General Fiction

Eiman, Ashley

Eiman, Ashley
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1986
Birth City: 
Janesville
Birth State: 
WI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Editor and Copywriter
Biography: 

Ashley Eiman is a professional editor and writer living in Colorado. She loves Downton Abbey, country music, and all things Jane Austen.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2008, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Glen Eyrie - General Palmer and family

Anderson, John

Anderson, John
Current Location: 
El Paso County, Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Retired El Paso County sheriff - Historian and writer
Biography: 

John Wesley Anderson, El Paso County Sheriff 1995-2003 (retired) has lived in the Pikes Peak Region since 1956 and grew up in the shadow of Pikes Peak on a ranch in eastern El Paso County where he loved riding horses and collecting arrowheads. John enjoyed a thirty year law enforcement career, including twenty-two years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and two four year terms as Sheriff for El Paso County.

Much of John’s law enforcement experience was spent as a homicide detective and teaching criminal investigations and forensic science. He is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and earned an MBA from Regis University. After becoming term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public service and was hired by Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors. John is recognized as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Homeland Defense, Homeland Security and Corporate Security. He had many assignments across the country and around world to include several trips to the Horn of Africa (Djibouti) and the United Arab Emeritus (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

John retired from Lockheed Martin on Columbus Day (October 12th) 2012, to launch a consulting business, JW Anderson and Associates, Ltd. and pursue his passion for history, art and writing. John resides in Northern El Paso County, Colorado, with his wife Brenda, their daughter Laynie, a rescue cat named Jay Catsby and black lab named Mango Moose of Gleneagle. John is currently researching and writing several books, including a historical fiction novel and a science fiction novel.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region -- Ute Indian Prayer Trees are a unique variety of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) that were skillfully cultivated by the Ute Indians throughout much of Colorado. The Ute began modifying trees for navigational, medicinal, nutritional, educational, burial or spiritual purposes, hundreds of years ago. Many Ute Prayer Trees can still be found today and some are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago. The Ute do not have a traditional migration story, so it remains somewhat of a mystery where they may have come from or when they arrived in what they know as the Shining Mountains, but according to the Ute oral history their Creation Story says they were placed here at the beginning of time by Senawahv, the Creator. The Ute Elders claim they were the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region and have had a continuous presence for perhaps 14,000 years in what is today Colorado, with 2 Reservations still in existence in the Four Corners area (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations). Pikes Peak, a mountain known as Tava to the Ute, was the most sacred of all the Shining Mountains for their oral history teaches them that the Creator has the day start there first and each day is a gift from the Creator. The Ute like many other Native Americans, believe all things in life, including trees, have a spirit and many of the UPTs discovered in El Paso, Teller and Custer Counties, point towards Tava (Pikes Peak) and other sacred places of the Ute people.

McKenna, John Dwaine

McKenna, John Dwaine
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

John Dwaine McKenna is the author of four novels, and two were awarded EVVYS for excellence in fiction by the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association, or CIPA. He writes a weekly newspaper column called the Mysterious Book Report for the Tri-Valley Townsman in Sullivan County, New York, where he was born and raised. Like John on Facebook to receive weekly book reviews and blogs. He and his wife June have lived in Southern Colorado for nearly five decades.

Awards/Honors: 
2014 - IPPY Award, Colorado Noir: Stories from the Dark Side
2013 - EVVY Award, The Whim-Wham Man
2012 - EVVY Award, The Neversink Chronicles: Stories
Speaker Availability: 
No

Coleman, Patricia

Coleman, Patricia
Pseudonym: 
P.R. Morris
Biography: 

Patricia Coleman, aka P. R. Morris, is a critically acclaimed author of historical, amateur sleuth, and alternative history short stories and novels. She has received two Reviewers' Choice awards and spoken at national writers conferences. One critic wrote "Ms. Coleman writes with elegance and pizzaz." (Romantic Times). Her latest historical romantic mystery, Tea and Treachery is now on sale. Pat lives in Colorado where she works with Special Needs teenagers and volunteers at the local zoo.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Williams, Andria

Williams, Andria
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Andria Williams is the author of The Longest Night (Random House, January 2016), a novel set among Army families in Idaho in the late 1950s. The Longest Night has received starred review from Kirkus and Booklist. It was chosen as Amazon's "Debut Novel of the Month" for Jan. 2016. Williams is a Winter 2016 Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Authors" pick.

She and her family recently moved to beautiful Colorado Springs, where her active-duty husband is stationed, and they are enjoying Colorado very much.

Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Goff, Chris

Goff, Chris
Pseudonym: 
Christine Goff
Biography: 

Chris Goff is the award-winning author of five environmental novels and a new international thriller series. The bestselling Birdwatcher's Mystery series was nominated for two WILLA Literary Awards, a Colorado Author's League Award, and published in the UK and Japan. The books were re-released by Astor+Blue Editions in December 2014, and her sixth in the series, A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, was released May 2016.

DARK WATERS, her first international thriller, was published September 2015 by Crooked Lane Books. An explosive new thriller set amid the Israel-Palestine conflict, Dark Waters is a series debut that mirrors global headlines and will have readers frantically turning pages.

Awards/Honors: 
2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist - Red Sky (Thriller category)
2016 Colorado Book Award Finalist - Dark Waters (Thriller category)
Organizations: 
Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Hall, Elizabeth

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1958
Birth City: 
San Jose
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Kingston, WA
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

I spent most of my life in Colorado, beginning in 1962, and only moving away in 2014. My book, Miramont's Ghost, is set at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, and though fiction, it includes local history and places. I spent several months researching the book, in both Colorado and New Mexico, and included much of the material that I found.

Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Education, Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado
Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Dawid, Annie

Dawid, Annie
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer/Artist/Professor of English and Creative Writing
Biography: 

I have lived in Colorado for over a decade and moved to the Pikes Peak region in 2014 from Wet Mountain Valley. I Have written for Colorado Central magazine, High Country News and was a Colorado Voice for The Denver Post.
I am the author of three volumes of fiction and many short stories, book reviews, and essays. I recently won Northern Colorado Writers award for the Essay and the New Rocky Mountain Voices award for a short play. My Ph.D. is from the University of Denver

Awards/Honors: 
2013 - First Prize, Nothern Colorado Writers, non-fiction, "Deeps"
2012 - First Prize, Dana Award in the Essay, "All Thy Waves"
2012 - First Prize, Orlando Flash Fiction Award, "Nitza Kosher Pizza"
2012 - Finalist, Resurrection City: Stories of Jonestown, Snake Nation Press
2012 - Finalist, Resurrection City: Stories of Jonestown, Black Lawrence Press
2008 - First Prize, Short Grain Magazine, Dramatic Monologue, "Mamelah's Monologue"
2007 - First Prize, Literal Latte Short-Short Fiction Contest
2007 - First Prize, Litchfield Review, Short Fiction, And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family
2007 - Second Prize, Abroad Writer's Conference, Fiction, for "Knowing What I Know" (section of Jonestown)
2006 - Selected "Colorado Voice" for The Denver Post, temporary columnist
2006 - Finalist, Meteorite Showers, Black Lawrence Press, Short Fiction
2006 - Second Prize, Arthur Edelstein Prize, "Calisthenics: Bucharest 1950"
2006 - Second Prize, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, "The Closer You Were..."
2001 - Carnegie-Mellon University Press Series in Short Fiction winner
2001 - First Prize, "Whatever You Two Call Yourselves", Permafrost Fiction
Education/Training: 
Ph.D., English, University of Denver, 1989 - Master of Arts, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 1986 - Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, San Francisco State University, 1982
Organizations: 
Associated Writing Programs - Sangre Artists Guild
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Fiction writing - Jewish-American literature - Peoples Temple and the Jonestown Massacre - Holocaust literature - Russell Banks, a great unsung American novelist

Diller, Janelle

Diller, Janelle
Birth State: 
KS
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

I’ve always had a passion for writing. Early on, I polished my writing skills by passing notes to my friends instead of paying attention in math class. The resulting time in detention gave me lots of time to write more notes. As a young child, I wouldn’t leave home without a pad and pencil just in case my novel hit me, and I had to scribble it down quickly. Sadly, I eventually lost this naiveté. However, as a result of my love of writing, I have an unusual variety of books published. The list includes books for the construction industry and grammar textbooks. (If writing about drywall or gerunds is better than not writing at all, it says something about what drives me.) Fortunately, I also write novels for adults, as well as early chapter books for young readers. This is the writing that feeds my soul.

These days, I’m having a ball creating the Australian, Austria, and Mexico books for Pack-n-Go Girls travel and adventure series. The Amazon best selling series is targeted for early readers ages six to nine.

In whatever spare time I have, one of my favorite things to do is to connect with my readers. Whether you’re in a classroom, book club, or other group, I’d love to visit in person—time and geography permitting—or on Skype. Contact me at janelle@packngogirls.com.

Awards/Honors: 
2017 IPPY Bronze Award - Never Enough Flamingos
2017 CIPA Evvy Gold - Never Enough Flamingos
2017 Kansas Notable Book - Never Enough Flamingos
2017 Literary Classics Gold - Best Series - Young Reader, Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures
2017 CIPA Evvy Silver - Children's Story Books, Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures
2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Silver - Best Chapter Book Series, Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures
2016 CIPA Evvy Award Winner, Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures
2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards - Gold Medal for Best Children's Chapter Book Series
2016 Colorado Book Award Finalist - The Virus
2016 Book Pipeline Competition Semifinalist - The Virus
2015 CIPA Evvy Silver - Literary and Contemporary Fiction, The Virus
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - Bachelor of Arts Degree in History/English, Goshen College
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing - Children's books - Mennonites - Personal privacy issues

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

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