Mystery

McKenna, John Dwaine

McKenna, John Dwaine
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

John Dwaine McKenna is the author of four novels, and two were awarded EVVYS for excellence in fiction by the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association, or CIPA. He writes a weekly newspaper column called the Mysterious Book Report for the Tri-Valley Townsman in Sullivan County, New York, where he was born and raised. Like John on Facebook to receive weekly book reviews and blogs. He and his wife June have lived in Southern Colorado for nearly five decades.

Awards/Honors: 
2014 - IPPY Award, Colorado Noir: Stories from the Dark Side
2013 - EVVY Award, The Whim-Wham Man
2012 - EVVY Award, The Neversink Chronicles: Stories
Speaker Availability: 
No

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

Goff, Chris

Goff, Chris
Pseudonym: 
Christine Goff
Biography: 

Chris Goff is the award-winning author of five environmental novels and a new international thriller series. The bestselling Birdwatcher's Mystery series was nominated for two WILLA Literary Awards, a Colorado Author's League Award, and published in the UK and Japan. The books were re-released by Astor+Blue Editions in December 2014, and her sixth in the series, A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, was released May 2016.

DARK WATERS, her first international thriller, was published September 2015 by Crooked Lane Books. An explosive new thriller set amid the Israel-Palestine conflict, Dark Waters is a series debut that mirrors global headlines and will have readers frantically turning pages.

Awards/Honors: 
2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist - Red Sky (Thriller category)
2016 Colorado Book Award Finalist - Dark Waters (Thriller category)
Organizations: 
Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Myers, Ann

Myers, Ann
Pseudonym: 
Ann Perramond
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

I live in Colorado Springs with my husband and extra-large housecat. We all love the Pikes Peak region and the greater Southwest and often spend time in Santa Fe, where my mystery series is set.

Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - Sisters in Crime - Rocky Mtn. Sisters in Crime
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mysteries - Writing - Cooking
Local Authors Genres: 

Hall, Elizabeth

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1958
Birth City: 
San Jose
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Kingston, WA
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

I spent most of my life in Colorado, beginning in 1962, and only moving away in 2014. My book, Miramont's Ghost, is set at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, and though fiction, it includes local history and places. I spent several months researching the book, in both Colorado and New Mexico, and included much of the material that I found.

Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Education, Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado
Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Stetler, Tena

Stetler, Tena
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1954
Birth City: 
Onawa
Birth State: 
IA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination. The second book in her Demon’s Witch series, A Warlock’s Secrets, comes out spring of 2017. Her recent novels are A Demon’s Witch, Charm Me, A Witch’s Journey, and sequel A Witch’s Holiday Wedding. She wrote her first vampire romance at the age of twelve, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends.

Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle. Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

Education/Training: 
Paralegal degree, Creative Writing and Broadcast Journalism, Pikes Peak Community College - Workshops presented by Romance Writers of America, Pikes Peak Writers, and Pikes Peak Library District
Organizations: 
Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Paralegal - Craft of Writing - Attractions of the Colorado Front Range - Travel in an RV

Entwistle, Bert

Entwistle, Bert
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1948
Birth City: 
Rochelle
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance writer, author and photographer
Biography: 

Bert moved from Illinois to Colorado Springs in 1974 with my wife Nancy and sons Jeremy and Chad. He now has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He started as a freelance photojournalist covering action sports and started writing as well as photographing nearly twenty years ago. He has worked as a photographer/writer for rodeo/bull riding, and track photographer for Pikes Peak International Raceway.

As a freelance writer and photographer, he has sold hundreds of articles to dozens of magazines and sold thousands of photographs. He has covered the rodeo, bull riding and performance horse world for many years and has written on subjects as diverse as the meat packing industry, water rights and family ranching.

Awards/Honors: 
2018 - Merit award, CIPA Book Awars for "Murder in the Dell"
2007 - Agricultural Writers Association "Feature of the Year"
Several awards for photgraphy and cowboy-style poetry
Organizations: 
Owner/Publisher of Black Mule Press
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Will speak on most subjects related to journalism, photojournalism, and fiction writing - Using the internet for research - Writing your first novel - Breaking into print - Small press publishing

Flint, Anne

Flint, Anne
Birth City: 
Madison
Birth State: 
WI
Occupation(s): 
writer & website builder
Biography: 

I write part time and also design websites and maintain them for independent business people like artists and authors.

My book, Fettigrew Hall - The Biography of a House, was self-published in 2010. This is a series on a 600 year old house in England. I'm writing the centuries, who lived in the house and what happened. Filled with mystery, artifacts and ghosts, these stories will keep you fascinated.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor or Arts Degree from University of Colorado, Boulder
Organizations: 
Long time member of the Author's Meetup group sponsored by the Publishing Pro.
Speaker Availability: 
No
Speaker Topics: 
Most topics relating to websites, self publishing, mysteries, writing, remodeling old houses.
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Janiec, Kenneth

Janiec, Kenneth
Birth City: 
Elmhurst, Queens
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs
Occupation(s): 
Principal Technical Support Engineer - Oracle
Biography: 

I work for Oracle Corporation as a principal technical support engineer. My wife, Judi, and I live in Colorado Springs, CO with our two basset hounds, Zoë and Dexter, and Zeke, an American black-and-tan coonhound. 
I am an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast and a former PSIA-certified ski/snowboard instructor at Monarch Mountain and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado. Dangerous Slopes is my first novel.

Personal Anecdotes: I learned to ski in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. For a number of years, I worked part-time as a ski patroller in Pennsylvania. Moving to Colorado 20 year ago, I became a snowboard and skiing instructor at two well-known resorts. I thought would it be interesting to write a story about Colorado ski resorts and the environmental issues facing all resorts in the west. I wanted to highlight what it takes to be a instructor and how much fun it is to teach this great sport. In addition, I have worked with computers for most of my career and wanted to weave that aspect into this story.

About the book: "A former ski and snowboard instructor, Kenneth Janiec again aims his attention at the slopes for his first novel. Janiec sets Dangerous Slopes in the fictional ski town of Elks Run, Colo. When the resort’s newly installed gondola comes crashing down at the apparent hands of a saboteur, Doyle and his basset hound, Stanley, find themselves in the middle of a whodunit. Janiec has the basics of fiction writing down: There’s a solid plot, a fairly plausible crisis and an ultimate resolution. As a technical support engineer with Oracle and the owner of two basset hounds, Janiec clearly writes about what he knows..." - BlueInk Review

Organizations: 
Kenneth Janiec is a former volunteer with El Paso County Search and Rescue and Citizen's Patrol.
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
My Book "Dangerous Slopes" - Skiing and snowboarding in Colorado
Local Authors Genres: 

Groundwater, Beth

Current Location: 
Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Mystery Author
Awards/Honors: 
Finalist in the Mainstream with Romantic Elements category of the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Contest, 2010
Finalist for Best First Novel Agatha Award, 2007
Winner of the Fall, 2006 Short story Contest sponsored by Mom Writer's Literary Magazine
Third Place, Mindfire Renewed Poetry Contest for "Ride the Wind" in 2005
Second Place, Paranormal Romantic Mystery/Suspense, RWA Kiss of Death chapter's Daphne du Maurier Contest in 2005
First Place, Storyteller Magazine Flash Fiction Contest for "Lucky Bear" in 2005
Winner, Great Manhattan Mysteries Conclave Short Story Anthology Contest for "Flamingo Fatality" in 2005
Education/Training: 
Master of Science Degree, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1983 - Bachelor of Science Degree, College of William and Mary, 1978
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

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