Laura Hayden

Laura is the author of thirteen books, four short stories and a novella and has been published by Berkley, DAW, Tyndale, St. Martins, Zebra, Cumberland House, Harlequin, TOR and Bell Bridge.

Sam Knight

Sam KnightAs well as being part of the WordFire Press Production Team, Sam Knight is Senior Editor for Villainous Press and author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than a dozen short stories, including a novella co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson.

A stay-at-home father, Sam attempts to be a full-time writer, but there are only so many hours left in a day after kids. Once upon a time, he was known to quote books the way some people quote movies, but now he claims having a family has made him forgetful, as a survival adaptation.

Mariko Tatsumoto Layton

I arrived in America from Japan at the age of eight. I didn’t know English, but as soon as I learned to read I fell in love with books. I always wanted to be a writer but first became the first woman Asian attorney in Colorado before becoming a Middle Grade and Teen book author. My passion is writing multicultural fiction books dealing with themes such as prejudice, bullying, survivor’s guilt, domestic violence, environmental pollution cover ups, propaganda, and negotiations between enemies to avoid wars and conflicts. My debut novel, Ayumi’s Violin, is a Paterson Prize for Books for Young People Honor Book, Colorado Authors’ League’s Award Finalist, the winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Award, and was a Featured Deal on Bookbub with 10,000 downloads. One of the joys of writing for children and teens is presenting in front of them in schools and libraries.

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. She loves music and 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 and her family also take their Marvel addiction very seriously, as their one-eyed cat, Agent Fury, and their kitty named Valkyrie can attest.

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Jennie Marts

marts-jennie Jennie Marts is the USA Today Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.

Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.

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 updated e-book versions of her popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis and The Writer’s Brainstorming Kit (with Michael Waite) as well as self-published e-book versions of her romance backlist and fantasy short stories. Pam/Parker now works full-time as a writer, editor, speaker, and as the “Parker” half of Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing business. She can be found on the ’net at or

Rod Miller

Rod Miller is a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award—for a novel, short fiction, and poetry—twice winner of the Westerners International Poetry Award, recipient of the Academy of Western Artists Award for Best Poetry Book, and League of Utah Writers 2012 Writer of the Year award.

His latest books are a novel, Rawhide Robinson Rides the Tabby Trail; a history book, The Lost Frontier: Momentous Moments in the Old West You May Have Missed; and collection of short stories’ The Death of Delgado and Other Stories. A sixth novel is slated for release late in 2016.

A frequent presenter at writers’ conferences, workshops, and other events, Rod has also judged numerous literary contests, including fiction, historical fiction, and poetry. A member of Western Writers of America, he received the 2014 Branding Iron Award for his service to the organization. Visit him online at

April Moore

April Moore is Director of Northern Colorado Writers and is the author of Folsom’s 93, a historical nonfiction about the lives and crimes of Folsom Prison’s executed men, as well as a novel, Bobbing for Watermelons.

As an artist, April owned and operated a greeting card company from 1998 to 2008, provided illustrations for the Northern Colorado Writers’ 2012 and 2013 writing planners, and collaborates with other authors on illustration projects.

When not writing or illustrating, April is usually enjoying the Colorado sunshine by working in her vegetable garden, kayaking, or hiking, and spends the cold, wintry months curled up with a good book and a mug of tea. However, her favorite activity is spending time with her husband and eighteen-year-old son.

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Aaron Michael Ritchey

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 He’s on Facebook as Aaron Michael Ritchey and he tweets – @aaronmritchey.

MB Partlow

MB Partlow tries to inject her off-center sense of humor into everything she does. She writes mostly in the speculative fiction world, with forays into mystery and women’s fiction. Her first paid writing gig was for the A&E department of The Independent. She’s also written a parenting column for Pikes Peak Parent and spent years writing restaurant reviews for the Indpendent and The Gazette. She’s a longtime volunteer for PPW, having done everything from stacking chairs to Conference Director to serving on the board. She reads voraciously across genres, and thinks making up stories for a living is the greatest job in the world.