Romance

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.

Major, Michelle

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Michelle Major grew up in Ohio but dreamed of living in the mountains. Soon after graduating with a degree in Journalism, she pointed her car west and settled in Colorado. Her life and house are filled with one great husband, two beautiful kids, a few furry pets and several well-behaved reptiles. She's grateful to have found her passion writing stories with happy endings.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, Ohio State
Organizations: 
Romance Writers of America - Colorado Romance Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The writing craft - Work-life balance
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Stockton, Tiffany Amber

Stockton, Tiffany Amber
Birth City: 
1976
Birth State: 
MD
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author, Speaker, Brand Partner with Nerium International
Biography: 

Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, and brand
partner with Nerium International, who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Originally from the East Coast, she now makes Colorado Springs her home. She has sold fourteen books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor Literary Agency. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Awards/Honors: 
2009 Reader's Choice Award for Promises, Promises
2008 Favorite Debut Author, voted by readers
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Messiah College
Organizations: 
Member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) - HRW (Historical Romance Writers) - RWA (Romance Writers of America)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
How to Keep Your (Writing) Focus When Life Gets Busy - Your Story and You: How Your Personality Helps and Hinders Your Writing - Character Personalities - Character Conversations: 10 Ways Dialogue Can Define Your Characters - From Premise to Published: 6 Steps That Will Get You There - Killing History or Bringing It to Life - The Training Wheels of Writing - Web Sites, Blogs, and Social Media ... Oh My! -
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Fox, Karen

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1956
Birth City: 
Jackson
Birth State: 
MI
Current Location: 
Fountain, CO
Occupation(s): 
Technical Support Specialist - Author
Biography: 

Who says dreams don't come true? Though it took her almost thirty years, Karen Fox managed to make her childhood dream of becoming an author a reality. After selling her first book in 1996, she has gone on to publish eight novels, one short story, and one novella.

Born and raised in Jackson, Michigan, Karen married a boy from the country, John Fox, who then joined the Air Force and took her on a trip around the world. While living in locations such as Tacoma, WA; Charleston, SC; Mons, Belgium; Biloxi, MS; and Colorado Springs, CO, Karen experienced many different cultures and countrysides providing a vast pool of knowledge for stories. Her second novel, Somewhere, My Love, was nominated for the prestigous RITA Award by the Romance Writers of America.

Following her husband's retirement from the Air Force, Karen settled in Colorado Springs, CO. Though currently working as a Technical Project Support Specialist for The MITRE Corporation, she hopes to one day be able to devote herself to a full-time career in writing.

Awards/Honors: 
1998 RITA Finalist - Paranormal Category for Somewhere, My Love
2001 Winner for the Award of Excellence in the Paranormal category, Prince of Charming
2001 Finalist for National Readers' Choice Award, Prince of Charming
Finalist for the Golden Quill Award, Prince of Charming
2002 PRISM Finalist, Light Paranormal category, Buttercup Baby
Winner of the Booksellers Best Award, Best Paranormal/TT/Futuristic, Buttercup Baby
Finalist for the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, Paranormal category, Buttercup Baby
Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence, Reviewers Choice Award Winner, Buttercup Baby
Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence, Honorable Mention Best Paranormal, Buttercup Baby
2001 P.E.A.R.L. Nominee Best Fantasy/Magical, Buttercup Baby
Finalist in Affaire de Coeur's Reader/Writer Poll for Best Supernatural Romance, Cupid's Melody
2nd Place Winner of the PRISM Award for Best Fantasy, Cupid's Melody
3rd Place Winner of the Bookseller's Best Award for Best Paranormal, Cupid's Melody
Finalist in Affaire de Coeur's Reader/Writer Poll for Best Supernatural Romance, Impractical Magic
Education/Training: 
A.A. in English from Fort Steilacoom Community College, Washington
Organizations: 
Member of Romance Writers of America since 1992 - Board member of Romance Writers of America for four years - Member of Pikes Peak Romance Writers/Pikes Peak Romance - Member of Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
No
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Kessler, Amy

Kessler, Amy
Pseudonym: 
A.L. Kessler
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1987
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Paranormal Romance Author - Stay at Home Mom
Biography: 

A.L. Kessler is a Paranormal Romance author living in beautiful Colorado Springs, her home town. Since she was a teenager she's loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she's not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, playing with her daughter, or playing video games with her husband of 4 years, she's either reading, participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing in her Blog Writing Rambles.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Indie publishing - Writing as a craft - Writing and balancing a family life - Paranormal romance
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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
.
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

Lence, Julie

Lence, Julie
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1964
Birth City: 
Schenectady
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Self-published author & homemaker
Biography: 

Julie grew up in an average size city in upstate New York. She met her husband in 12th grade and accompanied him on his twenty-year career with the U.S. Air Force. Stationed in Colorado Springs for four years, both loved the area so much they retired here. Colorado Springs has been home to them for more than ten years.

Julie has always had a love for horses, the wild west and cowboys. She began her writing career back in the 90's, inspired by authors Judith McNaught and Johanna Lindsey. With the help of a local romance writer's group, her first work, Luck of the Draw, was published in 2007. Currently, she has self-published two western historical romance series and two short Christmas stories. Her books can be found at Amazon.com. Julie enjoys taking care of her family and home, sports and meeting people who like to read and write.

She can be contacted at: julie@julielence.com

Awards/Honors: 
Pikes Peak Romance Writer's Volunteer of the Year, 2005
Organizations: 
The Romance Studio - Coffeetime Romance - Marketing for Romance Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
World building - Character building - Plotting & Outlining - Networking
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Odell, Terry

Odell, Terry
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1947
Birth City: 
Los Angeles
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Divide, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Terry Odell always wanted to "fix" stories she read so the characters did what she wanted. She discovered this wasn't always possible when the mystery she intended to write became a romance—a real surprise, since she'd never read a romance. Terry writes mystery and romantic suspense, but calls them "Mysteries With Relationships." Her works include the Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops series, the Pine Hills Police series, and the Mapleton Mystery series. Her short story collection, Seeing Red, is a Silver Falchion Award winner. She's currently working on a new series set against the backdrop of a Colorado cattle ranch.

Awards/Honors: 
HOLT Medallion, best romantic suspense (for Where Danger Hides)
Colorado Romance Award of Excellence finalist (for Rooted In Danger)
Daphne du Maurier Award, RWA
Aspen Gold Award
Volusia County RWA
Education/Training: 
Graduate of UCLA
Organizations: 
MWA - RWA - International Thriller Writers - Novelists, Inc. - Sisters in Crime
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing craft topics, including voice, point of view, dialogue, plotting - Indie Publishing - Creating Audiobooks via ACX
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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

Eliot, Anne

Eliot, Anne
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Anne was born and raised in Colorado, attended the Colorado College, and DU's Publishing Institute and now resides in Colorado Springs.

Awards/Honors: 
Paul Gillette Award, Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Almost was Amazon's #11 Reader's Choice Pick for 2012, top 100 bestselling book for 11 months
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, a top 100 bestselling Amazon Kindle teen book for 5 months, 2012, 2013
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts Degree, University of New Mexico - Bachelor of Arts Degree, Colorado College - Denver University Publishing Institute
Organizations: 
SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) - RWA - Digital Book World
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Anne loves teaching teen writers groups and adult writers groups on beginning craft; panels on indie publishing from marketing to "how to" and what roads/pitfalls to watch out for--what to do yourself (it's not that hard) and what is a reasonable charge in today's industry (because there are people making too much money and offering questionable work off of a writer's dreams--what to sign, what not sign, and how to protect your rights). Craft on hero's journey, beginnings, how to pitch and land an agent or editor the traditional way, character arcs, anything can be tailored to what the group needs. School groups, visits/library visits--all fees are donated back to the library or schools and/or will come speak for free.
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