Mystery

DeHerrera, Holly

DeHerrera, Holly
Birth City: 
Mountainhome
Birth State: 
ID
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer - Author - Teacher
Biography: 

Holly is a military-brat-who-never-lived-anyplace-for-very-long turned local after marrying her born-and-raised-in-Colorado-Springs husband. Together they are raising, home schooling and trying to keep alive five kids.

Culture shock was Holly’s childhood, moving from Taiwan to Norway to England to Turkey to Germany and back to Turkey again, establishing in her a love for travel and for different people and for outdoor cafes and castles sitting in the middle of the sea.

Holly is a writer, her stories sprouting directly out of her life experiences, giving voice to a young Old Order Mennonite girl solving mysteries in the middle of Indiana farmland and a young woman returning to Turkey to find closure from her past. Holly currently writes life stories for Good Catch Publishing and has one novel out, The Orphan Maker's Sin, with several books coming out this year through Blackside Publishing.

Awards/Honors: 
2018 - Author of the Year, Good Catch Publishing
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts degree, English Education
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Creative writing topics (description, setting, turning points, characterization, voice), multi-genre, especially for tweens/teens - Creating stories from real life, drawing inspiration from your ordinary
Local Authors Genres: 

Hickey, Barry James

Birth City: 
Chicago
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Novelist
Biography: 

My family moved here from Chicago in 1976. I write novels about ordinary people experiencing life-changing events. I write in all genres of fiction, often influenced by my own extraordinary adventures and infinite imagination. I grew up on the Southside of Chicago in a large, struggling family, working full-time while attending four colleges. I studied Cultural Anthropology, English, Journalism and Theater, eventually earning a B.A. degree in Diversified Studies from the University of Colorado - UCCS in 1982.

I later enjoyed a modestly successful career in Hollywood as an actor, writer and producer in independent films interspersed with stints working for motion picture studio executives. My close friends call me "Hollywood". A cancer survivor, I also write screenplays and original music.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, English, Communications, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
How to develop a story, write it, and publish it.

Walton, Vikki

Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Designer - Nonprofit Consultant - Speaker/Trainer - #workquilter
Biography: 

I have lived in Colorado Springs for the last seventeen years. I was born in Chicago, later moved to France (father in the military), returned and moved to Kansas before spending most of my time in Texas (San Antonio area). I have held myriad positions in my life. I like to undertake more than one thing at a time, thus I refer to myself as a #workquilter combining various avenues of income. These include:
-Author of nonfiction and fiction.
-Certified permaculture designer and previously worked as a registered interior designer.
-Suburban Homesteader (have gardens, chickens, bees).
-Speaker/trainer on myriad topics.
-Global house- and pet-sitter.
-Nonprofit consultant, certified grants specialist (proposal writer, donor communications, fundraising strategy)

Awards/Honors: 
Honor of Community Trustee (Leadership Pikes Peak)
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science, Organizational Management in Christian Leadership, GCU (magna cum laude) - Associate's degree, Registered Interior Designer, St. Philips College in San Antonio, TX - Certified Grants Specialist - Certified Grants Reviewer
Organizations: 
Colorado Springs CDBG Board Member
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing - Creative writing - Self-publishing - Backyard farming (permaculture principles, food forest, perennial gardening, lasagna gardening) - Travel - House/pet sitting - Getting what you really want in life - Work quilting - Nonprofit topics (e.g. Fundraising 101) - Entrepreneurship - Design (Interior Design, Landscape design using permaculture zones)

Clark, Becky

Clark, Becky
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Parker, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, all born and raised in Colorado Springs, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books.

Readers say her books are “fast and thoroughly entertaining” with “witty humor and tight writing” and “humor laced with engaging characters” so you should “grab a cocktail and enjoy the ride.” They also say “Warning: You will laugh out loud. I’m not kidding,” and “If you like Janet Evanovich, you will like Becky Clark.”

Organizations: 
Member of Colorado Authors League - Sisters in Crime - Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
General writing and publishing - Mysteries - Cozy mysteries - How to write humor - "30 Minute Mystery" - "Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel"
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Wagner, David P.

Wagner, David P.
Current Location: 
Pueblo, Colorado
Biography: 

David is a retired foreign service officer who lived in Italy for nine years.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing crime fiction
Local Authors Genres: 

Thomas, Roger

Thomas, Roger
Birth City: 
Oak Park
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance Writer
Biography: 

Roger moved out to Colorado Springs from the Washington, DC, area, in 1994, and has been here ever since. The whole family grew up here and still live in the area. After a 30-year career in high tech, Roger decided to follow another passion- writing. After writing user manuals, training materials, and other writing assignments as a part of his regular IT duties, he launched his own career as a writer. As of 2018, he has five books published- two on bowling and three historical mysteries set in Laramie, Wyoming, in the 1880s. More mysteries are coming, and maybe a science fiction book or two.

Education/Training: 
BS in Political Science and History - MBA Project Management
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Any topic related to writing- the process, my experiences, freelance, indie, etc..
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O'Byrne, D.M.

O'Byrne, D.M.
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1956
Birth City: 
New York City
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

D.M. O’Byrne’s first job was as a waitress. Now she’s a writer of mystery novels. In between, jobs included English teacher, racehorse exerciser, jockey, accountant, golf resort assistant manager, writer, and editor. Her places of residence ranged from the Jersey Shore to a lengthy sojourn in California, and finally to the Colorado Rockies. Each profession, each location was rife with life lessons, fascinating characters, potential plot lines, and wide-ranging experiences. Sooner or later, they will all end up on the written page.

O’Byrne is the author of Dangerous Turf, available on amazon.com, and the sequel, Three to One Odds, was released May 2018. She is now writing a series called the Ryn Lowell Colorado Mysteries published by Black Opal Books. The first book in the series, Death in Trout Fork, was released in October 2018. The second book, The Mountaintop Murders, will be released in May 2019 and the third book, A Killing in Vail, will be released in the fall of 2019. Visit www.blackopalbooks.com for more information.

D.M. lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and their cat, Warnie. They spend much of their time riding bikes and enjoying the scenery. Warnie spends his time watching the bunnies out the window, lounging on the sofa, and trying to catch his tail.

Education/Training: 
B.A. in English
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mystery writing - Cozy mysteries - Plotting the novel - Developing characters
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Daniels, Avery

Daniels, Avery
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado Springs, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and the Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units.

She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a local cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

Education/Training: 
BSBA University of Phoenix
Organizations: 
Sisters in Crime - Women Fiction Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing murder mysteries
Local Authors Genres: 

Miller, Courtney

Miller, Courtney
Current Location: 
Westcliffe, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer - Author
Biography: 

Courtney Miller is the multi-award winning author of the seven-book series The Cherokee Chronicles which has received widespread acclaim in the Native American Community for authenticity and has received five international awards so far.

Courtney has written over 200 articles for the online magazine Native American Antiquity. He is considered an expert on ancient Native American cultures.

His newest book series, The White Feather Mysteries, is carrying on his award-winning tradition; the manuscript for book two, It’s About Time, was the winner of the 2016 Extravaganza Draft to Dream Book Competition.

Courtney shifted careers from business management to writing in 2012 and now resides in the Wet Mountain Valley in Southern Colorado with his wife, Lin.

Awards/Honors: 
The First Raven Mocker - Beverly Hills Book Award, International Book Award, NIEA Book Award
Harley (unpublished) - Finalist, 2017 Draft to Dream Book Competition
It's About Time - Winner, 2016 Draft to Dream Book Competition
The Raven Mocker's Legacy - Book Excellence Award
Gihli, A Chief Named Dog (coming soon) - Finalist, 2015 Draft to Dream Book Competition
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
For topics, refer to: http://courtneymillerauthor.wixsite.com/courtney-miller/speaker
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Nelson, Steven LeRoy

Nelson, Steven LeRoy
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1953
Birth City: 
McPherson
Birth State: 
KS
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Steven LeRoy Nelson is an award-winning humorist whose short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Leviathan, Fire And Ice, and other publications. He has published six novels in the Axel Hatchett series set in the Colorado Springs area.

Awards/Honors: 
Colorado College Award in Literature
Adelaide Bender Raville Fiction Award, Department of First Stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts degree, Colorado College, Colorado Springs
Organizations: 
Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mystery writing - The Old West - Weaponry of the Old West

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