General Fiction

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

Entwistle, Bert

Entwistle, Bert
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1948
Birth City: 
Rochelle
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance writer, author and photographer
Biography: 

Bert moved from Illinois to Colorado Springs in 1974 with my wife Nancy and sons Jeremy and Chad. He now has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He started as a freelance photojournalist covering action sports and started writing as well as photographing nearly twenty years ago. He has worked as a photographer/writer for rodeo/bull riding, and track photographer for Pikes Peak International Raceway.

As a freelance writer and photographer, he has sold hundreds of articles to dozens of magazines and sold thousands of photographs. He has covered the rodeo, bull riding and performance horse world for many years and has written on subjects as diverse as the meat packing industry, water rights and family ranching.

Awards/Honors: 
2018 - Merit award, CIPA Book Awars for "Murder in the Dell"
2007 - Agricultural Writers Association "Feature of the Year"
Several awards for photgraphy and cowboy-style poetry
Organizations: 
Owner/Publisher of Black Mule Press
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Will speak on most subjects related to journalism, photojournalism, and fiction writing - Using the internet for research - Writing your first novel - Breaking into print - Small press publishing

Binder, L. Annette

Current Location: 
Boston, MA
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and came to Colorado Springs at the age of five. She grew up in the Springs and graduated from Mitchell High School. Her stories are almost all set in Colorado Springs and its environs.

Awards/Honors: 
A Poets & Writers Notable First Book
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
A Fiction Writers Review Book of the Week
Winner of the ForeWord Firsts Summer 2012 Competition for Debut Fiction
Education/Training: 
A.B., Harvard University - M.A., UC Berkeley - J.D., Harvard Law School - MFA, UC Irvine - graduate of Mitchell High School, Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Loerzel, Marie

Loerzel, Marie
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Marie Loerzel is the author of Rock the Kasbah: A Memoir of Misadventure, a memoir about her life as an expat living in Morocco with her family during Arab Spring. She has since moved back to Colorado Springs where she continues to write her blog of the same name. These days, when she's not writing you can find her refusing to iron work shirts for her husband, embarrassing her 4 kids, wrangling her 2 wily dogs, dancing, daydreaming about traveling to pungent exotic places and just generally screwing things up royally.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Morocco - Writing (books or blogging)
Local Authors Genres: 

Huxman, Karin

Huxman, Karin
Pseudonym: 
K.D. Huxman (for children)
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance writer, freelance editor, poet
Biography: 

K.D. Huxman’s first love, after reading, was space. She wanted to be the first veterinarian astronaut. In college she studied biology and was in Air Force ROTC. After college she became an Air Force officer. But rocketing to the stars was not to be. She married a fellow Air Force officer and settled into raising a family. But she never forgot her love of books or science. Many of her books have a science fiction or fantasy element. K.D. went on to earn an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Norwich University. Her first picture book is Dragon Talk. Her second picture book, Grizzelda Gorilla won an EPPIE for Best Children’s/YA Ebook. Both picture books are from Dragonfly Publishing. She writes nonfiction for children at Apprentice Shop Books. After travelling around the country with the Air Force, K.D. settled in Colorado. On a clear night she enjoys looking up at the stars, dreaming, and writing.

Awards/Honors: 
2019 - IBPA Benjamin Franklin award - Gold medal for "The Colorado Coal Field War"
Nominated for RWA Golden Heart Award; Various awards for the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest
Education/Training: 
M.F.A. Writing for Children, Vermont College/Norwich University - Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Romance Writers - Romance Writers of America - Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Electronically Published Internet Connection
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing romance novels, novellas, poetry, for magazines, for children, electronic publishing. I love to talk about writing and the business of writing. Please contact me with an idea and I will see what I can put together for you.

Blackburn, Alexander

Blackburn, Alexander
Birth City: 
Durham
Birth State: 
NC
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Novelist, literary critic, editor, university professor
Biography: 

Alex's mother came from an old family in Connecticut, the Cheneys, artists and silk manufacturers, and named him after his uncle, Dr. Alexander Lambert of New York, personal physician to President Theodore Roosevelt and one of the founders of Medicare. Alex's father, a Rhodes Scholar from South Carolina and professor of English at Duke University, mentored an entire generation of Southern writers, including William Styron, Ann Tyler and Reynolds Price.

After college, Alex volunteered as a private in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War, and after that service began his own career as a teacher of literature and writing, with stints at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland's European division, and Oxford Polytechnic University.

From 1973 through 1995 he was Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

He lives in the city with his wife of 38 years, Inés, Chilean-born poet and Professor Emerita of Spanish Language and Literature and culture at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Awards/Honors: 
Finalist, 2011 Colorado Book Award, "Gifts from the Heart"
Finalist, 1996 Colorado Book Award, "Suddenly a Mortal Splendor"
Speaker Availability: 
No

Dorchak, F.P.

Dorchak, F.P.
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1960
Birth City: 
Yonkers
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

I grew up between Key West, Florida and Whitefield, New Hampshire, but spent most of my formative years in New York State’s Adirondack mountains. I attended Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona. Upon graduation, I entered the U.S. Air Force as an officer and served in missile warning and satellite operations. I was stationed at Cavalier AFS, North Dakota, then Falcon AFS/Schriever AFB, CO (moved to Colorado in 1985).

I've been writing about the paranormal, supernatural and the "weird" since childhood, and have belonged to several Pikes Peak and Denver area writers groups. I have been associated with the PPWC writer's conference since it's beginning (1992). I have been interviewed on local and Internet radio and presented to local writer's groups.

Also see: https://fpdorchak.wordpress.com/about/.

Awards/Honors: 
2017 - Best Book Awards Fiction: Short Story for Do The Dead Dream?
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science in Physics (astronomy emphasis), Northern Arizona University
Organizations: 
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Indie publishing - Indie publishing panels (I have a series of blogs titled, "Going Indie -- What I've Learned (So Far), parts 1-8 - Any topic that might touch upon my fiction titles, e.g. the metaphysical and paranormal

Marts, Jennie

Marts, Jennie
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances
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Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.

Education/Training: 
Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Chapter of Romance Writers of America - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Topics include book clubs, writing, the craft of writing, and the occupation of writing. Jennie loves guest speaking at book clubs that have read her book

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