General Fiction

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Harley (unpublished) - Finalist, 2017 Draft to Dream Book Competition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
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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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Wernly, Kathy and Bob

Wernly, Kathy and Bob
Pseudonym: 
Kathy Clark and Bob Kat (YA)
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1951
Birth City: 
Houston
Birth State: 
TX
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Bob and Kathy Wernly write as a team under the penname of Kathy Clark for our adult romantic suspense novels and Bob Kat for our YA romance/mystery/time travel series (Timeshifters). We lived in Colorado since 1985 and in Colorado Springs for a year and a half. Several of our series are set in Colorado, including Denver Heroes, and an upcoming series set in Cripple Creek called Breathless. One of our YA novels (Forever Love) is a time travel ghost story set at the Stanley Hotel the year it opened in 1911. We have given workshops and speeches about writing and creativity all over the U.S.

Kathy is a past vice-president of Romance Writers of America and a co-founder of Colorado Romance Writers.

Education/Training: 
BA degree in Mass Communications and Fine Arts, York College (Kathy) - BS and MBA in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration (Bob)
Organizations: 
Romance Writers of America - Colorado Romance Writers - Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Characterization - Plotting - Writing a series - Writing with a partner - Writing young adult novels - Writing new adult novels - How to self publish your book - Many other writing-related topics

Bryan, John

Bryan, John
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1956
Birth City: 
Chickasha
Birth State: 
OK
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Entertainer and author
Biography: 

John Bryan is a writer, composer, musician, actor and illusionist. He has lived in Colorado Springs, CO since 1984 with his wife Michèle and is the proud father of two sons, Erik and Alex.

He is the author of the novel Dark Brother and will soon be releasing short story collection entitled Side Streets and Dark Alley and another full length novel entitled Seeking Jack.

Organizations: 
International Brotherhood of Magicians
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Making fiction real - Where ideas come from

van de Berkt, Leah

van de Berkt, Leah
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1987
Birth City: 
Cheyenne
Birth State: 
WY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Wife - Mother - Technical Support
Biography: 

Leah has been writing since she was six years old. Her very first story was written for her mother and Leah illustrated it herself using stencils and crayons.

Leah was homeschooled from Kindergarten through 12th grade, and started community college when she turned 16. From there she went on to College of the Ozarks in Missouri and graduated in 2009 with a BA in English.

Leah's and debut children's story released under her children's author pen name Julia Joss on November 27, 2012 entitled Blue Hooves and a Broken Wing. Three years later she released her first novel, Unraveling Glenmore, in April 2015.

In addition to writing, Leah enjoys playing the piano and the Irish Tin Whistle. She loves reading, drinking coffee, having long talks with friends and fellow book lovers, as well as being outside.

Currently Leah lives with her husband and daughter along the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in English, College of the Ozarks
Speaker Availability: 
No
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