Romance

Decker, Cassie

Decker, Cassie
Birth City: 
Hampton
Birth State: 
VA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Cassie Decker started writing love stories after she read her first romance novel in high school and instantly fell in love with falling in love. She believes everyone deserves a happily ever after, whether the men in her stories rope cattle in the rodeo, live in a tropical paradise, or are just trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Although Cassie wasn't born in Colorado, she grew up here - Pueblo West specifically - and never wants to leave the most beautiful state in the U.S.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, Biology - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Kingston, A.R.

Kingston, A.R.
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

A.R Kingston was born in Moscow, Russia. She immigrated to the United States in her childhood settling in a quaint town in Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has spent time working with the mentally ill before turning to writing.

Kingston is both an avid gamer and seasoned traveler. Her passion is combining the legends and lore from around the world with the fantasy of games, creating a magical world similar to our own. She prefers to write stories which blend the genres of Fantasy, Horror, and Romance into a neat little package.

She currently resides in the Colorado Springs area of Colorado with her family, including two pot belly pigs.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please contact author via author website for a list of speaker topics.

Wernly, Kathy and Bob

Wernly, Kathy and Bob
Pseudonym: 
Kathy Clark and Bob Kat (YA)
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1951
Birth City: 
Houston
Birth State: 
TX
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Bob and Kathy Wernly write as a team under the penname of Kathy Clark for our adult romantic suspense novels and Bob Kat for our YA romance/mystery/time travel series (Timeshifters). We lived in Colorado since 1985 and in Colorado Springs for a year and a half. Several of our series are set in Colorado, including Denver Heroes, and an upcoming series set in Cripple Creek called Breathless. One of our YA novels (Forever Love) is a time travel ghost story set at the Stanley Hotel the year it opened in 1911. We have given workshops and speeches about writing and creativity all over the U.S.

Kathy is a past vice-president of Romance Writers of America and a co-founder of Colorado Romance Writers.

Education/Training: 
BA degree in Mass Communications and Fine Arts, York College (Kathy) - BS and MBA in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration (Bob)
Organizations: 
Romance Writers of America - Colorado Romance Writers - Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Characterization - Plotting - Writing a series - Writing with a partner - Writing young adult novels - Writing new adult novels - How to self publish your book - Many other writing-related topics

McCutcheon, Pam

Pseudonym: 
Parker Blue
Birth City: 
Fort Ord
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Industrial engineer - Writer - Editor - Speaker
Biography: 

Pam McCutcheon is the author of romantic comedy, paranormal romance, fantasy short stories, and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. After many years of working for the military as enlisted, officer, and civil service
successively, she left her industrial engineering and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, speaker, and as the “Parker” half of Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing business.

She lives in Colorado Springs with her rescue dogs and can be found on the ’net at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.

Awards/Honors: 
Pikes Peak Romance Writers Author of the Year
Quicksilver - Pikes Peak Romance Writers winner of the PRISM Award for the best futuristic romance of 1996
Chasing Baby - Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Harlequin American of 1996
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Organizations: 
Novelists, Inc. - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing the Fiction Synopsis - Brainstorming - Self-editing - Scene and Sequel - Using the Plotting Board - Decoding Dialogue - Beginning Writers Workshop - Characterization - How to Pitch Your Book - Ghostwriting

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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Ikenberry, Kevin

Ikenberry, Kevin
Biography: 

Kevin Ikenberry still wants to be an astronaut. As an adult, he’s managed the U.S. Space Camp program and operated two Challenger Learning Centers, and is a retired Army space operations officer. His science fiction Sleeper Protocol, which Publisher’s Weekly called “an emotionally powerful debut,” was released in January 2016 and is the first of a series. Kevin writes mainly science fiction with a strong military bent, but he also writes horror and romance. He makes his home in Colorado with his family.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Strasser, Bethanne

Strasser, Bethanne
Pseudonym: 
Beth Rhodes
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1976
Birth City: 
West Islip
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Beth Rhodes is a wife, mother of six, and writer of romance. She's the queen who runs her military household with punctuality, laughter, and the occasional swear word. When she's not downing coffee, writing, and editing, you can find her reading and enjoying the Colorado sunshine.

Awards/Honors: 
2015 - Award of Excellence finalist for Unwanted Vows
Organizations: 
Romance Writers of America - Colorado Romance Writers - From the Heart Romance Writers - Georgia Romance Writers - Pikes Peak Writers - Passionate Critters
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
"Critique Group Etiquette: Keep the Crit Kind" - Making words happen when you have six kids - Social media success story - Finding the path that works for you
Local Authors Genres: 

Knauf, Sandra

Knauf, Sandra
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1963
Birth City: 
Oakland
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Phone (Public): 
(719) 473-9237
Occupation(s): 
Writer and Publisher, Greenwoman Publishing, LLC
Biography: 

Sandra Knauf is the one-woman-show behind Greenwoman Publishing. Her books include the six-volume series Greenwoman (compilations of literary garden writing and art), her young adult fantasy novel, Zera and the Green Man, and an anthology of sexy gardening stories that she says is the feminist gardener answer to Fifty Shades of Grey--Fifty Shades of Green.

She was a 2008-09 featured “Colorado Voices” columnist for The Denver Post and her humorous essays have appeared nationally in GreenPrints and MaryJanesFarm. She has also been a guest commentator on KRCC’s (NPR's southern Colorado affiliate) Western Skies radio show.

Sandra lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her family, dogs, huge urban garden, and lots of books.

Awards/Honors: 
2015 - Microgrant Award from Pikes Peak Arts Council
2013 - Microgrant Award from Pikes Peak Arts Council
2011 - Grant award from Pikes Peak Community Foundation for work on Greenwoman magazine
2008-2009 - Selected as a Denver Post "Colorado Voices" featured columnist
2005 - Edited book A Taste for Gardening (2004), recipient of the Top National Award from the National Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.
2002 - First Place, Creative Nonfiction, Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest
Education/Training: 
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Bachelor of Arts, English, 1991
Organizations: 
Grimy Hands Girls' Club - Toastmasters - League of Women Voters - Peak Peak Art Council - Green Cities Coalition
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Self-Publishing

Skaggs, Cindy

Skaggs, Cindy
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a lifelong love of storytelling and heroes. Her search for story took her around the world with the Air Force before returning to Colorado.

Now she’s turning her lifelong love of storytelling into a career she loves. She has an MA in Creative Writing, three jobs, two kids, and more pets than she can possibly handle. She also plays the flute, makes crazy-good sculptures out of tortilla dough, and can wrangle the neurotic dog without getting mauled. Find her as Cindy Skaggs, Writer on Facebook, @CLSkaggs on Twitter, or www.CSkaggs.com to sign up for her newsletter.

Awards/Honors: 
Pushcart Nomination, "Matchbook Memory", Progenitor (2015)
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Regis University, 2015 - MFA (candidate), Pacific Lutheran University, 2017
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Fear and the Writer - Romantic Suspense - Romance - Creative Nonfiction - Memoir
Local Authors Genres: 

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

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