Amy Krasikov

Amy “AD” Krasikov, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors with Pikes Peak Writers, she is a volunteer with the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Amy is a writer, speaker, mentor, and story addict. A Colorado native, Amy is at home wherever there are mountains, a cool breeze, and the gentle rustling of leaves. Follow Amy at, Facebook, and on LinkedIn.

Jenny Kate

Jennifer Lovett Herbranson has been a communicator, marketer and public relations professional since 2001. She has party-planned for US ambassadors, written speech inputs for the President (of the United States), eaten Taco Bell with Jimmy Kimmel and danced with Willie Nelson. She has been quoted by the New York Times, CNN, FoxNews, and Time Magazine, and wrote her first novel in the second grade. With her husband, she co-founded Writer Nation, because she wanted to stop the madness that is AUTHORS MUST MARKET EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME! She envisions a world where every writer is an author first, and a smart, savvy marketer second, and plans to teach you how to do it.

Because she loves school, Jenny holds like a million degrees from schools you may or may not have heard of, and blogs for Pikes Peak Writers. She judges contests for the Utah League of Writers, is the communications director for Washington Romance Writers, and currently freelances with Literary Agent Ethan Ellenberg on his new Royalty Reminder business. A born Alabama girl, Jenny Kate bleeds crimson and white. When she isn’t writing or teaching about marketing, she travels the world looking for the world’s best vegan sandwich. So far, tofu banh mi in Hoi An, Vietnam, is winning that race.

Kate Testerman

Kate TestermanAfter a dozen years working in publishing in New York City, Kate moved to Colorado and formed kt literary in early 2008, where she concentrates on middle grade and young adult fiction. Bringing to bear the experience of being part of a large agency, she enjoys all aspects of working with her authors, offering hands-on experience, personal service, and a surfeit of optimism.

Natalie Mae

Natalie Mae is the author of YA novels such as DUPLICITY, written under the pen name N.K. Traver, and also two forthcoming fantasies from Penguin Random House: THE KINDER POISON, coming in 2020, with an untitled sequel to follow in 2021. Natalie is a developmental editor with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, and was a Pitch Wars contest mentor for four years, where she helped with literally hundreds of opening pages. Natalie grew up in Parker, graduated from CU Boulder, and would never turn down an offer of dark chocolate.

Elizabeth Barber

Elizabeth Barber is a Colorado Springs native with a love of adventure, hiking, climbing, history, art, survival skills and the outdoors. Elizabeth spent many years bringing history back to life as the Lead Interpreter for Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and she currently works as the Program Coordinator for the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Elizabeth extensively studied historic crafts and outdoor skills and she loves to share her knowledge with others by teaching. Elizabeth is a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide, and she studied Outdoor Leadership and Recreation at Pikes Peak Community College.

John Stith

John E. Stith is the author of nine novels, including Redshift Rendevous, a Nebula Award nominee, and Manhattan Transfer, a Hugo Award Honorable Mention. Several of his works with Ace Books and Tor Books have been bought by the Science Fiction Book Club, optioned for film, and translated into numerous languages. He has optioned several feature-film screenplays, and has sold to television (Star Trek). Complete information on his works may be found at His backlist was re-released in trade paperback and all major ebook formats from ReAnimus Press. His latest novel is , a mystery-suspense novel set in Colorado and published in November 2018 by ReAnimus Press and Audible.

Christopher Barili

Chris Barili, when not oppressed by his day job writes all kinds of stories, and has published fantasy, science fiction, horror, western, and paranormal romance, with his first crime story coming out in this year’s inaugural print edition of Toe Six Magazine. He is author of the self-published, weird western Hell’s Butcher series, with Book One (Hell’s Marshal) twice ranking in the top five of western horror on Amazon.

Barbara Samuel

Barbara Samuel (also known as Barbara O’Neal) is the bestselling author of more than 40 books. In 2012, she was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall Of Fame, and she has won seven RITA awards. Whether set in the turbulent past or the even more challenging present, Barbara’s books feature strong women, families, dogs, food, and adventure—whether on the road or toward the heart. She blogs at A Writer Afoot , Reinventing Fabulous, and The Goddess blogs, and features mini blogs on her popular Facebook page. Barbara is very active writing new books and converting her backlist into eBooks.  Look for her next book, When We Believed in Mermaids, on July 16.

Cindy Skaggs

Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a lifelong love of storytelling that enables her writing addiction. She is the author of seven published romantic suspense novels, including The Untouchables trilogy and a novella for Entangled Publishing: Untouchable, An Untouchable Christmas, Unforgettable, and Unstoppable, plus the Team Fear series: Live By the Team, Fight By The Team, and Survive By The Team. Her essays have appeared in Progenitor Art & Literary Review, Soundings, Wanderlust Journal, and the Fredericksburg Literary Art Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, three jobs, two kids, and more pets than she can possibly handle. She also plays the flute, makes crazy-good sculptures out of tortilla dough, and can wrangle the neurotic dog without getting mauled. Find her as Cindy Skaggs, Writer on Facebook, @CLSkaggs on Twitter, or to sign up for her newsletter.

Laura DiSilverio


A retired Air Force intelligence officer, Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling and award-winning author of 21 mystery, suspense and young adult sci-fi novels. Library Journal named Close Call one of the Top Five mysteries of 2016, and The Reckoning Stones (2015) won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery.. Incubation, the first book of her young adult dystopian trilogy is an Amazon bestseller. A Past President of Sisters in Crime, she teaches writing and creativity in various fora, speaks widely on the publishing life and reinventing oneself after forty (or fifty or sixty), and recently completed her first women’s fiction title, The Empty Nesters Club.