General Nonfiction

Sninchak, Bev

Sninchak, Bev
Pseudonym: 
Bev Walton-Porter
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1964
Birth City: 
Covington
Birth State: 
VA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Professional Author and Editor
Biography: 

An honor graduate of Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Bev Sninchak first moved to the Pikes Peak region in 1979 when her stepfather was stationed at Ft. Carson. She majored in Applied Communication and minored in Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Previously, she attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, where she majored in Mass Communications and Psychology.

Bev has been a professional freelance writer, author, and copy editor since May 1997. In 2013, she added professional blogger to her creative toolbox. To date, her work has been published hundreds of times in print and online. She writes and edits from her home office in the Knob Hill area of Colorado Springs.

Writing under the pen names of Bev Walton~Porter and Star Ferris, she has authored five books, including Sun Signs for Writers (published by Writer's Digest Books), Secrets of the Professional Freelancer (Triple Crow Publishing), Mending Fences (Whiskey Creek Press), Hidden Fire (Whiskey Creek Press), and Shadows of the Soul (Triple Crow Publishing). Bev also co-authored The Complete Writer: A Guide To Tapping Your Full Potential, published by Red Engine Press.

She was editor and publisher of the award-winning e-zine for writers, Scribe & Quill, for over 15 years. On Friday, April 13, 2013, she launched )0(Triple Crow Publishing)0(, a small, exclusive eBook publisher based in the Springs.

For more details, visit her website at http://www.nocturnalmuse.com.

Awards/Honors: 
1995 Finalist, Contemporary Division, Fiction from the Heatland contest (sponsored by Mid-America Romance Authors)
Numerous awards from the Enid, OK Writer's Club
1st place poetry award from the Hennessey, OK Word Weavers
Education/Training: 
Graduated from Widefield High School in Colorado Springs; attended Phillips University in Enid, OK majoring in Mass Communications and Psychology; transferred to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, majoring in Applied Communications and minoring in Philosophy. Currently taking online courses with an emphasis on Social Psychology.
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - The Author's Guild - Editorial Freelance Association (EFA)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Researching and writing about the paranormal, professional freelancing, and manuscript editing.
Local Authors Genres: 

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

Johnson, Jackie M.

Johnson, Jackie M.
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1961
Birth City: 
Milwaukee
Birth State: 
WI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author and Freelance Writer
Biography: 

Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also a book publishing consultant who helps writers with book proposals and getting published. Originally from suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jackie moved to Colorado in 2000.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Communications, Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois)
Organizations: 
AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) - CAN (Christian Authors Network)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
How to Get Your Nonfiction Book Published: The Basics - Getting Over a Dating Relationship Breakup - Restoring Confidence and Self Esteem after a Breakup or Divorce - Finding Hope When You Need It Most - Surviving Hard Times: Help, Hope, and Encouragement - Dealing with Changes and Transitions in Life - Single at Christmas? Getting Through the Holidays with Joy

Keller, Jan

Keller, Jan
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1948
Birth City: 
Greeley
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Peyton, CO
Occupation(s): 
Publisher of The Country Register of Colorado and The Country Register of New Mexico
Biography: 

I moved to the Pikes Peak Plains Region in 1967 when I married my husband. We presently live near Peyton, Colorado, and we operate a ranch with cows and calves south of Rush, Colorado.

Awards/Honors: 
Best Serious Column Award winner - Colorado Press Association, 1993
Various CPA & NPA advertising awards
Education/Training: 
Some college and on-the-job training
Organizations: 
Past member and officer of The Pikes Peak Branch of The National League of American Pen Women
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I try to adapt to the requests of different organizations

Karchut, Darby

Karchut, Darby
Birth State: 
NM
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of Pikes Peak, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words.

Her books include the best selling middle grade series, The Adventures of Finn MacCullen. Her YA debut novel, Griffin Rising, has been optioned for film. Her latest book for middle grade, Del Toro Moon, was released October 2018 from Owl Hollow Press.

Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com

Awards/Honors: 
Stag Lord - USA Book News 2016 Best Book Award Finalist
Stone's Heart - 2016 Chatelaine Award Finalist
Finn Finnegan – 2014 IPPY Silver Medal for Juvenile Fiction
Gideon's Spear - 2014 International Reader's Favorite Bronze Medal
Griffin Rising -- 2012 Gold Medal Children's Literary Classics; 2011 Sharp Writ Book of the Year
Griffin's Fire - 2012 Finalist, Sharp Writ Book Award; 2012 Readers' Favorite Bronze Award, Young Adult
Money and Teens -- 2013 EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) Book of the Year
Education/Training: 
MA in Education - The Colorado College ; BA in Anthropology - The University of New Mexico
Organizations: 
PAL member of the SCBWI ; Member of the Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Craft of Writing - Genre Fiction - Middle Grade and YA Fiction

Klismet, Jr., Peter M.

Klismet, Jr., Peter M.
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

I'm a native of Colorado and grew up in the Denver area. I left after finishing college, but returned after 27 years.

Awards/Honors: 
2nd Place, non-fiction, Public Safety Writer's Association, National Convention, July 2013
Education/Training: 
2 Master's Degrees - Bachelor of Science Degree
Organizations: 
Public Safety Writer's Association - Society of Former FBI Agents - National Association of Cold Case Investigators - Professor Emeritus at Pikes Peak Community College
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Speaks on crime-related topics, the FBI, criminal profiling, and related topics

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