General Fiction

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.

Chansky, Robert

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Software engineer - Navy modeling and simulation
Biography: 

Robert has lived in Colorado Springs for ten years.

Organizations: 
Cervantes Society
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Chinese culture - Cervantes & Don Quixote - Computer Simulation
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DeHerrera, Holly

DeHerrera, Holly
Birth City: 
Mountainhome
Birth State: 
ID
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer - Author - Teacher
Biography: 

Holly is a military-brat-who-never-lived-anyplace-for-very-long turned local after marrying her born-and-raised-in-Colorado-Springs husband. Together they are raising, home schooling and trying to keep alive five kids.

Culture shock was Holly’s childhood, moving from Taiwan to Norway to England to Turkey to Germany and back to Turkey again, establishing in her a love for travel and for different people and for outdoor cafes and castles sitting in the middle of the sea.

Holly is a writer, her stories sprouting directly out of her life experiences, giving voice to a young Old Order Mennonite girl solving mysteries in the middle of Indiana farmland and a young woman returning to Turkey to find closure from her past. Holly currently writes life stories for Good Catch Publishing and has one novel out, The Orphan Maker's Sin, with several books coming out this year through Blackside Publishing.

Awards/Honors: 
2018 - Author of the Year, Good Catch Publishing
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts degree, English Education
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Creative writing topics (description, setting, turning points, characterization, voice), multi-genre, especially for tweens/teens - Creating stories from real life, drawing inspiration from your ordinary
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Hickey, Barry James

Birth City: 
Chicago
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Novelist
Biography: 

My family moved here from Chicago in 1976. I write novels about ordinary people experiencing life-changing events. I write in all genres of fiction, often influenced by my own extraordinary adventures and infinite imagination. I grew up on the Southside of Chicago in a large, struggling family, working full-time while attending four colleges. I studied Cultural Anthropology, English, Journalism and Theater, eventually earning a B.A. degree in Diversified Studies from the University of Colorado - UCCS in 1982.

I later enjoyed a modestly successful career in Hollywood as an actor, writer and producer in independent films interspersed with stints working for motion picture studio executives. My close friends call me "Hollywood". A cancer survivor, I also write screenplays and original music.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, English, Communications, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
How to develop a story, write it, and publish it.

Walton, Vikki

Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Designer - Nonprofit Consultant - Speaker/Trainer - #workquilter
Biography: 

I have lived in Colorado Springs for the last seventeen years. I was born in Chicago, later moved to France (father in the military), returned and moved to Kansas before spending most of my time in Texas (San Antonio area). I have held myriad positions in my life. I like to undertake more than one thing at a time, thus I refer to myself as a #workquilter combining various avenues of income. These include:
-Author of nonfiction and fiction.
-Certified permaculture designer and previously worked as a registered interior designer.
-Suburban Homesteader (have gardens, chickens, bees).
-Speaker/trainer on myriad topics.
-Global house- and pet-sitter.
-Nonprofit consultant, certified grants specialist (proposal writer, donor communications, fundraising strategy)

Awards/Honors: 
Honor of Community Trustee (Leadership Pikes Peak)
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science, Organizational Management in Christian Leadership, GCU (magna cum laude) - Associate's degree, Registered Interior Designer, St. Philips College in San Antonio, TX - Certified Grants Specialist - Certified Grants Reviewer
Organizations: 
Colorado Springs CDBG Board Member
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing - Creative writing - Self-publishing - Backyard farming (permaculture principles, food forest, perennial gardening, lasagna gardening) - Travel - House/pet sitting - Getting what you really want in life - Work quilting - Nonprofit topics (e.g. Fundraising 101) - Entrepreneurship - Design (Interior Design, Landscape design using permaculture zones)

Richberger, Amber

Richberger, Amber
Birth City: 
Glendora
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer - Editor - Student
Biography: 

I am a poet, novelist, and editor living in Colorado Springs. I will graduate from UCCS with my Bachelor's in English in December 2018. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, critiquing films and television shows, and going to the occasional concert. I live with my husband and two sons.

Education/Training: 
I am currently attending UCCS to fulfill a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature.
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I am willing to read/speak about my own writing, as well as discuss literature and the craft of writing.
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Clark, Becky

Clark, Becky
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Parker, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, all born and raised in Colorado Springs, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books.

Readers say her books are “fast and thoroughly entertaining” with “witty humor and tight writing” and “humor laced with engaging characters” so you should “grab a cocktail and enjoy the ride.” They also say “Warning: You will laugh out loud. I’m not kidding,” and “If you like Janet Evanovich, you will like Becky Clark.”

Organizations: 
Member of Colorado Authors League - Sisters in Crime - Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
General writing and publishing - Mysteries - Cozy mysteries - How to write humor - "30 Minute Mystery" - "Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel"
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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

Cook, Doug

Cook, Doug
Birth City: 
Dayton
Birth State: 
OH
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Chair AAPG Astrogeology Committee - Sr. Geophysical Consultant (ret.)
Biography: 

Doug Cook has spent over two thousand hours underwater exploring and photographing life in the oceans. He is retired from a thirty-four year career as a petroleum geophysicist. This career allowed him to explore five of the world’s continents and live in Saudi Arabia for eighteen years. A career highlight in petroleum exploration was participating in ten years of deep-water submersible oil seep studies in the Gulf of Mexico. These seeps have associated chemosynthetic communities of life. As extremophiles, these organisms relate to Doug’s interest in astrogeology and exobiology.

Doug has always had a passion for astronomy and space exploration. He now pursues this passion as an author. The beauty of the mountains and geology lured Doug to retire in Colorado. He has two daughters and lives in Colorado Springs
with his wife Elizabeth.

Education/Training: 
BS Oceanography, University of Michigan, 1976 - MS in Carbonate Sedimentology, University of Florida, 1984 - Exploration Geophysics (Conoco, BHP Americas, Saudi Aramco)
Organizations: 
Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) - Chair AAPG Astrogeology Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) - Member-at-Large Colorado Springs Astronomical Society - Member of the Planetary Society, National Space Society, and Adjunct Astronomy Professor PPCC.
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
1) The Aquila Mission- It’s 2023. Our crew enters deep space to study asteroid Bennu and comet 125P- a step to mankind’s first voyage to Mars. A rigorously scientific yet thrilling story of man’s first journey beyond the Moon. (2018 print and eBook) - 2) Earth Impacts and the Threat from Near Earth Asteroids - 3) Research Submersible Exploration on Chemosynthetic Communities that Eat Oil and Gas, 2600 feet Down in the Gulf of Mexico - 4) Discovering Ancient Ship Wrecks in the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.

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

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