Mystery

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
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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Harley (unpublished) - Finalist, 2017 Draft to Dream Book Competition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
Local Authors Genres: 

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

Atherton, Nancy

Atherton, Nancy
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Nancy Atherton is the author of Aunt Dimity mysteries. With 21 titles, including many bestsellers, her cozy mystery series follows paranormal sleuth Aunt Dimity. Aunt Dimity's Death was voted "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Booksellers Association. Nancy's next book, Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse, will be published in May 2017. Nancy lives, works, and plays in Colorado Springs. Nancy Atherton has been a longtime attendee of Mountain of Authors and was a panelist at the 2010 and 2016 events.

To learn more about Nancy and Aunt Dimity, visit the website at www.aunt-dimity.com.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Local Authors Genres: 

Kuhn, Cynthia

Kuhn, Cynthia
Current Location: 
Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Writer and professor (literature, writing, film)
Biography: 

Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD and other publications. She teaches English at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Awards/Honors: 
Recipient, Agatha Award for Best First Novel (for The Semester of Our Discontent)
Recipient, William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant (for The Semester of Our Discontent)
Best Book Award, Margaret Atwood Society (for Self-Fashioning in Margaret Atwood's Fiction)
Education/Training: 
PhD, Literary Studies; MA, Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing; BA, English
Organizations: 
Sisters in Crime (National, Guppies, and Colorado chapters) - Mystery Writers of America (National and Rocky Mountain chapters) - International Thriller Writers - Colorado Authors’ League - Women Write the Rockies - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Literature or creative writing, especially mystery writing
Local Authors Genres: 

Alleman, Arleen

Alleman, Arleen
Birth City: 
Bolton
Birth State: 
UK
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired - Author
Biography: 

Arleen is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a science education and loves nature and reality. She is a life-long avid reader and began writing fiction in 2009. She has completed the six-book Darcy Farthing adventure series, which are contemporary mysteries with travel and thought-provoking topical subjects.

Awards/Honors: 
First three books of Darcy Farthing series - Best Trilogy of 2012 by booksandauthors.net
Education/Training: 
Degree in Biology - Dozens of professional training courses in conjunction with GAO position - Many additional college level courses in varied subjects from robotics to religion
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Health - Exercise - Positive thinking - Public speaking - Path to becoming an author later in life

Nickless, Barbara

Nickless, Barbara
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Barbara Nickless lives in Colorado where she loves to snowshoe, cave, hike and drink single malt scotch—usually not at the same time. Her first novel, Blood on the Tracks, is the start of a new crime series. Hank Phillippi Ryan calls the book ‘Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense,’ while Jeffery Deaver promises ‘… you'll fall in love with one of the best characters to come along in modern thriller fiction.’

Blood on the Tracks won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence and is a Suspense Magazine Best of 2016 selection. It was also a 2017 Colorado Book Award winner.

Her second book, Dead Stop, was released in 2017 and was a 2018 Colorado Book Award winner. She is thrilled to announce that she's signed a deal with Thomas & Mercer for more two more Sydney Parnell novels. Ambush was released in 2019, with a fourth book to follow in 2020. She is very happy to keep playing in Sydney and Clyde’s world!

Barbara has written for Writer’s Digest, Criminal Element, and Penguin Random House among other markets.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Local Authors Genres: 

van de Berkt, Leah

van de Berkt, Leah
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1987
Birth City: 
Cheyenne
Birth State: 
WY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Wife - Mother - Technical Support
Biography: 

Leah has been writing since she was six years old. Her very first story was written for her mother and Leah illustrated it herself using stencils and crayons.

Leah was homeschooled from Kindergarten through 12th grade, and started community college when she turned 16. From there she went on to College of the Ozarks in Missouri and graduated in 2009 with a BA in English.

Leah's and debut children's story released under her children's author pen name Julia Joss on November 27, 2012 entitled Blue Hooves and a Broken Wing. Three years later she released her first novel, Unraveling Glenmore, in April 2015.

In addition to writing, Leah enjoys playing the piano and the Irish Tin Whistle. She loves reading, drinking coffee, having long talks with friends and fellow book lovers, as well as being outside.

Currently Leah lives with her husband and daughter along the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in English, College of the Ozarks
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

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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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.

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