Conference Faculty

We are in the process of assembling our faculty for PPWC2015.

If you would like to recommend/request an author or specialist please do so at the request a workshop page by September 30, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

If you would like to propose a workshop of your own please do so at the proposals page by September 30, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

PPWC 2014 Faculty:

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Keynote Speakers 2014

Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He is the author of such novels as BLACKBIRDS, MOCKINGBIRD, THE BLUE BLAZES, and UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY. Author of the Writer’s Digest guide, THE KICK-ASS WRITER. He is an alumni of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and is the co-author of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative COLLAPSUS. He lives in Pennsyltucky with wife, son, and two dopey dogs. You can find him on Twitter @ChuckWendig and at his website, terribleminds.com, where he frequently dispenses dubious and very-NSFW advice on writing, publishing, and life in general.

Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger
New York Times Bestselling Author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit.Her books are urbane fantasies mixed with steampunk comedies of manners. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award and was nominated for the Compton Crook, Campbell, and Locus Awards. Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless, Soulless Vol. 1 (the manga), Soulless Vol. 2 (the manga of Changeless) were all New York Times Bestsellers. The first in her steampunk Finishing School series for young adults, Etiquette & Espionage, released Feb. 5 2013, was an instant NYT Bestseller. The next book in the Finishing School series, Curtsies & Conspiracies, releases Nov. 5, 2013. She will release the first book in her new adult series, Prudence, in the second half of 2014.Her other hats (neither pith helmet nor fedora) have included tromping the globe excavating ancient cultures, torturing undergraduates with science, and writing cryptic reviews of YA novels for the Horn Book Guide.You can find Gail through her agent, Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency (www.nelsonagency.com), via her website (www.gailcarriger.com), on Livejournal, Blogspot, Twitter, Goodreads or Facebook.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 30 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honorsfor her ground-breaking journalism. A bestselling author of six mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and most recently, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her newest thriller, THE WRONG GIRL, is a Boston Globe bestseller and was dubbed “Another winner” in a Booklist starred review. She’s on the national board of Mystery Writers of America and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime. Visit her online at HankPhillippiRyan.com, on Twitter @hank_phillippi and Facebook/HankPhillippiRyanAuthorPage.

Jim C Hines

Jim C Hines

Jim C. Hines
Jim C. Hines is best known as a fantasy novelist and the guy who did those gender-flipped SF/F cover poses. His first novel was Goblin Quest, the tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After completing the goblin trilogy, Jim went on to write The Princess series, four books often described as a blend of Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Charlie’s Angels. He’s currently working on the Magic ex Libris books, which follow the adventures of a magic-wielding librarian from northern Michigan.He’s also the author of more than forty published short stories. His first professional story sale was the award-winning “Blade of the Bunny,” which took first place in the 1998 Writers of the Future competition and was published in Writers of the Future XV.Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012.He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English, and currently works for the State of Michigan. He lives with his wife and two children, who have always shown remarkable tolerance for his bizarre and obsessive writing habits. (The cats, on the other hand, have no tolerance whatsoever, and routinely decide to walk across his desk when he’s trying to work.)

 

Editors & Agents 2014

We are in the process of assembling our faculty for PPWC2015.

If you would like to recommend/request an author or specialist please do so at the request a workshop page by September 30, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

If you would like to propose a workshop of your own please do so at the proposals page by September 30, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

Sarah Peed

Sarah Peed

Sarah Peed, Del Rey and Ballantine
Sarah Peed is an Associate Editor with Del Rey Spectra, and the Acquisitions Editor for Hydra, a division of the Random House Publishing Group. She is looking for fast-paced, character-driven science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She tends toward pieces with a strong voice and dry wit, and she blames The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Good Omens for that.”I’m looking for dark fantasy, supernatural horror, urban fantasy, and post-apocalyptic sci-fi.  I’m not looking for YA submissions, graphic novels, short story collections, or erotica. I’d like to see pieces that fall in either the novella range of 15,000-30,000 words, or in the novel range of 60,000-100,000 words, although those limits are flexible.Stories that are more character-driven and have a strong voice are very appealing. I’m also looking for fast-paced pieces with enough action to keep the reader engaged and enthralled. Witty, dry, and/or dark humor is also appreciated!”

Sara Sargent

Sara Sargent

 Sara Sargent, HarperCollins
SARA SARGENT is an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Most recently she was at the Balzer & Bray imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Candace Bushnell, Mo Willems, and Doreen Cronin in addition to launching debut authors Rosamund Hodge, Sangu Mandanna, Marcy Paul, and Kiki Sullivan. Prior to her time at HarperCollins, Sara worked at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, and interned with Miramax Books and Hyperion Books for Children. Sara has a Masters in Journalism. She can be found on Twitter @Sara_Sargent and on her website at www.sarasargent.wordpress.com.

Terese Ramin

Terese Ramin

 Terese Ramin, Entangled Publishing

Terese Ramin was born to parents who frequently wondered where she came from. A brush with mortality made her pull up her socks and finally finish her first novel. It won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award that same year. She is the author of ten romance and romantic suspense novels, numerous short stories, and the creator/editor/author of the charitable collaboration Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred. Ramin joined Entangled Publishing as Editorial Director of Ignite (formerly Entangled Suspense) in June 2013. Prior to this she spent eighteen months editing for Crimson Romance and numerous years as an editorial freelancer for private clients. Ignite is the Entangled imprint for romantic suspense/mystery/thriller novels, but Terese will take pitches in all varieties of romance. Her reading tastes are eclectic, ranging from YA to NA to erotica, romance, mysteries, thrillers, SF/F, literary fiction, and non-fiction – and all of the attendant sub-genres. Aside from writing and editing, Terese works as a ghost writer, a book doctor, and a paranormal investigator. Find her on Twitter at @TereseRamin and Facebook Terese Ramin

Terri Bischoff

Terri Bischoff

 Terri Bischoff, Midnight Ink
Terri Bischoff joined Midnight Ink as an Acquiring Editor in October 2009. She leads all editorial directions and creates the seasonal lists. She has dramatically increased the number of titles per season, publishing 30-36 titles per year, as well as expanded the type of crime fiction MI has published. Terri has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both mysteries and in bookselling, having been involved for 17 years in all areas of bookstore operations, particularly as book buyer and reviewer. She has worked at Kramer Books in Washington, DC, and more recently, Terri owned and operated Booked For Murder Mystery Bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin.Terri is looking for all types of crime fiction, from cozy to suspense/thriller.

Amy Boggs

Amy Boggs

 Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Amy Boggs is a sci-fi/fantasy geek always looking for more things to geek out about. Fortunately, she often gets to do this professionally as a literary agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency, where she has been since 2009. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and came to New York City by way of Vassar College. She loves her adopted city, despite its lack of mountains. When not reading, she wanders the streets, museums, and theaters of NYC.Amy is looking for fantasy and science fiction, especially urban fantasy, steampunk (and its variations), YA/MG, and alternate history. Historical fiction, Westerns, and works that challenge their genre are also welcome.  She is seeking projects with characters who are diverse in any and all respects, such as (but not limited to) gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality.

Beth Phelan

Beth Phelan

Beth Phelan, Bent Agency 
Beth Phelan joined the Bent Agency in September 2013 after holding positions at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency and Waxman Leavell Literary. She is actively building her client list and is looking for complex fiction that pulls you in immediately, characters that you wish were your real friends and plot lines that drag you away from reality to a world you never want to leave. Her favorite stories are told with humor and sprinkled with surprises. Beth is looking for YA and MG fiction, New Adult and adult commercial and literary fiction, suspense/thriller/mystery, cookbooks and humor/pop culture. She does not represent sports books, history, reference books, poetry, screenplays or self-help.

Gordon Warnock

Gordon Warnock

Gordon Warnock, Foreword Literary
 Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Foreword Literary, bringing years of experience as a senior literary agent, marketing director and editor for independent publishers, freelance publishing consultant, and college-level writing tutor. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing. Gordon is taking pitches for nonfiction, fiction, and graphic novels for adults, NA, and YA.

Kristin Nelson

Kristin Nelson

Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
 Being an avid reader practically since birth, Kristin is equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for her book club as she is reading a sexy historical-romance. She established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 after the literary agent she was working for expressed dismay that Kristin wanted to represent genre fiction–gasp!–as well as literary novels.  Forming NLA was absolutely the right thing to do. When she is not busy selling books, Kristin plays tennis and also enjoys playing bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). She can also be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog, Chutney.Kristin is looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. For specifics, check out her examples on our Submission Guidelines page and read about Kristin’s latest sales at Publishers Marketplace.Kristin will NOT be taking pitches at the 2014 Conference.

Michelle Johnson

Michelle L. Johnson

 Michelle L. Johnson, Inklings Literary Agency
Michelle L. Johnson is a literary agent, the founder of Inklings Literary Agency and has a business administration background in addition to a lifetime of working with books (sales, editing, and writing) and authors (marketing, promoting, event planning). She is also a script/story consultant for an independent film under production in Halifax, NS. Before founding Inklings Literary Agency, she was an agent with Corvisiero Literary Agency. She has spent many years in the editing field for private clients and multiple independent publishing houses. She owned and operated a Writers’Center and Bookstore in Virginia Beach, organizing numerous special events for authors and artists alike. In adult, NA and YA fiction Michelle looks for Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Fantasy, and also loves Paranormal and Supernatural elements within those genres. She is also interested in romance of every heat level. She is especially fond of plot twists that surprise her and deep, well-rounded characters that make her laugh and cry. For Non Fiction, she is interested in Memoir and True Crime.

Carlisle Webber

Carlisle Webber

Carlisle Webber, CK Webber Associates
Carlisle Webber refused to major in English in college because no one would let her read Stephen King or R.L. Stine for class. After college, she obtained a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a YA librarian and professional book reviewer for publications including Kirkus Reviews. Wishing to explore her interest in the business side of publishing, she enrolled in the Columbia Publishing Course. After working for the Publish or Perish Agency/New England Publishing Associates and Jane Rotrosen Agency, she has established her own agency, CK Webber Associates. She is seeking YA, middle grade, women’s fiction, literary and general fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, romance, and fantasy. Follow her on Twitter: @carliebeth

 

 

Authors & Specialists 2014

We are in the process of assembling our faculty for PPWC2015.

If you would like to recommend/request an author or specialist please do so at the request a workshop page by September 30, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

If you would like to propose a workshop of your own please do so at the proposals page by September 30, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

Tom Adair

Tom Adair

Tom Adair
From investigating the shootings at Columbine High School to locating grave sites in the remote back country of the Rockies, Tom Adair has lived a life most crime authors only write about. An internationally recognized forensic scientist, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Entomology. He has served as the president of the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction, Rocky Mountain Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and the Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification. While in law enforcement he was board certified as a senior crime scene analyst, was one of only 40 board-certified bloodstain pattern analysts and one of 80 board-certified footwear examiners worldwide. In addition to writing over 60 scientific papers, he has served as the editor of an international peer-reviewed science journal. Over his 15 year career he has been interviewed by and consulted for television, radio, text books, novels, magazines, and newspaper articles as well as documentaries on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He continues to teach and conduct research in the forensic sciences.

Carol Berg

Carol Berg

Carol Berg
Though a devoted reader, Carol Berg majored in mathematics at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado, so she wouldn’t have to write papers. Somewhere in the middle of a software engineering career, she started writing for fun, and the habit ate her life. Carol’s thirteen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. They’ve been read, so readers tell her, on five continents, on a submarine under the Mediterranean, in the war zone of Iraq, and on the slopes of Denali. Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews called her Novels of the Collegia Magica things like compelling, intelligent, complex, and superbly realized. The latest is The Daemon Prism. Next up is a new fantasy/mystery duology about a sorcerer who draws portraits of the dead. First volume, Dust and Light, will be out from Roc Books in August 2014. Carol camps, hikes, and bikes in Colorado and lives on the internet at http://www.carolberg.com.

Jax Daniels  &  Dan Bubis

Jax Daniels
&
Dan Bubis

Dan & Jax Bubis
Dan Bubis and Jaxine Daniels were EMT’s in the high mountains of Colorado for sixteen years.  They worked on a rural ambulance service and also on Search and Rescue.  They both teach CPR.  Jaxine is a published romance writer.  Her latest series revolves around Air Force ParaRescue, a field that encompasses both emergency medicine and search and rescue.

Trai Cartwright

Trai Cartwright

Trai Cartwright

TRAI CARTWRIGHT, MFA, has over 20 years experience as a professional story developer. She currently teaches creative writing, film studies and screenwriting at the Colorado Film School and University of Northern Colorado, as well as for writer’s organizations across Colorado. During her 15 years as a Hollywood development executive, Trai consulted on tens of thousands of screenplays for HBO, Fox, Paramount, Universal, and New Line. She produced three indie movies and has had three of her own screenplays optioned by Academy- and Emmy-award winning producers. A busy writing consultant and editor, she works one-on-one with novelists and screenwriters across the nation. Trai can be found at www.craftwrite.com.

Becky Clark

Becky Clark

Becky Clark
Becky Clark is usually pretty funny. Sometimes clever. Often silly. She writes and publishes low calorie cookbooks and novels. Well, the novels aren’t low calorie. Wait. Yes, they are. People say generous things about her and her writing. Mostly. She blogs irregularly at http://www.BeckyClarkBooks.com and http://www.LazyLowCalLifestyle.com to connect with readers who like her style and to hear interesting, eclectic things from them.

Deb Courtney

Deb Courtney

Deb Courtney
Deb holds a degree in Fiction from the University of South Florida, where she was a Saunders Scholar in Fiction. She has had numerous short stories published and has worked as a freelance journalist. Her background includes marketing and public relations in several business sectors. Her most recent venture is Courtney Literary.

Jaxine Daniels

Jaxine Daniels

Jaxine Daniels
Jax is a published romance author. Her books include a two-book hockey romance series and a five-book military romance series. Her readers rave about the depth of her characters. Jax is an EMT, CPR instructor and small business owner.

Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline Denmark has storytelling on her heart and in her blood. The daughter of best-selling novelist, Donita K. Paul, Evangeline grew up living and breathing good stories. She has co-authored two children’s books, The Dragon and the Turtle (Waterbrook, 2010) and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari (Waterbrook, 2011) and also writes YA and adult fiction. You can find Evangeline online at www.evangelinedenmark.com and www.dragonandturtle.com.

Kerrie Flanagan

Kerrie Flanagan

Kerrie Flanagan

Kerrie Flanagan is the Director of Northern Colorado Writers, a writing consultant and a freelance writer. Over the past decade she has published articles in national and regional publications and enjoyed two years as a contributing editor for Journey magazine. She has articles in the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents, as well as the 2012, 2013 and the 2014 Writer’s Markets, Writer’s Digest Magazine and The Writer. She was a frequent contributor for WOW! Women on Writing, is the author of Plane, Trains and Chuck & Eddie and has five of stories published in various Chicken Soup for The Soul books. Along with her own writing, she is passionate about helping other writers achieve success.
www.KerrieFlanagan.com
www.NorthernColoradoWriters.com

Laura Hayden

Laura Hayden

Laura Hayden

Since Attending the very first PPWC, Laura has sold fourteen books and four short stories to eight publishers under two names while living in six different states. Her most recent book is Angel, written with Nicole “Coco” Marrow (Mrs. Ice T) and her novella, “Wicked Looks” will be released soon in The Big Book of Wicked from Bell Bridge Books. She has served as PPWC Director/Co-Director seven times and is a past President of Pikes Peak Writers.

Chris and Karl Herndon

Chris and Karl Herndon

Chris and Karl Herndon

Chris Herndon’s thirty year death investigation career spanned 1982 until 2012. Chris became a certified death investigator in Colorado in 1991 and nationally through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) in 2001. Chris helped form the Colorado Coroner’s Association in 1987 and was a member of the Board of Directors member since its inception. As the Chair of the Education Committee she organized all of the association’s education seminars since 1988, teaching many of the classes herself. Karl Herndon always knew that he wanted to be a cop. After a stint with the U.S. Marines Reserves, Karl completed three Associate Degrees at Pikes Peak Community College while working for the College’s Police Force. In 1985 Karl was hired at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office where he worked until his retirement 24 years later. During his time there he spent 10 years as a detective in the major crimes division specializing in crimes against children and homicide investigation. He also taught defensive tactics in all the academy classes. In 1998 Karl began teaching with KidPower, TeenPower and FullPower, a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs that teaches children, teens and adults about setting boundaries, self empowerment and self protection. Chris and Karl met in 1994 at the clandestine gravesite of a homicide victim and they were soon married. Both Chris and Karl love to teach and share their experiences with a wide range of audiences, especially authors trying to figure out how to kill people and explain the how’s and why’s of what happens during investigations.

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester
Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and 2013 Hugo Award Winner. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed – @atfmb. His Functional Nerds and SF Signal weekly podcasts have both been nominated for Parsec awards, and the SF Signal podcast was nominated for a 2012 and a 2013 Hugo Award. He writes for atfmb.com, SF Signal, Functional Nerds and Kirkus Reviews.

Lynda Hilburn

Lynda Hilburn

Lynda Hilburn
Lynda writes paranormal fiction about vampires, witches, ghosts, psychics and other supernatural creatures. She makes her living as a licensed psychotherapist, hypno-therapist, professional psychic/tarot reader, university instructor and workshop presenter. She’s the author of The Vampire Shrink, Blood Therapy and Crimson Psyche, coming in late 2013. In addition, she has several novellas (Undead in the City, Diary of a Narcissistic Bloodsucker, Until Death Do Us Part and Devereux: The Night Before Kismet) available from most e-book outlets

Jennifer Jakes

Jennifer Jakes

Jennifer Jakes

After trying several careers—everything from a beautician to a dump truck driver—Jennifer finally returned to her first love, writing. Maybe it was all those Clint Eastwood movies she watched growing up, but in her opinion there is no better read than a steamy western historical. Married to her very own hero, she lives on fifteen acres along with two beautiful daughters, two spoiled cats, three hyper dogs and one fat rabbit. During the summer she does Civil War re-enacting and has found it a great research tool, not to mention she has continued appreciation for her microwave and hot water heater. Her debut novel, RAFE’S REDEMPTION, was a RWA Golden Heart finalist and Won BEST ROMANCE 2011 at DITHR and many other awards. RAFE’S REDEMPTION has since become a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Her second book, TWICE IN A LIFETIME, was an International Digital Award finalist. It has also recently become a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Visit Jennifer Jakes at www.jenniferjakes.com or find her books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Jakes/e/B005OMTLWW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. She’s been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby writes urban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults.

Kimberly Killion

Kimberly Killion

Kimberly Killion

Award-winning author, Kimberly Killion, has been hailed by Romantic Times Magazine as an author who writes “captivating romance with excellent pacing and characters who are honorable, intelligent and full of humanity.” Her debut book, Her One Desire (Kensington 2008), was nominated for the romance-publishing industry’s highest award of distinction, the RITA® Award. Her One Desire won the 2009 Booksellers Best Award for both Long Historical and Best First Book. Romantic Times Magazine awarded Kimberly’s second Scottish-set novel, Highland Dragon (Kensington 2009), with the K.I.S.S. Award. Aside from writing, Killion is also the owner of Hot Damn Designs. With 20+ years of experience in marketing, communications and design, Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Certificate in Web Design, and is an Adobe Certified Expert. She has designed over 2,000 book covers but she also does website design, promotional material and branding – and has recently started photographing her own Stock Images for Hot Damn/ The Killion Group.

Pete Klismet

Pete Klismet

Pete Klismet
Thirty years ago, a small cadre of FBI agents were hand-picked by the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) to receive training in what was then a highly-controversial and ground breaking concept, “Psychological Profiling.”  Pete was fortunate enough to have been chosen to become one of the original FBI ‘profilers.’  Before his retirement from the FBI in 1999, Pete received additional training, was temporarily assigned to work with the BSU in Quantico, Virginia, and put that training and experience to work in assisting state, federal and local law enforcement agencies in investigating violent crimes.  Pete served two tours in Vietnam on submarines.  (Submarines in Vietnam?  It’s the title of a chapter in his newly-released, award-winning book “FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil.”)  After completing college in Denver, Pete served as a police officer in Ventura, California for nearly ten years.  During that time, he earned two Master’s degrees from universities in California, and part of a third. He was named the 1999 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and retired that year. For the next 13 years, he taught in colleges, and is now retired as a professor emeritus. He and his wife Nancy live in Colorado Springs.  He plans to release ‘a couple more books’ in 2014.

DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling 
DeAnna Knippling has two minor superpowers: speed-reading and babble. She types at over 10,000 words per minute and can make things up even faster than that. She has been officially constrained from drinking Ovaltine per her doctor’s orders since a tragic incident involving a monopoly game, a blender, a cemetery, and a school play at age eight. Her first job was hunting snipe for her father at twenty-five cents per head, with which she paid her way through college; her latest job involves a non-disclosure agreement, a dozen hitmen, a ballerina, a snowblower, three very small robots, and a disposable dictator in South America. If she told you which movie was based on her life, she’d have to kill you. Her cover job is that of freelance writer, editor, and designer living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, cat, more than one cupboard full of various condiments, and many shelves full of the very best books. She has her own indie small press, www.WonderlandPress.com, and her website is www.DeAnnaKnippling.com.

Mark Lefebvre

Mark Lefebvre

Mark Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations for Kobo. Along with being at the center of the development of the author-centric Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform, Mark has worked in the publishing and bookselling world for over two decades and has worked in virtually every type of bookstore that exists (independent, big box, chain, campus and online).  Mark is a past president of Canadian Booksellers Association and is an active board member of BookNet Canada. An advocate for booksellers, print on demand, ePublishing and independent authors, Mark has given talks about writing, bookselling and publishing throughout the US and Canada as well as in Paris, London and Frankfurt

Mark’s writing falls into the “Twilight Zone” camp of fiction – most closely associated with horror, but also including elements of science fiction and fantasy. His first published horror story “Phantom Mitch” appeared in Wicked Mystic magazine in October of 1993 and received honourable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasty & Horror #7 (Datlow & Windling).  Since then, Mark has had dozens of speculative stories published in various magazines and anthologies including Stardust (edited by Julie E. Czerneda), Bound for Evil (edited by Tom English), Bluffs (edited by Lawrence Steven) and Fear of the Dark (edited by Maria Cavicchiolo & Jason Rolfe) and Tesseracts Seventeen (edited by Colleen Anderson and Steve Vernon). In 2004, Mark collected some of his previously published works in the self-published book One Hand Screaming. In 2006, he edited North of Infinity II, an anthology of speculative stories for Mosaic Press. In 2009 Mark edited Campus Chills, a themed anthology featuring horror tales set on colleges & universities across Canada, and in 2012 Mark edited Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnasus Unbound.  Mark’s non-fiction books exploring the paranormal — Haunted Hamilton (2012) and Spooky Sudbury (2013) — have been released via Dundurn Press and his novel I, Death is coming in the fall of 2014 from Atomic Fez.

Dan Leyman

 

Dan Leyman

FBI Special Agent Dan Leyman has been in Law Enforcement since 1984 and with the FBI since 1991. He has investigated or supervised nearly every crime the FBI investigates, from bank fraud to bank robberies to terrorism. From Police Academy to FBI New Agent Training, Special Agent Leyman had undergone extensive education in identifying, collecting and preserving evidence at a crime scene. When the FBI’s Evidence Responce Team (ERT) was founded in El Paso, Texas in 1995, Special Agent Leyman became one of its first members. His success and experience earned him his current position as Team Leader of FBI Denver’s Evidence Response Team.

Karen Albright Lin

Karen Albright Lin

Karen Albright Lin

Karen Albright Lin coaches and edits for clients in all genres of novels, screenplays and nonfiction.  She edited the memoir, Walks on the Marginsby Kathleen Brandt and Max Maddox.  Client, Suzanne Handler, published her memoir about a precedent setting mercy-killing case, The Secrets They Kept,ranked # 1 on Amazon within three weeks and has remained on the Amazon top 10 list in three categories for months. Chris Howard, YA author/client was published by Scholastic. YA/children’s client, Ying Chang Compestine, won over three dozen awards for her Holt published books, one based on her life during China’s cultural revolution. Karen is a celebrity memoir ghostwriter, has published and been awarded for her personal essays.  She also writes novels, short stories, and screenplays inspired by her life; many have garnered awards and landed her several top agents.  She teaches Writing Your Life at conferences, retreats, and on cruise lines.  http://www.karenalbrightlin.com

Jennifer Lovett

Jennifer Lovett

Jennifer Lovett
Jennifer Lovett is a U.S. Air Force Reserve Public Affairs Officer with 13 years combined active and reserve duty. As a communicator, she has worked with the White House press corps and other international journalists on issues as diverse as humanitarian aid to Africa, special operations missions in Afghanistan, and political soirées in Korea. Her promotion work includes books, novels, concerts and Hollywood productions. She won Best Feature Writer of Air Mobility Command and Best News Writer of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, as well as selection of her nonfiction story in an anthology called Women Write the War.  She is currently pursuing her first fiction series. The BattleScar books weave military issues through romantic suspense to bring awareness of serious Veteran concerns to mainstream America. Currently residing in Alexandria, Virginia, she is a member of the Washington DC Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and is always looking for fellow writers and military spouses to feature on her blog.

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, and Cinderella Screwed Me Over, which has sold to France, Germany, and Turkey.

 

Tiffany Yates Martin

Tiffany Yates Martin

Tiffany Yates Martin
Tiffany Yates Martin has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years, currently through her editorial consulting company, FoxPrint Editorial, helping authors hone their work to a tight polished draft. As a developmental editor she works both directly with authors as well as through major publishers. As a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, she has worked with several of the “big six” New York publishers, among them Random House, the Penguin Group, and HarperCollins. She holds a BA in English Literature from GSU and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. As a speaker, she has presented editing workshops for conferences such as the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and writers’ groups including Delve Writing, and served as a panel moderator for the Texas Book Festival. She has worked on titles by New York Times best-selling authors and manuscripts for unpublished writers, single titles as well as entire series. www.foxprinteditorial.com www.facebook.com/FoxPrintEditorial

Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald
Jessica McDonald lives in Denver and spends an inordinate amount of time on Facebook—and gets paid for it. She is a social media strategist, working with authors and businesses. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Denver and holds undergraduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, and has worked for everything from political campaigns to game design companies. She has published original research on online user behavior, and presents to national conferences on how social media really is more than just cat videos. When she’s not writing or working, she spends time with her mad scientist husband, two cats, and dog; playing the cello; gaming; doing outdoorsy stuff; and avoiding adult life as much as possible. She is the author of the urban fantasy novel BORN TO BE MAGIC, and belongs to PPW and RMFW.Find her at her website (http://www.coloradojess.com), on Twitter at @coloradojess, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/mcdonaldj), or on Tumblr (http://coloradojess.tumblr.com). Or possibly all of those at once.

Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell
Susan has a degree in English from Northern Arizona University. Her work has appeared in literary magazines including George and Mertie’s Place, Poetry Motel and Wordwrights. She writes and produces television commercials, promotions and programs locally. She has also written and produced projects for TLC, regional ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates. In addition Susan is currently completing work on a darkly humorous horror series.

Cindi Myers

Cindi Myers

Cindi Myers
Cindi Myers became one of the most popular people in eighth grade when she and her best friend wrote a torrid historical romance and passed the manuscript around among friends. Fame was short-lived, alas; the English teacher confiscated the manuscript and suggested they should spend more time brushing up on grammar and spelling. Since then, Cindi has written more than 50 published novels. She is a New York Time and USA Today Bestselling Author.  Her 2012 release, The View From Here, won the Colorado Book Award for genre fiction. Her most recent release is The Mountain Between Us.

Kris Neri

Kris Neri

Kris Neri
Kris Neri writes the Tracy Eaton mysteries, the latest of which is Revenge on Route 66, a 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist, and the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty magical series. Her novels have been nominated for such prestigious awards as the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, International Book Award, and the Lefty. She is a three-time Lefty Award finalist for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. Her most recent magical novel, Magical Alienation, was a 2012 NM-AZ Book Award winner for fantasy. Kris teaches writing for the Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School, and with her husband, owns The Well Red Coyote bookstore in Sedona, AZ. Kris welcomes readers to her website, www.krisneri.com.

Aaron_Ritchey

Aaron Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey
Aaron Michael Ritchey’s first novel, The Never Prayer, was published in March of 2012 to a fanfare of sparkling reviews including an almost win in the RMFW Gold contest. Since then he’s been paid to write steampunk, cyberpunk, and sci-fi western short stories.  His next novel, Long Live the Suicide King, will give hope to the masses in 2014.  As a former story addict and television connoisseur, he lives in Colorado with his wife and two goddesses posing as his daughters.  When he’s not writing, he’s travelling the world, riding his bicycle, or talking about writing.  His speaking experiences range from talks on how the 12 steps of recovery ease artistic angst to writing a first chapter with sentences like fish hooks.  He Facebooks, interviews authors, and in his free time meditates in silence, praying for the souls of writers and artists everywhere.

Linda Rohrbough

Linda Rohrbough

Linda Rohrbough
Linda Rohrbough has been writing since 1989, and has more than 5,000 articles and seven books to her credit along with national awards for her fiction and non-fiction. She’s worked as a bureau chief for a news network in Los Angeles and in Dallas as well as having her best-selling books published by the big five New York publishing houses. Her books have enjoyed translation into over a dozen languages and she’s been quoted by publications such as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. New York Times #1 bestselling author Debbie Macomber said about Linda’s new novel: “This is fast-paced, thrilling, edge-of-the-seat reading. The Prophetess One: At Risk had me flipping the pages and holding my breath.” To date The Prophetess One: At Risk has garnered three national awards: the 2012 International Book Award, the 2011 Global eBook Award, and the 2011 Millennium Star Publishing Award. An iPhone App of her popular “Pitch Your Book” workshop is available in the Apple iTunes store. Visit her website: www.LindaRohrbough.com.

Morgen Leigh Thomas

Morgen Leigh Thomas

Morgen Leigh Thomas
Morgen earned her Bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology, and her Master’s degree in sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She teaches Introduction to Sociology I & II at the community college level and Social Psychology, The Body, Culture & Power, and Sex & Society at the university level. Her research interests and areas of specialization include nonmainstream body modification, intentional ordeals as rites of passage and reclamation, sex, gender, sexuality, and embodiment as it intersects with definitions of disability. She is a certified yoga teacher with special emphasis on adaptive yoga for people with physical disabilities. She is an award winning commercial and documentary copywriter, copy editor, and producer. She also conducts creative writing workshops on embodied communication for character development and is published in fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and peer reviewed academic research. Morgen has two children, a daughter in college and a son in high school. They inspire her every day.

Kris Tualla

Kris Tualla

Kris Tualla
Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning and internationally published author of historical romance and suspense, writes with a fast-paced and succinct style. Her plots are full of twists, passion, and very satisfying outcomes! Kris started in 2006 with nothing but a nugget of a character in mind, and has created a dynasty with The Hansen Series and its spin-off, The Discreet Gentleman Series. Norway is the new Scotland!Kris is an activemember of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime. She is an enthusiastic speaker and teacher, and created Arizona Dreamin’ – Arizona’s first romance-reader event: ArizonaDreaminEvent.com and it’s author-focused companion: BuildintheDream.com

Todd Wallinger

Todd Wallinger

Todd Wallinger
Todd Wallinger is an award-winning playwright from Colorado Springs. His plays The Butler Did It!, Long Tall Lester and The _urloined Letter and are published by Pioneer Drama Service and have been performed by high schools and community theaters across the country. Todd founded the Drama Lab playwriting workshop and serves with the Colorado Theatre Guild as a judge for their annual Henry Awards. He has also flirted with the dark side as the theater critic for the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent. His website is at www.toddwallinger.com.

Robin Widmar

Robin Widmar

Robin Widmar

Robin Widmar grew up in a firefighting family. After 15 years in the fire service, she now writes about fires instead of fighting them. She works in emergency management and freelances as a writer and editor specializing in firefighting. Her current projects include a firefighting reference book for writers and a novel related to firefighting. Advance the Line, her firefighting-for-writers blog, can be found at http://advancetheline.blogspot.com/.

 
 
   
 

PPWC At a Glance

When: April 24-26, 2015

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

We are all writers! We know the challenges of budgeting conferences and networking opportunities to ensure success and learning. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce our new payment plan option!!

Thursday Programming: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Pre-Conference Programming on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): In 2014 we brought in a stellar selection of publishing professionals, including featured authors Chuck Wendig, Gail Carriger, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Jim C. Hines. Add to this a wide assortment of editors and agents taking pitches and authors offering workshops covering every aspect of writing. Learn more about our fantastic faculty lineup here.

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