General Fiction

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
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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)
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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

Wright, Shelly

Wright, Shelly
Pseudonym: 
Shelly Goodman Wright
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1971
Birth City: 
Downey
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Teacher - Homeschooling mom
Biography: 

As a young, vicious reader, Shelly Goodman Wright spent most of her time, either in the restricted reading section of the library, or scribbling away in journals. Shelly’s first novel A Light into the Darkness earned a Puddly Award in 2013 and in 2015 was nominated for Family Fiction's top ten books. In 2016, she completed and published her third novel in the Twisted Roots series and started teaching creative writing classes at High Country Home Educators. Currently she is working on an apocalyptic romance which can only be described as a cross between Left Behind and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Shelly lives in Colorado with her husband Tim, three daughters, two dogs, and three guinea pigs.

Awards/Honors: 
Goodreads - Best Christian Fiction
Powell's Bookstore winner 2012 of the Puddly Awards
Organizations: 
Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group - Fiction Foundry
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I love writing. Just give me a topic and I can speak for hours. My passion is helping others tell their story. I'm not so strong on the grammar side, but can efficiently show another writer how to grow in the craft of writing. Telling vs Showing...active voice, passive voice, tense shifts (more conceptual). I also love working with young writers and building on their passion for the written word. I know a lot about writing critique groups as well and have been a part of one since 2009--the best way to grow as a writer :-)
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Burns, Andrew

Burns, Andrew
Pseudonym: 
A.M. Burns
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1965
Birth City: 
Niagra Falls
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Florissant, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks.

As of January 2013 he is the president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group.

Organizations: 
Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, President
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing and Falconry

Bazer, Ashley

Bazer, Ashley
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1973
Birth City: 
Enid
Birth State: 
OK
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Christian Radio Producer
Biography: 

Ashley Hodges Bazer is the author of the epic sci-fi series, The Crown's Call, which explores the onset and aftermath of a religious holocaust in a space opera setting. She also dabbles in young adult fantasy, bringing chess pieces to life in Checkmate and mixing up fairy tales with fun twists in Once Upon a Heist.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. After earning her bachelor’s degree in theatrical stage management from Arizona State University, she went on to work for Disneyland in that capacity. Currently a content producer for an international daily radio program, she’s become a pro at balancing work, writing, and mom duties. And she's a real duchess!

Learn more about Ashley and her upcoming books at www.AshleyBazer.com.

Awards/Honors: 
Asylum -- Certificate of Merit, 2012 Deep River Books Writing Contest
Asylum -- Grand Prize Winner, 2012 WestBow Press Writer's Contest
Checkmate -- Top 30 Finalist, 2012 Women of Faith Writing Contest
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in Theater (stage management)
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
No

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