Thrillers/Suspense

Hayden, Laura

Pseudonym: 
Elle Vaughn
Birth City: 
Birmingham
Birth State: 
AL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author and bookseller
Biography: 

Brought to the Springs twice thanks to the Air Force, Laura and her family returned for a third time for keeps. Originally from Alabama, she's the author of fourteen novels, and eight short stories/novellas. She also writes as "Elle Vaughn" in collaboration with Yvonne Jocks/Evelyn Vaughn.

Awards/Honors: 
Golden Heart winner
Education/Training: 
BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama
Organizations: 
Past Present and Founder of Pike Peak Writers, eight-time director of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, member Romance Writers of America, member Mystery Writers of America, member Novelists Inc.
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Creativity: Thinking Outside of the Box - The Subliminal Writer: Using music to influence your writing - Reverse Engineering your Mystery Novel.

Artzberger, Jodi

Artzberger, Jodi
Birth City: 
Camp Hill
Birth State: 
PA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Jodi writes inspirational romantic suspense stories that are Gospel centered and intertwined with God's love and plan of redemption. Her passion for the Word has led her to teach women how to study their Bibles for themselves. She loves living in beautiful Colorado with her wonderful husband, two awesome boys, and rescue dogs. In her spare time, you can find her playing with her latest kitchen gadget and exploring where God has graciously place her in Colorado.

Organizations: 
American Christian Fiction Writers - American Christian Fiction Writers Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
No

Miner, Kathy

Miner, Kathy
Birth City: 
Flint
Birth State: 
MI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Caregiver - Writer
Biography: 

Kathy Miner lives in Colorado Springs with her family and her critters. When she isn’t writing or “momming,” she enjoys reading everything from current scientific research to Harry Potter. She also loves hiking in all kinds of weather, especially when she can bully one of her sweet pups into coming along, and she will try her hand at any kind of hand-craft there is.

You can learn more about her and her novels on Facebook at Kathy Miner Books, visit her website at www.authorkathyminer.com, or email her at kathyminerwriter@gmail.com.

Awards/Honors: 
My first book, What Survives of Us, won the National Indie Excellence Award and is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Education/Training: 
I have a B.A. in English with an emphasis in both practical and creative writing.
Organizations: 
Independent Book Publishers Association and Colorado Independent Publishers Association
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Before I became a caregiver for my adult disabled son, I was a high school English teacher, so I'm able and willing to present on all levels of writing craft, from the basics of story development and the importance of mechanics and grammar, up to more advanced topics like realistic dialogue development and building believable characters. I can also present on the ins and outs of indie publishing, as it pertains to my journey. I would love to do this - I miss the classroom VERY much! :)

Hickey, Barry James

Birth City: 
Chicago
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Novelist
Biography: 

My family moved here from Chicago in 1976. I write novels about ordinary people experiencing life-changing events. I write in all genres of fiction, often influenced by my own extraordinary adventures and infinite imagination. I grew up on the Southside of Chicago in a large, struggling family, working full-time while attending four colleges. I studied Cultural Anthropology, English, Journalism and Theater, eventually earning a B.A. degree in Diversified Studies from the University of Colorado - UCCS in 1982.

I later enjoyed a modestly successful career in Hollywood as an actor, writer and producer in independent films interspersed with stints working for motion picture studio executives. My close friends call me "Hollywood". A cancer survivor, I also write screenplays and original music.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, English, Communications, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
How to develop a story, write it, and publish it.

Boroch, Peter

Boroch, Peter
Birth City: 
Ft. Stewart
Birth State: 
GA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Primary Technical/Editor Writing
Biography: 

Peter E. Boroch is a former Marine, husband and proud father. Peter attended high school at Mesa Ridge and returned to the Pikes Peak region after his time in the Marine Corps. His book The Man in the Leather Jacket: Predator Games (2017, Createspace) is based out of a fictional city in Colorado referenced from locations in Colorado Springs.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in English, emphasis on Creative Writing, American Military University, 2016
Organizations: 
Phi Theta Kappa - Sigma Delta Kappa - Golden Key International Honor Society
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Author is available to speak on a wide variety of subjects.
Local Authors Genres: 

Nelson, Steven LeRoy

Nelson, Steven LeRoy
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1953
Birth City: 
McPherson
Birth State: 
KS
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Steven LeRoy Nelson is an award-winning humorist whose short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Leviathan, Fire And Ice, and other publications. He has published six novels in the Axel Hatchett series set in the Colorado Springs area.

Awards/Honors: 
Colorado College Award in Literature
Adelaide Bender Raville Fiction Award, Department of First Stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts degree, Colorado College, Colorado Springs
Organizations: 
Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mystery writing - The Old West - Weaponry of the Old West

Lawrence, Shannon

Lawrence, Shannon
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in anthologies and magazines, including Once Upon a Scream, Dark Moon Digest, and The Literary Hatchet. When she's not writing, she's hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
No

Nickless, Barbara

Nickless, Barbara
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Barbara Nickless lives in Colorado where she loves to snowshoe, cave, hike and drink single malt scotch—usually not at the same time. Her first novel, Blood on the Tracks, is the start of a new crime series. Hank Phillippi Ryan calls the book ‘Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense,’ while Jeffery Deaver promises ‘… you'll fall in love with one of the best characters to come along in modern thriller fiction.’

Blood on the Tracks won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence and is a Suspense Magazine Best of 2016 selection. It was also a 2017 Colorado Book Award winner.

Her second book, Dead Stop, was released in 2017 and was a 2018 Colorado Book Award winner. She is thrilled to announce that she's signed a deal with Thomas & Mercer for more two more Sydney Parnell novels. Ambush was released in 2019, with a fourth book to follow in 2020. She is very happy to keep playing in Sydney and Clyde’s world!

Barbara has written for Writer’s Digest, Criminal Element, and Penguin Random House among other markets.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Local Authors Genres: 

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

Bryan, John

Bryan, John
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1956
Birth City: 
Chickasha
Birth State: 
OK
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Entertainer and author
Biography: 

John Bryan is a writer, composer, musician, actor and illusionist. He has lived in Colorado Springs, CO since 1984 with his wife Michèle and is the proud father of two sons, Erik and Alex.

He is the author of the novel Dark Brother and will soon be releasing short story collection entitled Side Streets and Dark Alley and another full length novel entitled Seeking Jack.

Organizations: 
International Brotherhood of Magicians
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Making fiction real - Where ideas come from

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