Thrillers/Suspense

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

McKenna, John Dwaine

McKenna, John Dwaine
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

John Dwaine McKenna is the author of four novels, and two were awarded EVVYS for excellence in fiction by the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association, or CIPA. He writes a weekly newspaper column called the Mysterious Book Report for the Tri-Valley Townsman in Sullivan County, New York, where he was born and raised. Like John on Facebook to receive weekly book reviews and blogs. He and his wife June have lived in Southern Colorado for nearly five decades.

Awards/Honors: 
2014 - IPPY Award, Colorado Noir: Stories from the Dark Side
2013 - EVVY Award, The Whim-Wham Man
2012 - EVVY Award, The Neversink Chronicles: Stories
Speaker Availability: 
No

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

Goff, Chris

Goff, Chris
Pseudonym: 
Christine Goff
Biography: 

Chris Goff is the award-winning author of five environmental novels and a new international thriller series. The bestselling Birdwatcher's Mystery series was nominated for two WILLA Literary Awards, a Colorado Author's League Award, and published in the UK and Japan. The books were re-released by Astor+Blue Editions in December 2014, and her sixth in the series, A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, was released May 2016.

DARK WATERS, her first international thriller, was published September 2015 by Crooked Lane Books. An explosive new thriller set amid the Israel-Palestine conflict, Dark Waters is a series debut that mirrors global headlines and will have readers frantically turning pages.

Awards/Honors: 
2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist - Red Sky (Thriller category)
2016 Colorado Book Award Finalist - Dark Waters (Thriller category)
Organizations: 
Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes

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