2015 Conference Faculty

The planning for the 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference is well underway. As you can see, we have a fantastic line-up of faculty members coming in April. Bios and photos are pouring in. Keep checking back for additional faculty information.

We hope you’re as excited as we are.

See you in April!

Jump to Agents and Acquiring Editors or Authors and Specialists

 

Keynote Speakers 

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews

a.k.a. Kathy Hogan Trochek

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues. Her next novel, BEACH TOWN, will go on sale May 26, 2015.

She also wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), Trocheck earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976 (Go Dawgs!). She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia’s Harriet Austin Writer’s Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer’s Workshop, and the Antioch Writer’s Workshop.

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.

Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross is the author of New York Times bestsellers Reckless, The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Don’t Look Twice, Eyes Wide Open, 15 Seconds and No Way Back and co-author of five no. 1 bestsellers with James Patterson.  He is an international bestseller, with his novels now published in 25 countries. Gross has degrees from Middlebury College and Columbia University, and lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife Lynn. They have three children.

 

To learn more about him, visit www.andrewgrossbooks.com

Follow him online at FacebookTwitter and MySpace

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

a.k.a. Mira Grant

Seanan McGuire is a prolific science fiction and fantasy author, averaging three books and multiple pieces of short fiction every year since 2010 (her first book came out in 2009).  She doesn’t sleep very much.  She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2010, and has been nominated for several Hugo Awards, both under her own name and the name “Mira Grant,” who she claims is her own evil twin.  Seanan’s interests include horror movies, horrible things found in swamps, doll collecting, and visiting Disney Parks all around the world, which may also account for some of that missed sleep.  Seanan lives in Northern California and writes wherever she happens to be at the time.  She can be bribed with Diet Dr Pepper, which is thankfully easier to get than many quest items.  She’d love to talk to you.

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio. When Bob was nine, he found an old typewriter up in the attic. That discovery changed his life. He carried it down to his room and started typing stories and little joke books. After graduating from Ohio State University in 1965, Bob headed to New York City to become a writer. He wrote dozens of joke books and humor books for kids. And he created Bananas, a zany humor magazine which he did for ten years. In 1989 he created the Fear Street series, the best-selling young adult book series in history. Goosebumps began in 1992. The book series quickly became a hit around the world. Translated into 32 different languages, it made R.L. a worldwide publishing celebrity. R.L. Stine says he has a great job: “My job is to give kids the CREEPS!” R.L.’s books are read all over the world. So far, he has sold over 350 million books, making him one of the best-selling children’s authors in history.

Agents and Acquiring Editors

Margaret Bail

Margaret Bail

Margaret Bail

Agent

Inklings Literary Agency, LLC.

Margaret Bail has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing everything from medical documents to manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft.

Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.

Specific genres Margaret represents include the following:

*Note: I am only interested in adult fiction. Please do not query me with YA, MG, or children’s books.

In Fiction: Romance – all subgenres EXCEPT Christian or inspirational (I love the romance genre, so send your stories my way!), Science fiction, Mystery, Thrillers/Action Adventure, Historical fiction, Westerns, Fantasy.

Fiction genres I am NOT interested in: steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women’s fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays.

Stacey Barney

Stacey Barney

Stacey Barney

Senior Editor

Penguin/Random House 

Senior Editor, Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers. Stacey Barney acquires a wide range of middle grade and young adult fiction and select nonfiction and picture books. She has edited 2013 Coretta Scott King Honor-winning, Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter; Kristin Levine’s award-winning The Lions of Little Rock; Tara Sullivan’s Golden Boy, a YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults; Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman, NYT bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book that inspired Mean Girls; the NYT bestselling Ask Elizabeth by accomplished actress Elizabeth Berkley; award-winning Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor and most recentlyThe Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer and Firebird by American Ballet Theatre Soloist Misty Copeland and Caldecott Honoree Christopher Myers. Forthcoming titles include The Wrath and the Dawn, a sumptuous YA retelling of Arabian Nights and Unlocking the Truth, the inspiring memoir of Brooklyn-bred, teen heavy metal band Unlocking the Truth. She’s looking for contemporary realistic literary middle grade and literary/commercial YA.

 

Melissa Flashman

Melissa Flashman

Melissa Flashman

Agent

Trident Media Group

Melissa has been an agent at Trident for over ten years. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, she graduated from Wesleyan University and studied in the Ph.D. program in English at Johns Hopkins. She represents literary and commercial fiction, including young adult, as well as a broad range of award-winning and bestselling non-fiction including big ideas books in economics, science, wellness and pop culture.

Dana Isaacson

Dana Isaacson

Dana Isaacson

Senior Editor

Ballantine Books

Dana Edwin Isaacson is a senior editor at Ballantine Books at Random House in New York City. A veteran of the publishing industry, over the years he has edited non-fiction and fiction books for various publishing houses, as well having worked as a literary agent, an abridger and a co-writer. Presently, he works with authors from Rita Mae Brown to Nancy Thayer to Jonathan Kellerman. He is currently on the lookout for mysteries and thrillers for the eBook line, Alibi.

Sandy Lu

Sandy Lu

Sandy Lu

Agent 

L. Perkins Agency

Sandy Lu has been a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency since 2009. She holds BAs in psychology and sociology, with minors in music, business, and Japanese. Prior to becoming an agent, she was a Ph.D. candidate in Social and Personality Psychology and worked as a business/operations manager in the theater industry. She is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker.

Sandy is seeking submissions that draw her in with a unique voice and a good yarn that will make her miss her subway stop and keep her up at night. She particularly loves all things historical and anything with a supernatural bent. In fiction, she is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, historical fiction, fantasy, and YA. In non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction, history, biography, memoir, pop science, psychology, sociology, pop culture (music/theatre/film), and food writing. She does not represent romance, poetry, children’s picture books, how-to/self-help, parenting, religion/spirituality, and sports.

For more information, please visit www.lperkinsagency.com or follow her on Twitter: @sandylunyc

Tricia Narwani

Tricia Narwani

Tricia Narwani

Editorial Director 

Del Rey

Tricia Narwani is Editorial Director of Del Rey Books. She has worked in publishing for 10 years and specializes in science fiction and fantasy. Tricia’s current projects include works by Joe Abercrombie, Kevin Hearne, and Peter V. Brett.

Liz Pelletier

Liz Pelletier

Liz Pelletier

Publisher 

Entangled 

Liz Pelletier is first and foremost an entrepreneur. Beginning with the belief that authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits, she created a new business model that bridged the gap between self and traditional publishing and co-founded Entangled, taking it from start-up to a formidable presence in the industry in just three years. Her out-of-the-box approach garnered a groundbreaking distribution deal with Macmillan, as well as a joint venture with St. Martin’s Press.

Since its inception, Entangled has had 27 USA Today bestsellers, 11 New York Times bestsellers, and has earned myriad awards within the industry. Ms. Pelletier, who was also recently named by Bibliodaze as one of 2014’s Most Influential People in Publishing, alongside John Green, Veronica Roth, Sherman Alexie, and HM Ward, to name a few, also acquired the sixth bestselling book of 2012, The Marriage Bargain. Under her direction, Entangled has become an industry leader, forging a new path as the next generation of publishing.
Find her on Twitter at @Liz_Pelletier.

Mary Sue Seymour

Mary Sue Seymour

Mary Sue Seymour

Agent/Founder 

The Seymour Agency

Web Site: http://www.theseymouragency.com/

Mary Sue Seymour, nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for over 20 years, and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold New York Times selling projects such as The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and Shelley Shepard Gray’s Missing. She has also sold multi-book deals to Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Abingdon Press, B&H, Guideposts, Summerside, Kensington and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers, and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair, and has traveled to almost every American city for writing conferences, and she’d loved every minute of it. If you’d like to see current sales, conference pictures or recent covers of books she’s sold, please visit her web site. Mary Sue and her co-agent, Nicole, are writing a book titled The Smart Guide to Getting Published which will be released in 2015. Julie Gwinn is another new agent with The Seymour Agency.

Mary Sue represents several best selling Christian authors such as New York Times best selling author Shelley Shepard Gray, Mary Ellis, Vannetta Chapman, Ruth Reid, Don Reid of the Statler Brothers and others; her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards and have been the subject of articles and starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and other publications.

Mary Sue likes to keep busy since her sons, Matt and Luke, have grown up. She ran the Disney Half Narathon, The Princess Half Marathon at Disney and the Lake Placid Half Marathon. She teaches art on cruise ships in exchange for a complimentary cruise for two [which has made her exceedingly popular with her friends!].

Andrea Somberg

Andrea Somberg

Andrea Somberg

Agent 

Harvey Klinger Inc.

A literary agent for close to fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences.  Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Inc. in the spring of 2005.  Her client list is quite full, however she is always actively looking to take on new authors who write in the following categories:  Fiction; literary, commercial, womens fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, new adult, middle grade. Nonfiction: memoir, narrative, popular science,  pop-culture, humor, how-to, parenting, self-help, lifestyle, travel, interior design, crafts, cookbooks, business, sports, health & fitness.  Andrea has also been a MediaBistro instructor, teaching courses on writing nonfiction and memoir book proposals, and a Writers Digest seminar instructor, teaching courses on mysteries and thrillers and fantasy and science fiction.

Jennifer Udden

Jennifer Udden

Jennifer Udden

Agent 

Donald Maas Agency

Jennifer Udden joined the DMLA in 2010. She represents speculative fiction (both science fiction and fantasy), urban fantasy, and mysteries, as well as historical, erotic, contemporary, and paranormal romance. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and previously worked in nonprofit arts fundraising. She is actively seeking diversity in projects and in authors, including (but not limited to) diversity of gender, sexuality, ability, background, and race. She is not currently seeking middle grade, children’s books, or nonfiction projects.

Authors & Specialists

Mike Befeler

Mike Befeler

Mike Befeler

Mike Befeler writes the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series including Nursing Homes Are Murder, Care Homes Are Murder; Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012; Senior Moments Are Murder; Living with Your Kids Is Murder; and Retirement Homes Are Murder. He has two published paranormal mysteries, The V V Agency and The Back Wing and another novel titled, Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse. After thirty-nine years in the high tech world, he retired into fiction writing. He grew up in Hawaii and lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Wendy. http://www.mikebefeler.com

F.T. (Fleur) Bradley

F.T. (Fleur) Bradley

F.T. (Fleur) Bradley

F.T. (Fleur) Bradley is the author of the Double Vision trilogy (Harper Children’s), a series of fun spy mysteries for middle-grade readers that School Library Journal calls “a must-read for mystery fans, including reluctant readers.”

She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, two daughters and entirely too many cats. For more information on F.T. and her books, visit www.ftbradley.com.

Trai Cartwright

Trai Cartwright

Trai Cartwright

TRAI CARTWRIGHT, MFA, has over 25 years experience as a professional story breaker.  While in Los Angeles, Trai was a development executive for HBO, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s online ventures. Four of Trai’s screenplays were optioned, she produced three independent films, and she hasconsulted on literally thousands of scripts and books. She brings her in-depth knowledge of story building to all writing formats as a creative writing and screenwriting teacher for UNC, the Colorado Film School, writers groups, conferences, and one-on-one. Trai can be found at www.craftwrite.com.

Laura DiSilverio

Laura DiSilverio

Laura DiSilverio

Laura DiSilverio is a retired Air Force intelligence officer and author of 15 books. The first in her Book Club Mysteries, THE READAHOLICS AND THE FALCON FIASCO, hits stores in April 2015. Her standalone suspense novel, THE RECKONING STONES, debuts in September. She is President of Sisters in Crime, pens articles for Writer’s Digest, and teaches writing in various fora. She plots murders and parents teens in Colorado, trying to keep the two tasks separate. Laura has a BA in English (rhetoric emphasis) from Trinity Univ, San Antonio, an MA in Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught writing and literature for three years at the US Air Force Academy. She frequently teaches Mystery University workshops for MWA and a variety of workshops/seminars for Sisters in Crime.

Bree Ervin

Bree Ervin

Bree Ervin

Bree Ervin is an editor, book reviewer and tall tale teller. She is passionate about helping  writers discover new ways to look at their writing and expand their craft. She is forever looking for stories and characters that challenge her world view. When she’s not running away from home, she can be found traveling through a good book, or at her desk unraveling a fresh story.

Bryan and Baxter

Bryan and Baxter

Bryan & Baxter

If there is a polar opposite to Ghost Hunters, it is these two “urban myth and legend busters”, investigating pseudoscientific and paranormal claims. Bryan & Baxter of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society have 25 years of experience investigating everything from phony claims of people “in touch with the other side”, to ghosts, poltergeists, Cryptids and UFOs. On stage, Bryan & Baxter are wildly entertaining as they discuss the paranormal world. They are the hosts of Warning:Radio, have been presenting Haunted Denver History Coach Tours, and they have a comic book, The Adventures of Bryan & Baxter. 

www.rockymountainparanormal.com

www.bryandandbaxter.com

www.warningradio.info

www.haunteddenvertours.com

JL Fields

JL Fields

JL Fields

JL Fields is the founder and leader organizer of the Colorado Springs Nonfiction Writers.  She is the author of Vegan Pressure Cooking: Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes, co-author of Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet, contributor to Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology, writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette and is a food, health and wellness freelance writer. JL is a vegan lifestyle coach & educator, Food for Life instructor, personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant offering wellness training, brand representation, and strategic planning services. http://jlfieldsconsulting.com | @jlgoesvegan on Twitter

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp graduated from the University of Denver Publishing Institute in 2002 and earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University in 2010. She has worked as an editorial assistant at Colorado Review, where she reviewed fiction and creative nonfiction submissions, and as a project manager for a publisher of resources for educators. After five years in magazine publishing, two of which were spent wearing the editor-in-chief hat, Angie is thrilled to be part of the staff at NLA as Contracts and Royalties Manager. She lives in Denver with her very fluffy Norwegian elkhound and a little black cat.

Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin Ikenberry’s head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. Kevin has a diverse background in space and space science education. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama and a former executive of two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin continues to work with space every day as a Lieutenant Colonel in U.S. Army Reserve. Kevin lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. His home is seldom a boring place. Kevin’s science fiction and horror short fiction has appeared internationally through Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Mindflights, Twisted Dreams Magazine and most recently in the anthology EXTREME PLANETS, available from Chaosium. In October 2014, he signed a contract with Red Adept Publishing to publish his debut novel in late 2015. Kevin is a member of Fiction Foundry, Pikes Peak Writers, and is an alumna of the Superstars Writing Seminar. He can be found online at www.kevinikenberry.com.

J.A. Kazimer

J.A. Kazimer

J.A. Kazimer

J.A. Kazimer is a writer living in Denver, CO. Novels include CURSES! A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale, Holy Socks & Dirtier Demons, Dope Sick: A Love Story, Froggy Style, The Assassin’s Heart, and The Fairyland Murders. Kazimer spent a few years spilling drinks on people as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator in the Denver area. You can find her, much too often, online at jakazimer.com.

Pete Klismet

Pete Klismet

Pete Klismet

Pete Klismet retired after serving 20 years with the FBI, then spent 13 years teaching at colleges in Colorado. He was chosen to be one of the original ‘profilers’ by the FBI. His career in law enforcement, includes ten years with the Ventura (CA) Police Department. He is the Director of Criminal Profiling Associates, a consultant to the American Society of Cold Case Investigators, and a co-founder of Preventing School Shootings. Before retiring, Pete was named 1999 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Pete is the author of “FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil,” and the recently released “FBI Animal House.” Both books are on Amazon, Kindle, and will be available at the conference. He and his wife Nancy live in Colorado Springs.

crimeprof@yahoo.com Website: www.criminalprofilingassociates.com

Alex Kourvo

Alex Kourvo

Alex Kourvo

Alex Kourvo is a writer, editor and teacher. She is the author of three novels (the Detroit Next series under the pen name M.H. Mead) and numerous short stories. She is the co-founder of the Emerging Writers Workshops at the Ann Arbor District Library and authors the popular “Writing Slices” blog, reviewing how-to books for writers. She lives in Michigan, where she reads, writes, and eats as much key lime pie as possible.

Cara Lopez Lee

Cara Lopez Lee

Cara Lopez Lee

Cara Lopez Lee is the author of the memoir They Only Eat Their Husbands (Conundrum Press, 2014). Her stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Santa Fe New Mexican, Rivet Journal, and Connotation Press. She’s a book editor and writing coach. She serves as a faculty member for the youth program at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a board member for the Denver Woman’s Press Club. She was a journalist in Alaska, New Mexico, and North Carolina, and a writer for HGTV, Food Network, and Discovery Health. She has traveled throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the U.S. She and her husband live in Denver. You can find Cara online at www.CaraLopezLee.com.

Chris Lynn

Chris Lynn

Chris Lynn

Chris Lynn is a medium and a healer whose passion is providing an authentic connection to your spirit guides and being a conduit for communication with departed loved ones. She sees, hears and feels information from spirit. Chris has completed Advanced Mediumship Training with internationally-renowned psychic medium Lisa Williams, participates in ongoing mediumship training with Martin Twycross in the UK, and is an Advanced Soul Realignment® Practitioner. Chris’s grounded, real-world approach to spirituality, together with her warm demeanor, create a natural ease and relatedness during any session. Her website is www.BlueJeanMystic.com

Jennie Marts

Jennie Marts

Jennie Marts

Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She writes for Entangled Publishing and is the Kindle Bestselling author of the Page Turners series, which includes the romantic comedies: Another Saturday Night & I Ain’t Got No Body, Easy Like Sunday Mourning, and Just Another Maniac Monday. Reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”

She writes from the mountains of Colorado where she lives with her husband, two sons, a golden retriever named Cooper and a Sheltie puppy named Maggie. Jennie enjoys being a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Colorado Indie Authors, and Pikes Peak Writers.

Jennie is addicted to Diet Coke and adores Cheetos. She loves playing volleyball and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes or friends. Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books , or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and subscribe to her newsletter for the latest on new releases and to find out the current happenings with the Pleasant Valley Page Turners.

Pam McCutcheon

Pam McCutcheon

Pam McCutcheon

Pam McCutcheon is the author of romance novels and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. Pam’s latest releases are an updated e-book version of her popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis, as well as e-book versions of her romance backlist. Parker’s sixth Demon Underground book, Catch Me, is coming out in early 2015 from Bell Bridge Books. Pam/Parker recently quit her day job and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, and speaker. She can be found on the ’net at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.

Rod Miller

Rod Miller

Rod Miller

Rod Miller writes about the American West in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He is two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award—for short fiction and poetry—winner of the Westerners International Poetry Award, the Academy of Western Artists Buck Ramsey Award for Best Poetry Book, and was named 2012 Writer of the Year award by the League of Utah Writers.

Author of five novels, four nonfiction books, and three poetry books, Miller is also author of numerous anthologized poems and short stories, dozens of book reviews, and many magazine articles. His latest books are Goodnight Goes Riding and Other Poems from Pen-L Publishing and a tall-tales novel, Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range: True Adventures of Bravery and Daring in the Wild West, from Five Star. Release of a follow-up novel from the same publisher, Rawhide Robinson Rides the Tabby Trail, is imminent, as is a nonfiction book from TwoDot/Globe-Pequot, The Lost Frontier: Momentous Moments in the Old West You May Have Missed.

A frequent presenter at writers’ conferences, workshops, and other events, Miller is a member of Western Writers of America and received the 2014 Branding Iron Award for his service to the organization.

Visit him online at writerRodMiller.com and writerrodmiller.blogspot.com.

Barbara Samuel

Barbara Samuel

Barbara (Samuel) O’Neal

Barbara O’Neal sold her first novel in her twenties, and has since won a plethora of awards, including two Colorado Book Awards and seven prestigous RITAs, including one for THE LOST RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS in 2010 and HOW TO BAKE A PERFECT LIFE in 2012.  Her novels have been published widely around the world and she travels internationally, presenting workshops, hiking hundreds of miles, and of course, eating. She lives with her partner, a British endurance athlete, and their collection of cats and dogs, in Colorado Springs.  Her most current works are The All You Can Dream Buffet; Going the Distance, a series of New Adult novels written as Lark O’Neal, and Writing Romantic Fiction as Barbara Samuel.

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of Long Live the Suicide King, a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite contest. Kirkus Reviews calls the story “a compelling tale of teenage depression handled with humor and sensitivity.” His debut novel, The Never Prayer, was also a finalist in the Colorado Gold contest. His forthcoming works include a new young adult novel from Staccato Publishing and a six book YA sci-fi/western series from Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was nominated for a Hugo. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two ancient goddesses posing as his daughters.

For more about him, his books, and how to overcome artistic angst, visit www.aaronmritchey.com. He’s on Facebook as Aaron Michael Ritchey and he tweets – @aaronmritchey.

Jim Snell

Jim Snell

Jim Snell

Jim Snell of Evergreen Funeral Homes has been a funeral director for over 39 years. He became interested in the business, largely because his father and his grandfather were both funeral directors. He began working in the funeral home at the age of 16, during the summer’s months. After graduating from high school, he attended Upper Iowa University which had a mortuary science program. Jim then attended Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, Indiana. After mortuary school, Jim worked at a funeral home in Clinton, Iowa. He went on to continue his career in Denver, Grand Junction, and finally Colorado Springs.

Robert Spiller

Robert Spiller

Robert Spiller

Besides being a master of space and time, Robert Spiller is the author of the Bonnie Pinkwater mystery series: The Witch of Agnesi, A Calculated Demise, Irrational Numbers, and most recently Radical Equations. Napier’s Bones, the fifth in the series is due for release at the end of 2014. His math teacher/sleuth uses mathematics and her knowledge of historic mathematicians to solve murders in the small Colorado town of East Plains. A retired mathematician, Robert lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Barbara. Robert has taught a number of classes at PPWC, Writebrain, Authorfest, Texas Middle School Conference and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference

Angel Smits

Angel Smits

Angel Smits

Angel Smits is the author of seven romance novels, the most recent five for Harlequin Super Romance. Her stories of Heart and Home have won such awards as the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart and PPWC’s Paul Gillette. Her non-fiction work has appeared in numerous publications such as WILD WEST and FRAGMENTS. Angel lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter in a big yellow house with a wrap around porch complete with its own lovely swing.

Lynn Troop

Lynn Troop

Lynn Troop

Lynn Troop is an International & local Psychic, Medium, Reiki Healer / Teacher, Mentor, Intuitive Counselor as well as a Past Life Regression Therapist.  She is the owner of Soul To Soul in Colorado Springs CO. She attended Delphi University of Mediumship in GA and also trained for several years with Lisa Williams, world renowned Psychic and Medium. Some people say their profession chose them yet others claim they chose their professions, she believes her and her profession chose each other, SOUL TO SOUL, they were brought together!!!!

She will help guide you on your journey that is to your highest good while also connecting you with your loved ones who have crossed over in a way that is without a doubt showing you that there is a true communication connection between her and those who are now in spirit. She is able to guide you through tough spots in life and also help heal you from the inside out. A lot of times our pain issues are cause by mental trauma that we have tried to deal with through our lives. She will help you realize what they are and release them. Her website is http://www.thespiritscommunicatewith.me/

Brandy Vallance

Brandy Vallance

Brandy Vallance

Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of BBC period drama, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Covered Deep, has been featured by Writers Digest and USA Today.

Josh Vogt

Josh Vogt

Josh Vogt

A full-time freelance writer and editor, Josh Vogt has sold numerous stories to Paizo’s Pathfinder Tales, Grey Matter Press, the UFO2 & UFO3 anthologies, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Shimmer, among others. His work comes in everything from flash fiction to short stories to novellas to doorstopper novels, and is found in a growing variety of genres, such as fantasy, science fiction, humor, horror, and pulp. His debut fantasy novel, Forge of Ashes, is available as of April 2015.

He also writes for a variety of RPG developers and publishers, producing game manuals and sourcebooks, campaigns and adventure modules, worldbuilding materials and tie-in fiction. He’s a member of SFWA as well as the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. As a copywriter, Josh works with a roster of international clients, developing website copy, advertising, marketing, and sales content, video/audio scripts, social media campaigns, and much more. You can find him at JRVogt.com or @JRVogt.”

 

PPWC At a Glance

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When: April 24-26, 2015

Where: Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
(719) 260-1800

Back By Popular Demand! Due to the positive feedback, we are continuing the payment plan option for the 2015 PPWC.

Thursday Programming: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Thursday Prequel on Thursday, April 23, 2015. New this year, Ghost Hunting in the Marriott on Thursday evening!

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): For 2015, we are pleased to present keynote authors Mary Kay Andrews (aka Kathy Hogan Trochek), Andrew Gross, Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant) and R.L. Stine. We also have a terrific lineup of editors and agents taking part in Query 1-on-1 meetings as well as Read & Critique sessions and workshops. Our faculty this year is bigger and better than ever, with local and national authors sharing their insights on every aspect of writing we can think of! Learn more about our fantastic faculty lineup.

Ride and Room Sharing: If you're in need of a shared ride or room, or if you have something to share, please check out our Ride and Room Sharing page.

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