General Nonfiction

Jones, T. Duren

Jones, T. Duren
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Biography: 

T. Duren Jones gets out into the wilderness as often as possible, camping, fishing, hiking, desert trekking, and "bagging" peaks—and does he have stories to tell! He's hiked hundreds of trails, completed the nearly 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, and has summitted all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks. He's kinda crazy that way.

Tim enjoys taking friends, family, and his wife, Diane, on wilderness quests with him ... and most of them have survived his escapades. His first book is titled Tales from the Trails. The book is part adventure journal, part travelogue, part motivational encouragement, part stand-up comedy—and includes 26 nearly true outdoor stories from trails and climbs around the American West.

Tim and his wife have raised four creative and equally adventurous children. He and Diane enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle together that includes biking, softball, snowshoeing, hunting and hiking the many wonderful trails in their home state of Colorado.

About the book -- Care to be entertained? Humored? Informed? Inspired? (All from wilderness trail adventure stories, featuring those who made it out.) Then this book— Tales from the Trails, published by WordFire Press— is for you! You can order a paperback and/or ebook on Amazon.

Tales from the Trails—part adventure journal, part travelogue, part motivational encouragement, part stand-up comedy—includes 26 mostly true outdoor stories from trails and climbs around the American West. This book is for anyone who loves spending time in the outdoors, who wish they could be outdoors more, or who simply enjoy reading about other nuts who spend time outdoors.

The author also has a web site and regular blog featuring stories from the Pikes Peak region and around the American West, and is published monthly in the New Falcon Herald Newspaper, as well as in four regional/neighborhood newsletters on the Front Range. He also publishes an annual calendar featuring author stories and photos from wilderness trails.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
-- Fun, family trails in the Pikes Peak Region -- Discoveries of "secret," unexpected finds for trial hiking and open/wilderness spaces in the Pikes Peak Region and in state of Colorado -- Adventures on 14ers, some dramatic, some humorous—author has summitted all 54 peaks (on second round now with granddaughter) -- Colorado Trail stories—author has hiked/completed all 468 miles from Denver to Durango (done in segments)

Brummett, Nancy Parker

Brummett, Nancy Parker
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance writer and author
Biography: 

The author has lived in Colorado Springs since 1977.

Education/Training: 
Master of Science Degree in English Education, University of Tennessee - Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, University of Tennessee
Organizations: 
Sustaining Member, Junior League of Colorado Springs - Past President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado - Past President, National League of American Pen Women - Alumnus, Delta Delta Delta
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please visit the author's website for a listing of speaking engagement topics.

Brander, Bruce

Pseudonym: 
B.G. Brander
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author and journalist
Biography: 

Bruce Brander is an international journalist and author of several books on travel and social philosophy. He has been a staff writer and photographer of newspapers in New Zealand and the United States, was a writer and editor for National Geographic, and for twelve years served as a traveling journalist and editor for World Vision, a global relief and development agency. Bruce Brander lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Awards/Honors: 
Honorary Knight of Mark Twain
Top national awards for Christian journalism
Top national photography awards from Eastman Kodak Co. and Professional Photographers of America
Education/Training: 
BSc. in English; advanced studies in history and sociology
Speaker Availability: 
No

Bille, Matthew A. (Matt)

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Defense Analyst, Freelance Writer
Education/Training: 
BS, Public Administration - Masters, Public Administration - Masters, Space Systems Management
Organizations: 
National Association of Science Writers - American Astronautical Society (member, History Committee) - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Contact author for speaking topics and availability
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Bergstrom, Leslie

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
President of "Talk of the Town: Enjoy Colorado Through Books, Slide Shows and Tours"
Biography: 

I have lived in Colorado Springs since 1959. I volunteer at the Fine Arts Center, Cheyenne Mt. Zoo, Bear Creek Nature Center, Garden of the Gods, and White House Ranch. Inspiration from out-of-town walking tour books led to Trips On Twos. I am actively involved in presenting bus tours, walking tours, slide presentations, talks, school programs, adult education and Elderhostel classes (Local, Colorado, Rocky Mountain West)

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in English, The Colorado College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude)
Organizations: 
Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau - Meeting Planners Association of Colorado Springs - Colorado Historical Society - American Association of University Women - Fine Arts Center Docents - Women's Educational Society - International Platform Association - Daughters of the King
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Contact author for speaking topics and availability
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Bentley, Nancy

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer, Librarian, Educator
Biography: 

I came to Colorado in 1973 because of the beauty of the land and the promise of the future.

Awards/Honors: 
The Case of the Garden Monster - Colorado Authors' League Award (2004)
I've Got Your Nose! - Junior Library Guild Award (1993)
The Making of a Storybook - Recognition at the Chicago Children's International Film Festival 1992
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Lake Erie College, Ohio, 1968 - Master of Education, Educational Communications, University of Hawaii, 1972 - M. A. L. S., Library Science, University of Denver, 1974 - University of Denver Publishing Institute, 1981 - Stanford University, Publishing Course, 1983
Organizations: 
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Colorado Authors League - Authors Guild - Colorado Association of Libraries
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Contact author for speaker topics and availability

Alexander, A.F.

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

The author was born in Colorado Spring and has lived here all her life.

Education/Training: 
BSBA, BA Sacred Theology
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Yes, on the Religious Right in current events and politics.

Adams, Mark A.

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
President, Achievement Edge, LLC -- Consultant, Conflict Coach, Trainer/Speaker
Biography: 

Mark is a second generation native to Colorado and loves the area too much to want to leave.

Education/Training: 
Business Administration
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Yes - Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Working with Change, Thinking and Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Managment and Communication
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Stansfield, John

Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Storyteller and writer
Biography: 

A resident of Colorado and a storyteller since 1970, John has told stories professionally since 1979. During that time he has performed for more than one million listeners (thankfully, not all at once) in a great variety of settings. John's programs of stories and a cappella ballads feature: Western History and Environment; Literature Aloud!; and, World Folklore, especially American lore. He reenacts the lives of national park pioneers Enos Mills and John Otto, as well as Charles Fox Gardiner, frontier physician.

A former classroom teacher, he is a specialist in storytelling in education, having taught storytelling and other courses at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 1989, he founded the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival, now the Douglas County Libraries Storytelling Festival. He spends his spare time hiking, skiing, and working to protect Colorado's wild places.

Awards/Honors: 
Writers of the American West: Multicultural Learning Encounters (Teacher Ideas Press, 2002) earned a Colorado Authors' League Award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award
For his conservation efforts, the Wilderness Society presented Stansfield an Environmental Heroes Award in 2004 and the John Wade Award from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sierra Club in 2013
Education/Training: 
John graduated with a degree in English from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1970.
Organizations: 
Colorado Authors League - National Storytelling Network - Rocky Mountain Storytellers - Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition - Wild Connections
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing Like a Storyteller - Storytelling: the Tell-Tale Art - Historytelling - Developing a Living History Character

Brettschneider, Margaret

Brettschneider, Margaret
Pseudonym: 
M.J. Brett
Birth City: 
Kansas City
Birth State: 
MO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs
Occupation(s): 
Author, Speaker, Teacher
Biography: 

In a nutshell: born, lost, found, raised in Los Angeles as a dancer, graduated, married best friend at 18, had two daughters plus half the neighborhood who came to dinner and stayed, husband died suddenly in his early thirties, life ended, then began again when I was hired by the Department of Defense to teach overseas.

I am now working on a novel about PTSD set here in Colorado Springs. I need people willing to be interviewed. Contact me on my website: http://www.mjbrett.com.

Stayed 21 years in Germany, seven of them on the Cold War Border, remarried a pilot, and we CHOSE Colorado Springs when we came home in 1995. Seeing the tension on the military border, the extensive travel, the think tank topics, all offered opportunities to observe people under pressure...a favorite topic of my novels. It's not so much what happens to my characters as how they handle it. Where do human beings find the resilience to keep on fighting for their dreams, even through disaster?

All my stories are based on true events and people, (for whom I change the names to protect the guilty) and all are stories I felt needed to be told. I find our mountains, wildlife, and town spirit conducive to creativity.

Awards/Honors: 
Mutti's War - 1st place for historical fiction in the Paul Gillette Memorial Award in 2003
Shadows on an Iron Curtain - chosen to be in the Cavalry Museum for its "accurate portrayal of CAV mission during the Cold War"
Honored to be selected to serve on an International Think Tank on Foreign Relations while in Stuttgart, Germany
Various teaching awards
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Literature and English from University of California at Fullerton - Post graduate work for teaching credentials (K though college) - Fire mitigation training
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - National Pen Women, Pikes Peak Branch - Skyway FireWise Mitigation Chairman - Cheyenne Mountain Club - Enzian Austrian-American Club - AOSHS (American Overseas Schools Historical Society)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
World War II history (all ages, clubs, groups or schools from 5th grade up) - Nazi impact on the common man ... can it happen again? (all ages, clubs, groups or schools from 5th grade up) - The Cold War in Europe: The mission, the spies, and the outcomes (adult, clubs, groups) - Journalism: The Art of Interviewing (high school) - Writing novels, short stories, memoirs (all ages, clubs, groups, seniors, or schools of any grade). Info is tailored to suit age group or club interest.
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