General Fiction

Bergling, Christina

Christina Bergling
Birth City
Colorado Springs
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author, Solutions Architect, Engagement Manager
Biography

Christina Bergling has been writing since childhood. She has written a variety of styles. A blog from Iraq, software user guides for software, articles for a numismatist magazine. More than anything, she is a horror author.

In college at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, she pursued a professional writing degree and started publishing small scale. It all began with “How to Kill Yourself Slowly.”

Crystal Lake released her latest novel, Followers. Limitless Publishing published her novel The Rest Will Come. HellBound Books published her two novellas, Savages and The Waning. She co-wrote Screechers with Kevin J. Kennedy. She is also featured in numerous anthologies, including Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, Demonic Wildlife, Colorado’s Emerging Authors, and Graveyard Girls.

Bergling was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She lives with her family in Colorado and spends her non-writing time working in IT, hiking mountains, dancing, and sucking all the marrow out of life.

Education/Training
BA in English with an emphasis in Professional Writing from UCCS, 2005
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
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Followers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Anything though I have previously focused on the writing/publishing process and the horror genre

Emanuelson, K.L.

Birth City
Milwaukee
Birth State
WI
Current Location
El Paso County, CO
Occupation(s)
Author
Biography

K.L. Emanuelson is an Army veteran. She was a working cowgirl for many years, a horse trainer and a riding instructor. As a Beowulf scholar, she's presented at academic conferences and been published in the proceedings. She's entered the poetry, essay and short-short fiction divisions and won, at the Colorado Veterans Arts competitions, but now focuses upon writing her novels. She shares her ranch in the beautiful, historic Bijou Basin with her horses, dogs and cats. She's a historian with a focus upon pre-Viking early 6th century Scandinavia and the 19th century American West.

Awards/Honors
Colorado Veterans Arts Competition, 2018: First Place Essay, First Place and Best in Show in Writing for a Short-short Fiction piece
Colorado Veterans Arts Competition, 2019: First Place Essay, First Place Short-short Fiction, First Place Poetry
Colorado Women's Poetry Competition, open division: First Place for "Blue Agave"
Education/Training
MA-English/Language Arts
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
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The Woman Who Rode Destiny
Organizations
Pikes Peak Writers, Sons of Norway
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
"Beowulf," horses, including accurate horse portrayals in film and fiction, Viking and pre-Viking Norse culture and cowboys/cowgirls

Carter Close, Alli

Carter Close, Alli
Birth City
Johnson City
Birth State
NY
Current Location
El Paso County, CO
Occupation(s)
Freelance journalist and author
Biography

Alli Carter Close is a freelance journalist who lives in the shadow of Pikes Peak. She lives with her husband, two children and four dogs.

Awards/Honors
2021 Silver award for Western historical fiction from the Historical Fiction Company
Published Works Book Jackets
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Struggling Towards Hope: A Novel
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The history of the Ute in Colorado

Hatfield, Lisa

Lisa Hatfield
Birth City
Glen Ellyn
Birth State
IL
Current Location
Monument, CO
Occupation(s)
Wildfire risk reduction
Biography

Lisa moved to Monument in 1990 with her husband and the Air Force. She has also lived in Illinois, Ohio, and Colombia, South America. She's been a computer mapper and editor, newspaper reporter and managing editor, teacher of English as a Second Language, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and has now learned to run a chainsaw and wood chipper and do public speaking (even scarier) to promote wildfire risk reduction and emergency preparedness.

Awards/Honors
2021 Service to Mankind Award - from Gleneagle Sertoma
2020 National Wildfire Mitigation Award (with Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church Emergency Preparedness Group - from National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Assn.
2019 Volunteer of the Year - from Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Education/Training
Geography B.A, University of Illinois
Western State University, Certificate in K-12 Linguistically Diverse Education
Community Emergency Response Team - Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management
NFPA Assessing Home Ignition Potential From Wildfire
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Image
To Starve an Ember
Organizations
Pikes Peak Regional Community Emergency Response Team
Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church Emergency Preparedness Group
Our Community News reporter
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Wildfire risk reduction for homeowners
emergency preparedness for everybody
emergency preparedness for seniors

Bowen, Barbara

Bowen, Barbara
Pseudonym
BJ Bowen
Birth City
Galveston
Birth State
TX
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Retired - Author
Biography

For 19 years I played in the Colorado Springs Symphony. My current cozy mystery series is based on those experiences.

Awards/Honors
Finalist and Honorable Mention 2018 Focus: Eddie Award for "Letting Go with Grace" (Unity Magazine, September/October 2017)
Education/Training
Bachelor's Degree in Music, Boston University, 1976
Published Works Book Jackets
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Ballistics at the Ballet
Organizations
Sisters in Crime
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Music - Rookie Publishing

Hayden, Laura

Pseudonym
Elle Vaughn
Birth City
Birmingham
Birth State
AL
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author and bookseller
Biography

Brought to the Springs twice thanks to the Air Force, Laura and her family returned for a third time for keeps. Originally from Alabama, she's the author of fourteen novels, and eight short stories/novellas. She also writes as "Elle Vaughn" in collaboration with Yvonne Jocks/Evelyn Vaughn.

Awards/Honors
Golden Heart winner
Education/Training
BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama
Organizations
Past Present and Founder of Pike Peak Writers, eight-time director of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, member Romance Writers of America, member Mystery Writers of America, member Novelists Inc.
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Creativity: Thinking Outside of the Box - The Subliminal Writer: Using music to influence your writing - Reverse Engineering your Mystery Novel.

Thomas, L. Marie

Thomas, L. Marie
Birth City
Littleton
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Elizabeth, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

Lisa Marie Thomas grew up as the child of an undercover narcotics agent and a secretary at the DA's office. Listening to stories about lives far different than her own, she developed a love of storytelling and suspense that grew into her first novel, Good Heart. She loves God, loves her husband and children, and loves to write as a native of the beautiful state of Colorado. She is also an advocate for foster care and mentoring, connecting to the world around her at www.LMarieThomas.com.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Member of American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Book club talks/signings - Writing

Haines, E.L.

E.L. Haines
Birth City
Dallas
Birth State
TX
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

Ethan reads all the time, and writes so that you can read. He travels the world, ignoring the usual boundaries of space and time, collecting stories, which he loves to tell almost as much as Sparrow himself does. He grew up in Colorado Springs, and currently lives in Cairo, Egypt. Who knows where he'll end up next?

Local Authors Genres
Speaker Availability
No

Miner, Kathy

Miner, Kathy
Birth City
Flint
Birth State
MI
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Caregiver - Writer
Biography

Kathy Miner lives in Colorado Springs with her family and her critters. When she isn’t writing or “momming,” she enjoys reading everything from current scientific research to Harry Potter. She also loves hiking in all kinds of weather, especially when she can bully one of her sweet pups into coming along, and she will try her hand at any kind of hand-craft there is. You can learn more about her and her novels on Facebook at Kathy Miner Books, visit her website at www.authorkathyminer.com, or email her at kathyminerwriter@gmail.com.

Awards/Honors
My first book, What Survives of Us, won the National Indie Excellence Award and is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Education/Training
I have a B.A. in English with an emphasis in both practical and creative writing.
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Independent Book Publishers Association and Colorado Independent Publishers Association
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Before I became a caregiver for my adult disabled son, I was a high school English teacher, so I'm able and willing to present on all levels of writing craft, from the basics of story development and the importance of mechanics and grammar, up to more advanced topics like realistic dialogue development and building believable characters. I can also present on the ins and outs of indie publishing, as it pertains to my journey. I would love to do this - I miss the classroom VERY much! :)

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.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Please contact author via author website for a list of speaker topics.