General Fiction

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
Local Authors Genres: 

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

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