General Nonfiction

Podunovich, Maggie

Podunovich, Maggie
Birth City: 
Minneapolis
Birth State: 
MN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Former flight attendant - Self employed New Tech Medical
Biography: 

We have been in Colorado Springs since 2005, moving here from Castle Rock. I have lived in Colorado since 1967. I flew for the original Frontier Airlines for seventeen years when a back injury and subsequent surgery would not allow me to return to my flying duties. I still miss it.

My husband Bob and I started New Tech Medical in 1982. We are independent manufacturers Reps in medical sales. At one time we covered nine western states but now Bob is semi-retired and covers Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. I am currently working hard at selling my book.

In the late 1980s I found out that my aunt had saved a series of letters written to her by my father. They dated from 1945 to 1953 when he died. I was only six years old when he passed away so reading his letters gave me the opportunity of knowing just who this amazing man was. I was greatly encouraged by my sister to write a book based on these letters. It took me over 20 years to finish it and I think that the ending is just as it
was meant to be. The title is I've Been Only a Shadow." One of his letters says, "I've been only a shadow in the lives of so many people." The book was published in late 2015. I have been traveling to the cities where most of the story happened and am now concentrating on Colorado. I'm doing a spot on the radio
June 27th and am currently contacting TV stations about doing a short piece. I am passionate about his story. Had he lived, he would have told the story himself. I am very proud to be the one to share it. Thank you.

Education/Training: 
University of Utah - Arapahoe Community College - Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
Organizations: 
Castle Rock Writers Group - Pikes Peak Writers - Pikes Peak Writers Conferences
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Orphanages, child abuse, surviving extremely difficult situations and the ability to keep a good Irish (or whatever) sense of humor. The importance of family. How one woman raised four children by herself in the 1940s. The power of believing in yourself and giving yourself permission to do great things. And, of course, flying... it's the best job on earth!

Gomez, Royce

Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Speaker - Consultant
Biography: 

Royce Gomez has a heart for women from high school through adulthood. After earning five certifications in at-risk populations, Royce wrote a curriculum of 8 modules helping females: recognize self-worth, create healthy boundaries in relationships, and establish effective communication patterns. She spent over 5 years facilitating workshops on these topics.

Royce was married for 23-years and encourages women to go from a life of survival to thriving and living out their dreams. She has encouraged women for more than 15 years, mentoring and discipling them as they faced difficulties.

Today Royce Gomez is an author and speaker. She has written and published: Freedom Trails, an 8-module curriculum for women and teens; 7 Beautiful Weeks, The Love Affair That Wasn’t Meant to Last; The Spontaneous Journey; and co-authored the international best seller, Discover Your Destiny, Live Your Dreams, Love Your Life. She offers keynotes and complete workshops.

Her kids spent 9 of their formative years in the Front Range and Royce had the opportunity to return in 2016 after a 6 year hiatus. This is home.

Organizations: 
Toastmasters
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Empowering women - Adversity - Communication - Healthy boundaries - Social enterprise - Travel hacking

Steven Bivens

Steven Bivens
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1956
Birth City: 
Decatur
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Self-employed
Biography: 

At the age of 12 my family and I visited my brother while he was stationed at Ft. Carson. It was the first time that I ever saw mountains and in my young mind I told myself that one day I would live by these mountains. It is now over 45 years later and I am. But I encountered lifetime of experiences before fulfilling my childhood dream.

I am from the Midwest, a flatlander. I have been a probation officer, an explosive detection trainer, a trainer
for an inmate telephone company, a research analyst, and an instructor at a college here in Colorado Springs. I have travelled the world, dined at the 125 year old mansion of the former Chicago Bears' owner George Halas, and waded in the Bohol Sea. I have experienced a number of tragedies - I survived a haunting divorce, endured a 35 year ordeal which started with my father getting shot and killed when I was 22 years old, and there are many others.

But I have always fought back - with the help of my magnetic Colorado mountains I have come full circle - and now, I am living once more.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, Illinois State University
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Criminal justice - Writing - Motivational - Travel - Numismatics - Job searching

Petterson, Adrienne

Petterson, Adrienne
Current Location: 
Fountain, CO
Occupation(s): 
Travel writer - Nature photographer - Artist
Biography: 

Adrienne has lived in Fountain since 2013 and is originally from South Africa. She adores nature and has been a photographer for more years than she cares to admit. Having discovered so much to photograph in her own
backyard (she refers to everywhere as her "backyard"), a book of her work was the logical next step.

Her Backyard Snapshots book is an eBook, with 150 full color photos! Her book is for all ages, and she is particularly keen for children to read and enjoy this book as the message inside is to stop and look. Her book is available from Amazon.com and readable on most devices, which is great, as you're not restricted to using a Kindle.

Visit her website at www.pettprojects.com to see more wildlife photos, her art work and her travel stories.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Lippincott, Kenneth

Birth City: 
Denver
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Fountain, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired education and pastor - Author of romantic mysteries and thrillers
Biography: 

As an educator, teacher and high school principal, I moved toColorado in the '90s to both teach and pastor a small local church, while also working on a novel. After 48 years, I finished Freedom's Tree and self-published through West Bow Press, a division of Zondervan and Nelson Bibles.

Currently, I am writing a sequel titled Restoring Blair House, while planning a third in the series. I taught at Success First, the alternative school at Doherty High School and retired from Coronado High School where I taught English and served as department head.

In retirement, I've been a community activist battling against the commercialization of medical marijuana and
against the proliferation of smart meters, a wireless industry tool that emits electro-magnetic radio frequency, "dirty electricity."

Awards/Honors: 
1978, 1977, 1970 - Distinguished Service Award, Jaycees
1970-1971 - Mott Foundation Fellowship
1976 - Service to Youth Award, Kennedy High School Key Club
1978, 1970 - Listed in Outstanding Young Men of America, US Jaycees
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science in English and Social Studies, University of Colorado, 1967 - Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University, 1971 - Bachelor of Christian Ministry, Colorado Christian University, 1990.
Organizations: 
National Association of Secondary School Principals
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
My book, Freedom's Tree - Community Leadership: How to Find It and Make It Work for You - A humorous approach to self publishing - Creative writing - Utility smart meters and their effect on you - Marijuana Wars: My Life as a Community Activist
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Likins, Heidi

Likins, Heidi
Birth City: 
Minneapolis
Birth State: 
MN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Nurse Educator - Penrose Hospital
Biography: 

I have lived in Colorado Springs for over twelve years after living in the South Pacific as well as Mongolia in Central Asia - and I love it here! The mountains and nature of this region have influenced my writing and inspire me.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Self-publishing
Local Authors Genres: 

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.

Knauf, Sandra

Knauf, Sandra
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1963
Birth City: 
Oakland
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Phone (Public): 
(719) 473-9237
Occupation(s): 
Writer and Publisher, Greenwoman Publishing, LLC
Biography: 

Sandra Knauf is the one-woman-show behind Greenwoman Publishing. Her books include her newest work Please Don't Piss on the Petunias: Stories about Raising Kids, Crops, and Critters in the City, the six-volume series Greenwoman (compilations of literary garden writing and art), her young adult fantasy novel, Zera and the Green Man, and an anthology of sexy gardening stories that she says is the feminist gardener answer to Fifty Shades of Grey--Fifty Shades of Green.

She was a 2008-09 featured “Colorado Voices” columnist for The Denver Post and her humorous essays have appeared nationally in GreenPrints and MaryJanesFarm. She has also been a guest commentator on KRCC’s (NPR's southern Colorado affiliate) Western Skies radio show.

Sandra lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her family, dogs, huge urban garden, and lots of books.

Awards/Honors: 
2015 - Microgrant Award from Pikes Peak Arts Council
2013 - Microgrant Award from Pikes Peak Arts Council
2011 - Grant award from Pikes Peak Community Foundation for work on Greenwoman magazine
2008-2009 - Selected as a Denver Post "Colorado Voices" featured columnist
2005 - Edited book A Taste for Gardening (2004), recipient of the Top National Award from the National Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.
2002 - First Place, Creative Nonfiction, Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest
Education/Training: 
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Bachelor of Arts, English, 1991
Organizations: 
Grimy Hands Girls' Club - Toastmasters - League of Women Voters - Peak Peak Art Council - Green Cities Coalition
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Self-Publishing

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

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