Mystery

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
Local Authors Genres: 

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
Birth City: 
Lubbock
Birth State: 
TX
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
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 fourth book from Bell Bridge Books was released in 2014.

She has made her home in Colorado Springs for the past 28 years, and writes around this theme: Suspense too close to home. Her website is www.donnellannbell.com

Awards/Honors: 
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: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The Citizen's Academy: Every citizens responsibility/honor - Just be professional, it's not that hard - What's more important: Plot or Character? - There's more to research than Google - Are you a wordsmith or are you a storyteller?
Local Authors Genres: 

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