Mystery

Dilts, Catherine

Dilts, Catherine
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1957
Birth City: 
Sioux Falls
Birth State: 
SD
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Environmental Scientist
Biography: 

Catherine Dilts is the author of the amateur sleuth Rock Shop Mystery series, set in a small Colorado mountain town suspiciously similar to Manitou Springs. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine's stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains, fishing, and running.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Organizations: 
Mystery Writers of America, Rocky Mountain Chapter - Sisters in Crime - Pikes Peak Writers - Western Museum of Mining and Industry
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I would be willing to participate in local author panels, talking about fiction writing
Local Authors Genres: 

DiSilverio, Laura

DiSilverio, Laura
Pseudonym: 
Ella Barrick
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Novelist
Biography: 

The author of twelve mystery novels and counting, Laura DiSilverio is a former Air Force intelligence officer. She writes the Mall Cop series (Berkley Prime Crime), the Swift Investigations humorous PI series (Minotaur), and the upcoming Readaholics book club mystery series (NAL)—first two books coming in 2015.

She conducts workshops for writers’ conferences and MWA’s Mystery University, and serves as President of Sisters in Crime.

She plots murders and parents teens in Colorado, trying to keep the two tasks separate.

Awards/Honors: 
Two-time finalist for the Lefty Award for Humorous Mystery of the Year
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in English Literature, University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Arts in English/Rhetoric, Trinity University - Assistant Professor (English) at the United States Air Force Academy
Organizations: 
President, Sisters in Crime - Member, Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing - Publishing - Promoting - Motivational - Reinventing oneself after forty - Other topics as requested
Local Authors Genres: 

Marts, Jennie

Marts, Jennie
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances
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Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.

Education/Training: 
Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Chapter of Romance Writers of America - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Topics include book clubs, writing, the craft of writing, and the occupation of writing. Jennie loves guest speaking at book clubs that have read her book

Brandt, Kathy

Brandt, Kathy
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1947
Birth City: 
Elgin
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Woodland Park, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Former writing teacher at the University of Colorado - Free-lance writer
Biography: 

Kathy Brandt is the co-author with son, Max Maddox, of Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness, has published four mysteries in the Hannah Sampson Underwater Investigation Series (NAL/Penguin), and taught writing at the University of Colorado for ten years. She is a vocal advocate for those with mental illness and writes and speaks about mental health. She is past President the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs and in 2012 she received the NAMI National Award for her leadership and service on behalf of those living with mental illness. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Rhetoric.

She lived in Colorado Springs for twenty-five years before moving to Woodland Park.

Awards/Honors: 
2013 Golden Quill Award for literary excellence and service to the community from the Pikes Peak Library District
2012 Outstanding National Alliance on Mental Illness Member of the Year Award for courage, leadership, and service on behalf of those living with mental illness
2009 Finalist for Iowa Review Award in Non-Fiction for "Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness"
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts, University of Colorado, 1983 - Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado, 1981
Organizations: 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Pikes Peak Writers - Colorado Independent Publishers Association
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mental illness - Mental health issues and advocacy - Bipolar Disorder - Memoir writing - Getting published - Writing

Summitt, Rod

Summitt, Rod
Birth City: 
Muscatine
Birth State: 
IA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired
Biography: 

I taught junior high school, managed McConnell's Hardware and Mesa TV Hardware. I was the Merchandise Manager and Assistant Store Manager of the Crissey Fowler Home Center. After retiring, I started writing fiction.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, Colorado State College, Greely CO - Some post graduate work at The Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO - Some post graduate work at The Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge PA
Speaker Availability: 
No
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Burns, Andrew

Burns, Andrew
Pseudonym: 
A.M. Burns
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1965
Birth City: 
Niagra Falls
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Florissant, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks.

He is past president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group and currently serves as treasurer.

Organizations: 
Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing and Falconry

Bell, Donnell

Bell, Donnell
Pseudonym: 
Donnell Ann Bell
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1957
Occupation(s): 
Writer (former newspaper editor and writer)
Biography: 

Donnell Ann Bell is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, Deadly Recall and The Past Came Hunting, both of which were nominated for the prestigious Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America®. Deadly Recall is also a 2014 EPICON nominee for best thriller/suspense.

Her newest book, Black Pearl: A Cold Case Suspense, was released in 2019 and was a finalist in the 2020 Colorado Book Award, Thriller category.

Her website is www.donnellannbell.com

Awards/Honors: 
2020 Finalist for Black Pearl - Colorado Book Award, Thriller category
2014 EPICON Nominee for Deadly Recall, Best Thriller Suspense
2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense - The Past Came Hunting - Best Single Title
2012 Booksellers Best - Best first book and Best single title - The Past Came Hunting
2010 RWA's Golden Heart for Unpublished Authors - Deadly Recall
2007 RWA's Golden Heart for Unpublished Authors - Walk Away Joe (published as The Past Came Hunting)
Education/Training: 
New Mexico State University - Denver Academy of Court Reporting - El Paso County Sheriff Citizen's Academy - Colorado Springs Police Citizen's Academy - Writer's Police Academy, Jamestown NC
Organizations: 
Toastmasters - Sisters in Crime - Mystery Writers of America - International Thriller Writers - Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death Chapter) - Board Member at Large, Pikes Peak Writers - Board Member, Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

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