes herself as a comic book snob. She is often found with a stack of Japanese and American graphic novels in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. She enjoys drawing and painting, as well as writing. Her hours not spent on writing are devoted to geeking out over new computer hardware, or the latest video games. She loves ripping into electronics to see how they work, as well as cooking and developing new recipes.

As a writer Jodi has been writing steampunk, dieselpunk, and fantasy of all types. She has even dipped her toe into science fiction.

Education/Training: 
BFA, Mt. St. Joseph University
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Tesla Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Dieselpunk - Steampunk - Self publishing - Book layout and design - Web comics - High fantasy world building - Fantasy & pop culture tropes and how not to use them - Minority heroes - Ghost stories for kids - Comics in the new digital age - Comics in the classroom - Pop culture fandom

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