General Fiction

Daniels, Avery

Daniels, Avery
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado Springs, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and the Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units.

She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a local cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

Education/Training: 
BSBA University of Phoenix
Organizations: 
Sisters in Crime - Women Fiction Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing murder mysteries
Local Authors Genres: 

Hawkins, Julie

Hawkins, Julie
Birth City: 
Sioux City, IA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

I have written a series and a nonfiction book about the Civil War. Most are award winners. My husband and I reside in Colorado Springs and have lived in Colorado most of our lives.

Awards/Honors: 
A Beautiful Glittering Lie - winner of 2014 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award, B.R.A.G. Medallion, and honorable mention at LA Book Festival
A Rebel Among Us - winner of 2017 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award
Education/Training: 
I have a degree in journalism and have worked as a writer and editor for numerous publications.
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - International Women's Writing Guild - United Daughters of the Confederacy (associate member)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
My writing process, my books, the Civil War, personal experiences and how they influence my stories.

Cutting, Atwood

Cutting, Atwood
Birth City: 
Los Altos
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Photographer - Publisher - Vocalist
Biography: 

This local author is both Kate Peters, (raised in California and Hawaii, a solo adventurer to Fairbanks, Alaska “to see a winter,” the pioneering wife and protagonist of Sleeping Moose Saga,) as well as Atwood Cutting, the fictionalized daughter and actual author of several books, including the historical fiction series about Alaska, and photo essay books designed "for areas of waiting."

After leaving Alaska, and living in the Midwest for a quarter century, Kate Peters came to the Pikes Peak region in 2012, to re-immerse herself in the arts, and wade in some streams. Since retiring and moving to Colorado Springs with Tim, her husband of 40+ years, Kate has pursued her goal of producing a tome worthy of space on public library shelves. As Atwood Cutting, she is achieving it.

Awards/Honors: 
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Hawaii, 1972
Phi Kappa Phi, University of Hawaii, 1967
Gold Medal Soloist, Hawaii Music Educators' Awards, 1966
Education/Training: 
Stanford Elementary School; Punahou School Academy; Univ. British Columbia; Univ. Hawaii, BA 1972 Performing arts (Phi Beta Kappa); Univ. Alaska Fairbanks, art and music; Trans-Alaska Pipeline Construction Camp Bullcook; Homesteader on Kenai Peninsula; Alaska Pacific Univ. MLA 1986 (cum laude) Liberal Arts, Museum Education, Aesthetic Expression.
Organizations: 
Writers' Group at Brookdale Skyline Senior Living - Concrete Couch community art outreach
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Geared for the general public, Kate is happy to share stories and answer questions about pioneering in "bush" Alaska before there were cellphones. Topics might include: off-road transportation, construction without electricity, life without running water, rural communications, wildflowers, and the "end-of-the-road" syndrome. Geared for high school teachers and librarians, she would also be pleased to discuss her "Bildungsroman" as a personal venture into Emerson's vision of self-reliance and Transcendentalism, the art of memoir, personifying the women's movement before there was a women's movement, and "seeing the elephant" of American pioneering lore.

Miller, Courtney

Miller, Courtney
Current Location: 
Westcliffe, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer - Author
Biography: 

Courtney Miller is the multi-award winning author of the seven-book series The Cherokee Chronicles which has received widespread acclaim in the Native American Community for authenticity and has received five international awards so far.

Courtney has written over 200 articles for the online magazine Native American Antiquity. He is considered an expert on ancient Native American cultures.

His newest book series, The White Feather Mysteries, is carrying on his award-winning tradition; the manuscript for book two, It’s About Time, was the winner of the 2016 Extravaganza Draft to Dream Book Competition.

Courtney shifted careers from business management to writing in 2012 and now resides in the Wet Mountain Valley in Southern Colorado with his wife, Lin.

Awards/Honors: 
The First Raven Mocker - Beverly Hills Book Award, International Book Award, NIEA Book Award
Harley (unpublished) - Finalist, 2017 Draft to Dream Book Competition
It's About Time - Winner, 2016 Draft to Dream Book Competition
The Raven Mocker's Legacy - Book Excellence Award
Gihli, A Chief Named Dog (coming soon) - Finalist, 2015 Draft to Dream Book Competition
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
For topics, refer to: http://courtneymillerauthor.wixsite.com/courtney-miller/speaker
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Graham, Ronnie Lee

Graham, Ronnie Lee
Birth City: 
Benton
Birth State: 
MO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer, runner, hiker, traveler, adventurer and volunteer
Biography: 

Growing up in a farming community alongside the Missippi river filled me with a sense of adventure. I would look at maps to see where that ever-moving brown water may carry me. I traced the route downstream and pictured the people I might meet. In my mind, I took that trip a hundred times. In the library, when I discovered Mark Twain, I took that trip along with Huck and Tom.

Today, viewing Pikes Peak through the window near my writing desk, I consider how wonderful God's creation is and renew that feeling.

Organizations: 
American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Grief - Motivational Topics - Experiences as a Writer

Black, Janice

Black, Janice
Current Location: 
Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Therapist - Social Worker - Writer
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts Degree in Social Work - Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Teaching Credentials
Organizations: 
National Association of Social Workers - Association for Family and Conciliation Courts - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Nelson, Steven LeRoy

Nelson, Steven LeRoy
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1953
Birth City: 
McPherson
Birth State: 
KS
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Steven LeRoy Nelson is an award-winning humorist whose short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Leviathan, Fire And Ice, and other publications. He has published six novels in the Axel Hatchett series set in the Colorado Springs area.

Awards/Honors: 
Colorado College Award in Literature
Adelaide Bender Raville Fiction Award, Department of First Stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts degree, Colorado College, Colorado Springs
Organizations: 
Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mystery writing - The Old West - Weaponry of the Old West

Alleman, Arleen

Alleman, Arleen
Birth City: 
Bolton
Birth State: 
UK
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired - Author
Biography: 

Arleen is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a science education and loves nature and reality. She is a life-long avid reader and began writing fiction in 2009. She has completed the six-book Darcy Farthing adventure series, which are contemporary mysteries with travel and thought-provoking topical subjects.

Awards/Honors: 
First three books of Darcy Farthing series - Best Trilogy of 2012 by booksandauthors.net
Education/Training: 
Degree in Biology - Dozens of professional training courses in conjunction with GAO position - Many additional college level courses in varied subjects from robotics to religion
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Health - Exercise - Positive thinking - Public speaking - Path to becoming an author later in life

Grant, Khadija

Grant, Khadija
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Khadija Grant is a proud mother of three little girls and the author of two amazing books. She has published The Influenced, an inspirational book that encourages the reader to look beyond their current situation and to take control of their destiny, as well as an entrepreneurial book for children called You Can Start One Too!

Her passion for writing realistic fiction started after she sent stories to her husband while he was deployed in Iraq. After hearing how it impacted his tour, each book she wrote was written to entertain, yet inspire her readers. Khadija is from Cleveland, Ohio, and when she is not writing, you can find her creating doll shows with her children or watching a TED Talks episode. Her dream is to touch as many lives as possible, especially those who come from unfortunate circumstances and help to build them up to become bold enough to fight for their dreams.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

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
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