Romance

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 her newest work Please Don't Piss on the Petunias: Stories about Raising Kids, Crops, and Critters in the City, 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

Davis, Mary

Davis, Mary
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Mary returned to Colorado Springs in 1998, before that she lived here for 3 1/2 years from fall of 1988 to spring of 1992. She also lived in Aurora for 6 months in 1985. All this coming and going was due to her husband being in the Air Force.

Awards/Honors: 
2008 - 1st place in the 2008 ACFW Carol Awards for Historical Romance
1st place in the Heartsong Reader's Choice Awards for Cinda's Surprise
Education/Training: 
B.A. Degree in Elementary Education - Institute of Children's Literature - Multiple Writers Conferences
Organizations: 
American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Topics related to the craft of writing Christian fiction - Topics related to porcelain dolls and porcelain doll making
Local Authors Genres: 

Grey, Jessica

Grey, Jessica
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1979
Birth City: 
Abington
Birth State: 
PA
Current Location: 
Cascade, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Jessica Grey is an author, fairy tale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives with her two children near Colorado Springs, where she spends her time writing, complaining about snow in April, and drinking way too much caffeine.

Jessica writes witty, modern Jane Austen adaptations and Young Adult fairy tales featuring strong girls and magic.

You can find out more about Jessica's novels and short story collections at www.authorjessicagrey.com.

Education/Training: 
2005 - Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (minor in History), Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Young adult fiction - Fairy tale adaptation - Jane Austen - Austenesque fiction - Social media for writers - Indie publishing

Willhoff, Jude

Willhoff, Jude
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1950
Birth City: 
Waynesville
Birth State: 
MO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Realtor and Author
Biography: 

I've lived in the Colorado Springs area for over 40 years in a downtown Victorian home. We had fun updating and remodeling our home while keeping it to the original standards. We love the people and the community of Colorado Springs. Working in real estate, I've gotten to know the area and can't say there's anywhere else I'd like to live.

I work in real estate during the day and write in the evenings. I like to write stories that have a happy ever after so you'll find me on the shelves in under contemporary romance, paranormal romance, romantic comedy and romantic suspense. Also, I write some nonfiction as well. I am an award-winning, bestselling author on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.

Awards/Honors: 
Winner of the Colorado Independent Publisher's Award for Living Well With Chronic Pain.
Numerous awards for other books and a bestselling author on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
Education/Training: 
Associate Degree in Business Manangement and Marketing
Organizations: 
Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Writers - Pikes Peak Romance Writers - Colorado Romance Writers - Heart of Denver Romance Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Living with chronic pain - Writing romance

Fischer, T.R.

Fischer, T.R.
Pseudonym: 
T.R. Fischer
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1964
Birth City: 
Boulder
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Elbert, CO
Occupation(s): 
Buffalo Racher - Writer
Biography: 

TR grew up in and around Boulder, Colorado. After moving to California and sampling life in San Diego, San Francisco and L.A., she and her husband moved back to the wilds of the Denver area. That didn't satisfy, so the city dwellers took up raising buffalo, along with their four rowdy children. Each day is an adventure, on and off the page.

TR now resides near Black Forest. Before moving to Elbert County, we lived in Colorado Springs for two years.

Education/Training: 
I have always been a storyteller. Just ask my mother. As for writing them down, that has come by participating in classes and workshops, reading about writing fiction, but mostly from writing and getting critiqued by fellow writers. I have been in several critique groups. The one I am currently involved with formed through the Pikes Peak Writers nearly two years ago.
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - South Denver Critique Group
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The road to self publishing - Writing suspense/romantic suspense - How to learn what you don't know through research and networking with specialists
Local Authors Genres: 

Bergren, Lisa T.

Pseudonym: 
Lisa Tawn Bergren
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer and Editor
Biography: 

I came to Colorado Springs as an editor on the team that founded WaterBrook Press/Random House. After four years with the company, I decided to go freelance but we had fallen in love with Colorado--it's home now.

Speaker Availability: 
No

Purl, Mara

Purl, Mara
Birth City: 
New Haven
Birth State: 
CT
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author & Speaker
Biography: 

Best-selling author Mara Purl lives in Colorado Springs and in Los Angeles, and writes the Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, set on California's Central Coast. A former journalist who wrote for the Associated Press, Rolling Stone and the London Financial Times, she was also an actress best known for her role of Darla Cook in "Days of Our Lives." Her radio drama "Milford-Haven U.S.A." was a hit on BBC Radio with 4.5 million listeners throughout the U.K..

Mara served on the Community Board that raised funds to complete renovation of the Colorado Springs Carnegie Library, has been a guest professor at Colorado College and UCCS, and is a former president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

Awards/Honors: 
ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist Award (2)
USA Book News Best Book Award (4)
Indie Excellence Award (3)
EVVY Award (2)
Benjamin Franklin Award
L.A. County Woman of the Year Award
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and Music, Bennington College
Organizations: 
Authors Guild - Writers Guild of America West - Women Writing the West - Author U
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The Writing Process - Creativity - Fictional World Building - Living from the Heart - Integrity of Brand - Publishing Process - What Matters Most - Story Research
Local Authors Genres: 

Huxman, Karin

Huxman, Karin
Pseudonym: 
K.D. Huxman (for children)
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance writer, freelance editor, poet
Biography: 

K.D. Huxman’s first love, after reading, was space. She wanted to be the first veterinarian astronaut. In college she studied biology and was in Air Force ROTC. After college she became an Air Force officer. But rocketing to the stars was not to be. She married a fellow Air Force officer and settled into raising a family. But she never forgot her love of books or science. Many of her books have a science fiction or fantasy element. K.D. went on to earn an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Norwich University. Her first picture book is Dragon Talk. Her second picture book, Grizzelda Gorilla won an EPPIE for Best Children’s/YA Ebook. Both picture books are from Dragonfly Publishing. She writes nonfiction for children at Apprentice Shop Books. After travelling around the country with the Air Force, K.D. settled in Colorado. On a clear night she enjoys looking up at the stars, dreaming, and writing.

Awards/Honors: 
2019 - IBPA Benjamin Franklin award - Gold medal for "The Colorado Coal Field War"
Nominated for RWA Golden Heart Award; Various awards for the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest
Education/Training: 
M.F.A. Writing for Children, Vermont College/Norwich University - Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Romance Writers - Romance Writers of America - Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Electronically Published Internet Connection
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing romance novels, novellas, poetry, for magazines, for children, electronic publishing. I love to talk about writing and the business of writing. Please contact me with an idea and I will see what I can put together for you.

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