Thrillers/Suspense

Wright, Shelly

Wright, Shelly
Pseudonym: 
Shelly Goodman Wright
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1971
Birth City: 
Downey
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Teacher - Homeschooling mom
Biography: 

As a young, vicious reader, Shelly Goodman Wright spent most of her time, either in the restricted reading section of the library, or scribbling away in journals. Shelly’s first novel A Light into the Darkness earned a Puddly Award in 2013 and in 2015 was nominated for Family Fiction's top ten books. In 2016, she completed and published her third novel in the Twisted Roots series and started teaching creative writing classes at High Country Home Educators. Currently she is working on an apocalyptic romance which can only be described as a cross between Left Behind and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Shelly lives in Colorado with her husband Tim, three daughters, two dogs, and three guinea pigs.

Awards/Honors: 
Goodreads - Best Christian Fiction
Powell's Bookstore winner 2012 of the Puddly Awards
Organizations: 
Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group - Fiction Foundry
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I love writing. Just give me a topic and I can speak for hours. My passion is helping others tell their story. I'm not so strong on the grammar side, but can efficiently show another writer how to grow in the craft of writing. Telling vs Showing...active voice, passive voice, tense shifts (more conceptual). I also love working with young writers and building on their passion for the written word. I know a lot about writing critique groups as well and have been a part of one since 2009--the best way to grow as a writer :-)
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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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Bell, Donnell

Bell, Donnell
Pseudonym: 
Donnell Ann Bell
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1957
Birth City: 
Lubbock
Birth State: 
TX
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer (former newspaper editor and writer)
Biography: 

Donnell Ann Bell is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, Deadly Recall and The Past Came Hunting, both of which were nominated for the prestigious Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America®. Deadly Recall is also a 2014 EPICON nominee for best thriller/suspense. Her fourth book from Bell Bridge Books was released in 2014.

She has made her home in Colorado Springs for the past 28 years, and writes around this theme: Suspense too close to home. Her website is www.donnellannbell.com

Awards/Honors: 
2014 EPICON Nominee for Deadly Recall, Best Thriller Suspense
2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense - The Past Came Hunting - Best Single Title
2012 Booksellers Best - Best first book and Best single title - The Past Came Hunting
2010 RWA's Golden Heart for Unpublished Authors - Deadly Recall
2007 RWA's Golden Heart for Unpublished Authors - Walk Away Joe (published as The Past Came Hunting)
Education/Training: 
New Mexico State University - Denver Academy of Court Reporting - El Paso County Sheriff Citizen's Academy - Colorado Springs Police Citizen's Academy - Writer's Police Academy, Jamestown NC
Organizations: 
Toastmasters - Sisters in Crime - Mystery Writers of America - International Thriller Writers - Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death Chapter) - Board Member at Large, Pikes Peak Writers - Board Member, Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The Citizen's Academy: Every citizens responsibility/honor - Just be professional, it's not that hard - What's more important: Plot or Character? - There's more to research than Google - Are you a wordsmith or are you a storyteller?
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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

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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