Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She has written five historical novels, including the internationally bestselling Daughters of the Night Sky and Promised to the Crown. Her most recent novel, Girls on the Line is a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice for February 2019. She is active as an educator and speaker in the writing community and beyond. In 2019 Aimie was nominated for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer of the Year award and a Colorado Book Award. Her upcoming novel (June 2020), Across the Winding River, is a return to WWII. In addition to Pikes Peak Writers, she is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers marketing collective, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Historical Novel Society. She lives in Colorado with her two (usually) adorable children. To learn more about Aimie, please visit www.aimiekrunyan.com.
A highly functioning chocoholic, Becky Clark lives in Denver and is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. She writes the Dunne Diehl novels, the Mystery Writer’s Mysteries, the upcoming Crossword Puzzle Mysteries, and “Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel: How To Write Faster, Write Better, And Be More Organized.” Visit her online at www.BeckyClarkBooks.com.
Johnny Worthen (Infinite Monkeys, Salt City Genre Writers, The Usual Suspects) is an award-winning, multiple-genre, tie-dye-wearing author, voyager, and damn fine human being! A Utah Writer of the Year, trained in literary criticism and cultural studies, he writes upmarket fiction, long and short, mentors others where he can and teaches at the University of Utah.
Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King, and Elizabeth’s Midnight. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. His upcoming young adult scifi/western epic series will also be published through WordFire Press. In 2015, his second novel won the Building the Dream award for best YA novel, and he spent the summer as the Artist in Residence for the Anythink Library. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two ancient goddesses of chaos 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.
Andra Watkins is author of three books. Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, her memoir chronicling her walk and dysfunctional family adventure, was nominated for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. She is one of the only living persons to walk the 10,000-year-old road. Her acclaimed debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press in 2014 and planted her desire to walk the ancient Trace. Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time is a book of photography, shot during her 15-mile daily hikes on the Natchez Trace. In addition to her books, Andra’s writing has been published on recognized sites including Scary Mommy and Minerva Rising, and she has been featured on news outlets including The Huffington Post, The Tennessean, and ABC News. Follow her writing adventures at andrawatkins.com.
During her twelve years on a busy mountain Search and Rescue team in Southern California, M.L. Rowland participated in over 500 search and rescue missions and trainings, including technical ropes rescues and recoveries, helicopter insertions and evacuations, and searches for lost children, hikers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and criminal evidence, in alpine, desert and urban environments. Trained in land navigation, technical ropes rescue, desert and winter survival and travel, including avalanche awareness and self-arrest, she also holds a certification in tracking from the State of California. Many of the location descriptions and incidents and the technical SAR information contained in her Gracie Kinkaid Search and Rescue Adventure Mystery novels are drawn from her own experiences and training. The first three books in her Search and Rescue Mystery Series are ZERO-DEGREE MURDER, MURDER OFF THE BEATEN PATH, and MURDER ON THE HORIZON. For more information, please visit her website at www.mlrowland.com.
Award-winning playwright/ novelist/journalist Judith Robbins Rose’s debut novel LOOK BOTH WAYS IN THE BARRIO BLANCO was released by Candlewick Press, Fall 2015. The work was selected by the American Booksellers Association for its NEW VOICES program, and received the 2015 INK Award for best YA/Children’s novel. Judy was named the 2015 INK Writer of the Year. Her experiences include writing for TV, radio and print, acting, directing and standup comedy. She is an expert in the field of relationship-based marketing, and received the Governor’s STAR AWARD for diversity programming. She’s a volunteer fund-raiser, mentor and tutor for at-risk youth.
Magdalena Rakoczy has a background in high ceremonial magic and Hoodoo (conjure work.) She is a Magus Mortem in the Ordo Tenebrae Astrum and has a practice incorporating all types of spellwork. Magdalena is the author of two published horror stories, and has written a series of paranormal romantic suspense books which incorporate elements of occult arcana.
Anita Mumm is a freelance novel editor based in Denver. Before starting Mumm’s the Word Editing & Critique Services, she worked in submissions and foreign rights at Nelson Literary Agency. Her editing clients include traditionally published and indie authors at all levels of experience, from international bestsellers to first time novelists. In addition to her editing projects, Anita frequently teaches classes and workshops about writing and publishing, both online and in person. For more information about Anita and her work, visit www.anitamumm.com.
Susan Mitchell has a degree in English from Northern Arizona University. Her work has appeared in literary magazines including George and Mertie’s Place, Poetry Motel, The Gathering Storm, and Wordwrights. She writes, produces and directs local television. She has written and produced projects for TLC, regional ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Advertising for PPW/PPWC and enjoys helping writers grow their marketing arsenal. Susan is also completing work on a darkly humorous horror series and a bone chilling screenplay.