Western

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.

Torreano, Mike

Torreano, Mike
Birth City: 
Flint
Birth State: 
MI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Mike Torreano has lived in Colorado Springs since 1977. A retired Colonel, USAF,
he is also a retired financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual of 35 years.

Education/Training: 
MA, Mass Communications, University of Denver - BA, International Affairs, United States Air Force Academy
Organizations: 
Western Writers of America - The Historical Novel Society - Western Fictioneers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The Old West - The Civil War

Anderson, John

Anderson, John
Current Location: 
El Paso County, Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Retired El Paso County sheriff - Historian and writer
Biography: 

John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. He enjoyed a 30-year law enforcement career, retiring at the rank of sergeant after 22 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department, followed by 8 years serving as the elected sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. After being term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public safety and was employed in homeland and corporate security for ten years in the private sector. He retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2012 to launch a consulting business allowing him the freedom to pursue his love of history, writing and the arts. Although John has traveled around the world, including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean, he remains most fascinated by the rich history and art discovered in his own backyard in the American Southwest.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region -- Ute Indian Prayer Trees are a unique variety of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) that were skillfully cultivated by the Ute Indians throughout much of Colorado. The Ute began modifying trees for navigational, medicinal, nutritional, educational, burial or spiritual purposes, hundreds of years ago. Many Ute Prayer Trees can still be found today and some are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago. The Ute do not have a traditional migration story, so it remains somewhat of a mystery where they may have come from or when they arrived in what they know as the Shining Mountains, but according to the Ute oral history their Creation Story says they were placed here at the beginning of time by Senawahv, the Creator. The Ute Elders claim they were the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region and have had a continuous presence for perhaps 14,000 years in what is today Colorado, with 2 Reservations still in existence in the Four Corners area (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations). Pikes Peak, a mountain known as Tava to the Ute, was the most sacred of all the Shining Mountains for their oral history teaches them that the Creator has the day start there first and each day is a gift from the Creator. The Ute like many other Native Americans, believe all things in life, including trees, have a spirit and many of the UPTs discovered in El Paso, Teller and Custer Counties, point towards Tava (Pikes Peak) and other sacred places of the Ute people.

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

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

Trent, Doyle

Trent, Doyle
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1925-2014
Birth City: 
Kansas City
Birth State: 
MO
Biography: 

In Memory of Doyle Trent (Obituary for Doyle Trent)

Western author Doyle Trent succumbed to congestive heart failure on Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Colorado Springs.

He put up a might struggle. Beaten down by disease, he rose again and again until his heart would not take him any further down the road. He had been knocked down many times before in life, but like the cowboy he was in his youth, he always managed to get up and forge ahead. Despite tremendous obstacles, he fulfilled his dreams of turning himself from a poor, Depression-era kid into a cowboy, followed by a newspaper reporter and finally a successful writer of tales of the Old West.

Doyle was born on May 7, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri to Morgan and LaVerna Trent. He was fatherless by the age of five. He was one of four boys, who learned self-sufficiency while his widowed mother worked at any job she could get in order to put food on the table. Doyle didn't have many material things but he had a pot full of drive which led him to drop out of school at sixteen and go west to become a cowboy. With his buddies, he would take the money he earned as a ranch hand to rodeo. His specialty was bull riding.

Doyle lived that life until the Army claimed him. He seized the opportunity Uncle Sam had given him, received his GED and enrolled at the University of Colorado. The last semester, just before graduation, someone from administration called him in and said he should never have been accepted with just a GED. He finally conceded he had done the work and made the grades. He was awarded his journalism diploma.

Doyle was the oldest cub reporter on the staff of the small-town newspaper where he got his first job. That never bothered him. During his career in three states, he reported on everything from politics to crime and did one brief stint with the AP, covering the Missouri Legislature. He enjoyed reporting but always had an urge to write novels. For 20 years, he wrote them in his off-time before selling his first. That first book turned into 27 published books sold here and later in England, Germany and Canada. All were westerns. Just before he died, he fulfilled a dream of writing a modern day thriller, Flirting with the Undertaker which was published last month on Amazon.

Doyle met his wife, Joyce on a newspaper in Wichita, Kansas. Together they traveled the world; riding camels in the Egyptian desert, elephants in India, zip lining in Costa Rica, trekking through the Amazon Jungle in Peru and climbing the Great Wall of China.

He was a good and steadfast husband. He took his inner strength from the Code of the West, which reads in part, "Live each day with courage," "Do what has to be done," "Take pride in your work," "When you make a promise, keep it.", "Talk less and say more," and "Remember, some things aren't for sale." He was, as one book fan put it on the internet, "In a world of wannabe cowboy writers, he is the real McCoy."

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Morgan, Glenn and Rex; his horse, Miz Rose and his dogs: Trinket and Daisy. Doyle is survived by his wife, Joyce; nieces: Audrey Ajlouny and Sherri Trent and nephews: Richard Scholes and Rex Trent, Jr.

Doyle will be cremated and interred with his mother. A private family graveside service is planned.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism, University of Colorado
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

McCall, Charles

McCall, Charles
Pseudonym: 
Charlie Mac
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1948
Birth City: 
Riverside
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Charlie Mac was born and raised in Southern California. In the mid-90s Charlie was fascinated by a comment by actor Paul Newman who pointed out the in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, no one actually saw Butch and Sundance die.

For Charlie the interview was the seed for a great story. It took twelve years, but Legends Lost was completed and published in 2012.

Awards/Honors: 
2013 Colorado Independent Publishers Association - First place, Fiction
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Management
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing
Local Authors Genres: 

Lence, Julie

Lence, Julie
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1964
Birth City: 
Schenectady
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Self-published author & homemaker
Biography: 

Julie grew up in an average size city in upstate New York. She met her husband in 12th grade and accompanied him on his twenty-year career with the U.S. Air Force. Stationed in Colorado Springs for four years, both loved the area so much they retired here. Colorado Springs has been home to them for more than ten years.

Julie has always had a love for horses, the wild west and cowboys. She began her writing career back in the 90's, inspired by authors Judith McNaught and Johanna Lindsey. With the help of a local romance writer's group, her first work, Luck of the Draw, was published in 2007. Currently, she has self-published two western historical romance series and two short Christmas stories. Her books can be found at Amazon.com. Julie enjoys taking care of her family and home, sports and meeting people who like to read and write.

She can be contacted at: julie@julielence.com

Awards/Honors: 
Pikes Peak Romance Writer's Volunteer of the Year, 2005
Organizations: 
The Romance Studio - Coffeetime Romance - Marketing for Romance Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
World building - Character building - Plotting & Outlining - Networking
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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