Fantasy

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

Boroch, Peter

Boroch, Peter
Birth City: 
Ft. Stewart
Birth State: 
GA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Primary Technical/Editor Writing
Biography: 

Peter E. Boroch is a former Marine, husband and proud father. Peter attended high school at Mesa Ridge and returned to the Pikes Peak region after his time in the Marine Corps. His book The Man in the Leather Jacket: Predator Games (2017, Createspace) is based out of a fictional city in Colorado referenced from locations in Colorado Springs.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in English, emphasis on Creative Writing, American Military University, 2016
Organizations: 
Phi Theta Kappa - Sigma Delta Kappa - Golden Key International Honor Society
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Author is available to speak on a wide variety of subjects.
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Casale, Nicholas

Casale, Nicholas
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1985
Birth City: 
Vendenbergh Air Force Bace
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Paralegal
Biography: 

Nicholas S. Casale grew up in Palmer Lake, a small town in Colorado. Shortly thereafter he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and began working as a paralegal.

From a young age he was attracted to history, myth, and religion, and spent several years searching for the religion that best matched his personal beliefs. He is now a practicing Messianic Jew, and is happily married to the woman who taught him Hebrew.

He currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts degree in History, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The novels - History - Mythology - Religion
Local Authors Genres: 

Cowles, Ashlee

Cowles, Ashlee
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1984
Birth City: 
Ft. Knox
Birth State: 
KY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
High School Literature and Writing Teacher - PPCC Adjunct Instructor
Biography: 

Ashlee Cowles grew up an Army "brat" and has lived in many places, but her earliest memories are of Pikes Peak and she always seems to find her way back to Colorado Springs. She teaches literature/writing at an online high school, and philosophy at Pikes Peak Community College. Her debut Young Adult novel, Beneath Wandering Stars (Merit Press, August 2016), incorporates her love of international travel and her lifelong connection to the military community.

Learn more at her website, www.ashleecowles.com.

Awards/Honors: 
2017 Colorado Book Award Winner - Beneath Wandering Stars (Young Adult Literature category)
Irene Goodman Historical Fiction Pitch Contest - First Place award, August 2011, for Time Keepers manuscript
Paul Gillette Award (Pikes Peak Writers) - Third Place award for Young Adult Fiction, April 2011, for Time Keepers manuscript
Paul Gillette Award (Pikes Peak Writers) - Second Place award for Historical Fiction, April 2010, for To the Ends of the Earth manuscript
Education/Training: 
M. Litt. in Medieval History from University of St. Andrews, Scotland - M.T.S. in Theological Ethics from Duke University - Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Theology from University of San Diego
Organizations: 
The Anselm Society - Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
How Military Brat Life Shaped Me As a Writer - GRIT: The Unique Strengths of Military Kids - Wandering Writers: How to Use Travel to Write Authentic Stories - Every Hero is Also a Pilgrim: Using the Hero's Journey in All Genres - Why Imagination Will Change the World. More information available at www.ashleecowles.com/speaking-school-visits/
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McCutcheon, Pam

Pseudonym: 
Parker Blue
Birth City: 
Fort Ord
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Industrial engineer - Writer - Editor - Speaker
Biography: 

Pam McCutcheon is the author of romantic comedy, paranormal romance, fantasy short stories, and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. After many years of working for the military as enlisted, officer, and civil service
successively, she left her industrial engineering and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, speaker, and as the “Parker” half of Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing business.

She lives in Colorado Springs with her rescue dogs and can be found on the ’net at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.

Awards/Honors: 
Pikes Peak Romance Writers Author of the Year
Quicksilver - Pikes Peak Romance Writers winner of the PRISM Award for the best futuristic romance of 1996
Chasing Baby - Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Harlequin American of 1996
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Organizations: 
Novelists, Inc. - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing the Fiction Synopsis - Brainstorming - Self-editing - Scene and Sequel - Using the Plotting Board - Decoding Dialogue - Beginning Writers Workshop - Characterization - How to Pitch Your Book - Ghostwriting

Mariner, Ben

Birth City: 
Decatur
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Parker, CO
Biography: 

I have lived in Colorado for over a decade and have experienced all the wonderful state has to offer. I currently live in Parker with my wife and animals and love reading sci-fi/fantasy novels as well as writing them.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Local Authors Genres: 

Cooke, Kevin M.

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer/author
Biography: 

I moved here to attend college in 1975, but took some time off to experience the wildlife and go skiing. I was then a realtor for twenty years and began writing in 1995.

Awards/Honors: 
Nominated for 2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
Premiere Author at BEA 2009
Featured in May 2009 Publisher's Weekly
Education/Training: 
Colorado Technical College - studied bio-medical and computer technological engineering
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Grey, Jessica

Grey, Jessica
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1979
Birth City: 
Abington
Birth State: 
PA
Current Location: 
Cascade, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Jessica Grey is an author, fairy tale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives with her two children near Colorado Springs, where she spends her time writing, complaining about snow in April, and drinking way too much caffeine.

Jessica writes witty, modern Jane Austen adaptations and Young Adult fairy tales featuring strong girls and magic.

You can find out more about Jessica's novels and short story collections at www.authorjessicagrey.com.

Education/Training: 
2005 - Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (minor in History), Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Young adult fiction - Fairy tale adaptation - Jane Austen - Austenesque fiction - Social media for writers - Indie publishing

Knippling, DeAnna

Knippling, DeAnna
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1974
Birth City: 
Cheyenne
Birth State: 
WY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

DeAnna Knippling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy short stories and has been published in Crossed Genres, Penumbra Magazine, The Foghorn, Black Static, Big Pulp, and more. Her short story took first place in the 2012 Parsec Ink. Short Story award. She received an honorary mention in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2. She is a member of the Pikes Peak Writers and blogs for them regularly. She runs her own small press, Wonderland Press.

Awards/Honors: 
First place in the 2012 Parsec Ink. Short Story award for "The Third Portal"
Honorary Mention in Best Horror of the Year, vol. 2, ed. Ellen Datlow, for "The Edge of the World"
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Ebook and print Formatting and Design - The Power of Failure - Neuroscience of Metaphor - Determining Genre - The 4-Hour Short Story - Things Get Worse - and additional craft workshops.

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