Teen Fiction

Fristoe, Angela

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Young Adult Author and Elementary Educator
Biography: 

Angela moved to Colorado Springs from Texas in 2009 purely for the beautiful scenery.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Education Degree, University of Alberta
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing for young adults
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

Liparulo, Robert

Liparulo, Robert
Birth City: 
West Point
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Biography: 

Best-selling novelist Robert Liparulo is a former journalist, with over a thousand articles and multiple writing awards to his name. His first three critically acclaimed thrillers—Comes a Horseman, Germ, and Deadfall—were optioned by Hollywood producers, as well as his Dreamhouse Kings series for young adults. Bestselling author Ted Dekker calls The 13th Tribe “a phenomenal story.” Its sequel, The Judgment Stone, was released in May, 2013.

Liparulo is currently working on the third book in the Immortal Files series and on a screenplay of a political thriller with director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian). New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry calls Liparulo’s writing “Inventive, suspenseful, and highly entertaining . . . Robert Liparulo is a storyteller, pure and simple.”

Liparulo has lived in Colorado since 1976. Twitter "@robertliparulo", or http://www.facebook.com/LiparuloFans, or http://www.robertliparulo.com.

Organizations: 
International Thriller Writers (ITW) - American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Contact author for possible topics
Local Authors Genres: 

Regan, Dian Curtis

Regan, Dian Curtis
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Dian Curtis Regan is the author of 60 books for young readers, ranging from picture books for toddlers to novels for teens. Popular and recent titles include: Princess Nevermore, Monster of the Month Club, the Ghost Twins series, Barnyard Slam, The Snow Blew Inn, Monster Baby, and Rocky Cave Kids. Coming next year is a beginning reader series called SpaceBoy. Visit her website at http://diancurtisregan.com

Awards/Honors: 
"Mommies" - American Booksellers Assn. (ABA) "Pick of the List" & Children's Book of the Month Club selection
"Daddies" - Children's Book of the Month Club selection
"The Thirteen Hours of Halloween" - Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award
"A Sparkly Christmas Eve" - Children's Book of the Month Club selection
"CyberPals According to Kaley" - Junior Library Guild selection
"The World According to Kaley" - Finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award
"The Friendship of Milly & Tug" - Junior Guild selection; Children's Literature Choice Book; Los Angeles Times' Recommended book; New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"; Winner of the Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers' Associatio
"The Curse of the Trouble Dolls" - Oklahoma Book Award finalist; Maryland Children's Book Award nominee
"Monsters in CyberSpace" - South Dakota Children's Book Award nominee; Maryland Children's Book Award nominee; Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominee
"Princess Nevermore" - Junior Library Guild selection; Oklahoma Book Award finalist; Oklahoma YA Sequoyah Award nominee; Maryland Children's Book Award nominee
"The Initiation" - 1994 Oklahoma Cherubim Award; 1995 International Reading Association's YA Choice Award
"Game of Survival" - 1990 ALA/YASD Recommended book for reluctant readers; 1990 Oklahoma Cherubim Award
"I've Got Your Number" - 1987 International Reading Association's Children's Choice Award
"Soul Stories: Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief" - Junior Library Guild Selection
"Dirty Laundry" - 1999 Best Book for the Teen Age, NY Public Library; 1999 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
Speaker Availability: 
No

Paul, Donita K.

Paul, Donita K.
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired Elementary School Teacher and Full-time Author
Biography: 

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and eleven novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles, a series which has sold more than a quarter-million books to date. She also coauthored The Dragon and the Turtle picture book series with her daughter, Evangeline Denmark. The winner of multiple awards, she live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spends time mentoring and encouraging young writers. She is proud of her two grown children and she is entertained by her two young grandsons.

Awards/Honors: 
2nd Place, Romance Writers of America/Faith Hope & Love, 2000 Short Historical Fiction
Christy Honor Award
ACFW Book of the Year
RWA Reader's Choice
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, University of Houston - Graduate Work in Early Childhood Education - Certificate from the Child Evangelism Fellowship - Certificate from the La Leche League - Certificate from the Institute of Children's Literature
Organizations: 
Society of Children's Writers & Illustrators - American Christian Writers - American Christian Fiction Writers - Authors Guild
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Literacy - Writing - Reading Aloud

Denmark, Evangeline

Denmark, Evangeline
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1978
Birth City: 
Springdale
Birth State: 
AR
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

We moved to Colorado Springs the year I turned 13 and have lived here ever since. One summer I worked for the East Library through a teen job program. I now visit the Briargate branch with my children. PPLD has been part of my life for 22 years.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers - American Christian Fiction Writers - The Bronte Society
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Choosing picture books that work for your child and you

Bazer, Ashley

Bazer, Ashley
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1973
Birth City: 
Enid
Birth State: 
OK
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Christian Radio Producer
Biography: 

Ashley Hodges Bazer is the author of the epic sci-fi series, The Crown's Call, which explores the onset and aftermath of a religious holocaust in a space opera setting. She also dabbles in young adult fantasy, bringing chess pieces to life in Checkmate and mixing up fairy tales with fun twists in Once Upon a Heist.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. After earning her bachelor’s degree in theatrical stage management from Arizona State University, she went on to work for Disneyland in that capacity. Currently a content producer for an international daily radio program, she’s become a pro at balancing work, writing, and mom duties. And she's a real duchess!

Learn more about Ashley and her upcoming books at www.AshleyBazer.com.

Awards/Honors: 
Asylum -- Certificate of Merit, 2012 Deep River Books Writing Contest
Asylum -- Grand Prize Winner, 2012 WestBow Press Writer's Contest
Checkmate -- Top 30 Finalist, 2012 Women of Faith Writing Contest
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in Theater (stage management)
Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
No

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.
Local Authors Genres: 

Karchut, Darby

Karchut, Darby
Birth State: 
NM
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of Pikes Peak, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words.

Her books include the best selling middle grade series, The Adventures of Finn MacCullen. Her YA debut novel, Griffin Rising, has been optioned for film. Her latest book for middle grade, Del Toro Moon, was released October 2018 from Owl Hollow Press.

Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com

Awards/Honors: 
Stag Lord - USA Book News 2016 Best Book Award Finalist
Stone's Heart - 2016 Chatelaine Award Finalist
Finn Finnegan – 2014 IPPY Silver Medal for Juvenile Fiction
Gideon's Spear - 2014 International Reader's Favorite Bronze Medal
Griffin Rising -- 2012 Gold Medal Children's Literary Classics; 2011 Sharp Writ Book of the Year
Griffin's Fire - 2012 Finalist, Sharp Writ Book Award; 2012 Readers' Favorite Bronze Award, Young Adult
Money and Teens -- 2013 EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) Book of the Year
Education/Training: 
MA in Education - The Colorado College ; BA in Anthropology - The University of New Mexico
Organizations: 
PAL member of the SCBWI ; Member of the Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Craft of Writing - Genre Fiction - Middle Grade and YA Fiction

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