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Oswald, Nancy

Oswald, Nancy
Birth City: 
Denver
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Cotopaxi, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Writer
Biography: 

Nancy Oswald loves researching and writing historical fiction books for young readers. She has, however, written in a variety of genres including personal interest pieces, children’s plays, poetry, educational research, biography, and nonfiction articles. Oswald spent her growing up years in Denver but has lived as an adult in rural Colorado and the outback of British Columbia where she taught in a one and a two room school. She taught for 20 years in rural Colorado and is now retired.

Nancy currently lives with her husband and their dogs, cats, cows, chickens, and one nearly human donkey on a family ranch near Cotopaxi, Colorado.

Awards/Honors: 
2017 Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner - Trouble Returns
2017 Colorado Author's League Awards Winner - Trouble Returns
2015 Spur Award Winner - Edward Wynkoop: Soldier and Indian Agent
2015 Colorado Author's League and Will Rogers Medallion Finalist - Trouble on the Tracks ​
2014 Cipa Evvy Award Winner - Insects in the Field
2009 Third Place Evvy Winner - Hard Face Moon
Colorado Book Award Finalist, Spur Finalist, and CIPA Evvy winner - Rescue in Poverty Gulch
Willa Literary Award Winner, Spur Finalist, and Notable Book for a Global Society - Nothing Here but Stones
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please visit Nancy's website at http://www.nancyoswald.com/services.html.

McCraw, Doris

Pseudonym: 
Angela Raines
Birth City: 
Carthage
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Doris McCraw,writing fiction as Angela Raines, is an Author, Speaker, Historian specializing in
Colorado and Women's History. Born and raised in West Central Illinois, she grew up on history. She likes to say it's in her DNA.

After moving to Colorado, Doris spent many a day traveling the state, soaking up the history.
She has presented at three of the Pikes Peak Library District's History Symposia. She writes non-fiction and poetry under her own name and historical fiction under her pen name. Doris as also worked as an actor along with teaching the subject. In her spare time she has taught music, speech and writing workshops.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Jones, Andrea

Occupation(s): 
Writer - Owner of Jones Literary Services
Biography: 

Andrea M. Jones born and raised in Colorado. Andrea writes about people’s relationship to the land from a high grassy ridge southwest of Pikes Peak, where she lives with her husband and their two horses. Her nonfiction book, Between Urban and Wild, explores the beauties, contradictions, joys, and responsibilities of life outside the urban boundary. As the owner of Jones Literary Services, Andrea creates back-of-the-book indexes for publishers and authors. She blogs at www.BetweenUrbanAndWild.com.

Awards/Honors: 
2016 - Colorado Authors' League Writing Award - Top prize for blogging
Speaker Availability: 
No

Sutherland, Irene

Sutherland, Irene
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1959
Birth City: 
Rochester
Birth State: 
NH
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Homemaker - Author - Seamstress - Hospital Volunteer
Biography: 

Irene Sutherland and her husband Scott live in Monument, Colorado. Irene is a native of New Hampshire, moved to Florida as a teen, married her high school sweetheart and has lived in Colorado ever since, minus two years when Scott was stationed at Loring Air Force Base in northern Maine. Irene and her husband have four grown, married children and fifteen grandchildren.

Martin J. Delohery was a resident of Monument for many years. His dying wish was to have a memoir written about his immigrant parents coming to America from Ireland, his growing up during the Great Depression and how that influenced his attitude and values in life, as well as having served in World War II. Martin was well known in our community, once owning Village Inn in Monument, Colorado so that he could build the one on Wolfensberger Road in Castle Rock. He and his wife Dorothy were both instrumental in the building
and expanding of St. Peter School in Monument, Colorado.

Organizations: 
Springs Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Speaks about Martin's Memoirs, his stories, some of his family history, connections to Monument, Colorado history

Cowles, Ashlee

Cowles, Ashlee
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1984
Birth City: 
Ft. Knox
Birth State: 
KY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
High School Literature and Writing Teacher - PPCC Adjunct Instructor
Biography: 

Ashlee Cowles grew up an Army "brat" and has lived in many places, but her earliest memories are of Pikes Peak and she always seems to find her way back to Colorado Springs. She teaches literature/writing at an online high school, and philosophy at Pikes Peak Community College. Her debut Young Adult novel, Beneath Wandering Stars (Merit Press, August 2016), incorporates her love of international travel and her lifelong connection to the military community.

Learn more at her website, www.ashleecowles.com.

Awards/Honors: 
2017 Colorado Book Award Winner - Beneath Wandering Stars (Young Adult Literature category)
Irene Goodman Historical Fiction Pitch Contest - First Place award, August 2011, for Time Keepers manuscript
Paul Gillette Award (Pikes Peak Writers) - Third Place award for Young Adult Fiction, April 2011, for Time Keepers manuscript
Paul Gillette Award (Pikes Peak Writers) - Second Place award for Historical Fiction, April 2010, for To the Ends of the Earth manuscript
Education/Training: 
M. Litt. in Medieval History from University of St. Andrews, Scotland - M.T.S. in Theological Ethics from Duke University - Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Theology from University of San Diego
Organizations: 
The Anselm Society - Pikes Peak Writers - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
How Military Brat Life Shaped Me As a Writer - GRIT: The Unique Strengths of Military Kids - Wandering Writers: How to Use Travel to Write Authentic Stories - Every Hero is Also a Pilgrim: Using the Hero's Journey in All Genres - Why Imagination Will Change the World. More information available at www.ashleecowles.com/speaking-school-visits/
Local Authors Genres: 

Eiman, Ashley

Eiman, Ashley
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1986
Birth City: 
Janesville
Birth State: 
WI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Editor and Copywriter
Biography: 

Ashley Eiman is a professional editor and writer living in Colorado. She loves Downton Abbey, country music, and all things Jane Austen.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2008, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Glen Eyrie - General Palmer and family

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!

Anderson, John

Anderson, John
Current Location: 
El Paso County, Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Retired El Paso County sheriff - Historian and writer
Biography: 

John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. He enjoyed a 30-year law enforcement career, retiring at the rank of sergeant after 22 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department, followed by 8 years serving as the elected sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. After being term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public safety and was employed in homeland and corporate security for ten years in the private sector. He retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2012 to launch a consulting business allowing him the freedom to pursue his love of history, writing and the arts. Although John has traveled around the world, including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean, he remains most fascinated by the rich history and art discovered in his own backyard in the American Southwest.

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.

Coleman, Patricia

Coleman, Patricia
Pseudonym: 
P.R. Morris
Biography: 

Patricia Coleman, aka P. R. Morris, is a critically acclaimed author of historical, amateur sleuth, and alternative history short stories and novels. She has received two Reviewers' Choice awards and spoken at national writers conferences. One critic wrote "Ms. Coleman writes with elegance and pizzaz." (Romantic Times). Her latest historical romantic mystery, Tea and Treachery is now on sale. Pat lives in Colorado where she works with Special Needs teenagers and volunteers at the local zoo.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Madison, Mary

Birth City: 
Vivian
Birth State: 
WV
Current Location: 
Black Forest, CO
Occupation(s): 
Weaver
Biography: 

I first moved to Colorado in 1983. I have worked and volunteered in a number of organizations, including for the state of Colorado and the city of Westminster. I helped establish several arts groups and volunteer with guilds in Colorado Springs and Denver.

Education/Training: 
Master of Science, Organizational Development - Bachelor of Science, Business Management - Associate Degree, Veterinary Medicine
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Weaver's Guild - Rocky Mountain Weaver's Guild - Front Range Fiber Artisans - Studio Arts Quilt Association
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The Craft of Weaving - Fiber Arts - African-American Weavers
Local Authors Genres: 

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