Thrillers/Suspense

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

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
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Entwistle, Bert

Entwistle, Bert
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1948
Birth City: 
Rochelle
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance writer, author and photographer
Biography: 

Bert moved from Illinois to Colorado Springs in 1974 with my wife Nancy and sons Jeremy and Chad. He now has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He started as a freelance photojournalist covering action sports and started writing as well as photographing nearly twenty years ago. He has worked as a photographer/writer for rodeo/bull riding, and track photographer for Pikes Peak International Raceway.

As a freelance writer and photographer, he has sold hundreds of articles to dozens of magazines and sold thousands of photographs. He has covered the rodeo, bull riding and performance horse world for many years and has written on subjects as diverse as the meat packing industry, water rights and family ranching.

Awards/Honors: 
2018 - Merit award, CIPA Book Awars for "Murder in the Dell"
2007 - Agricultural Writers Association "Feature of the Year"
Several awards for photgraphy and cowboy-style poetry
Organizations: 
Owner/Publisher of Black Mule Press
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Will speak on most subjects related to journalism, photojournalism, and fiction writing - Using the internet for research - Writing your first novel - Breaking into print - Small press publishing

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
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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: 

Bigelow, Brian

Bigelow, Brian
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1965
Birth City: 
Dubuque
Birth State: 
IA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retail clerk
Biography: 

Author Brian Bigelow is originally from Minnesota and currently lives in Colorado with his wife Brandy. He is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, and fantasy and has, for over 30 years, also written poetry which has been published worldwide. His most recent release is the classic fantasy novel, Beyond Realms.

Speaker Availability: 
No
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Redwood, Jordyn

Redwood, Jordyn
Pseudonym: 
Jordyn Redwood
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1971
Birth City: 
Torrington
Birth State: 
WY
Current Location: 
Parker, CO
Occupation(s): 
Pediatric ER nurse
Biography: 

Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two novels, Proof and Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and are set in Denver and the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Proof was shortlisted for the 2012 ForeWord Review’s BOTY Award, 2013 INSPY Award and the 2013 Carol Award.

You can connect with Jordyn via her website at www.jordynredwood.com. Jordyn still calls Colorado home.

Education/Training: 
Registered nurse specializing in pediatric emergency medicine - Instructor for advanced life support classes
Organizations: 
Emergency Nurses Association - American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Medical accuracy in fiction - What is "Inspirational" fiction - The four elements of fiction writing
Local Authors Genres: 

Scott, William

Scott, William
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1946
Birth City: 
Flagler
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - retired Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine
Biography: 

William B. Scott is the author of four books—three novels and a work of nonfiction about the B-2 stealth bomber. A flight test engineer graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, he retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, following a 22-year career with the international magazine. He pioneered the “Fiction as a Legal Weapon” class of techno-thrillers, a premise established in The Permit, a novel based on his eldest son's murder. His newest co-authored nonfiction book, License to Kill: The Murder of Erik Scott, is set to release in 2017. Learn more about William and his work on his website, www.williambscott.com.

Awards/Honors: 
Royal Aeronautical Society: Aerospace Journalist of the Year - Best Airshow Submission (Paris 2007)
Royal Aeronautical Society: Aerospace Journalist of the Year - Best Airshow Submission (co-winner)(London, 2006)
14 awards from McGraw-Hill, National Business Journalism (co-winner Jesse H. Neal Award), the former Aviation/Space Writers Association, and Aviation Week Group
Education/Training: 
Graduate, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, 1975 - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, California State University at Sacramento, 1972 - AAS Electronics Technology, Southern Colorado State College (now CSU-Pueblo), 1967 - Commercial pilot with instrument, single/multi engine ratings
Organizations: 
International Thriller Writers - Air Force Association - Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
"Fiction as a Legal Weapon: Shaping the Perception Battlefield" (The power of fiction/entertainment to educate citizens and expose corruption - "Outlaw Cops: America's Most Dangerous Domestic Terrorists?" - Pyroterrorism ("Fire Wars"): the threats of terrorist ignited wildfires throughout the West - Military space operations and vulnerabilities - Military Aviation - "RPM - Flying Tales" - Flight Testing

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