Bonnie McKnight has been a freelance editor since 2015—but she’s been correcting people’s grammar since she was two (ask about the legendary fog vs. mist debate of ’92). She earned her MA in the History of Books from the University of London and is more than happy to gush about ancient Mesopotamian literacy or Victorian fiction magazines. Born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bonnie sees the mountains as home. She enjoys playing games and doing cryptic crosswords with her family, reading, and collecting first editions.
Scott Bergstrom is an Edgar Award finalist and the author of The Cruelty and The Greed. His novels have been translated into 20 languages, and film rights for The Cruelty have been optioned by Jerry Bruckheimer. Scott teaches creative writing and job skills at a shelter for teens and young adults experiencing homelessness. He lives in Colorado with his wife, two daughters, and a petulant cat named Liam.
Kara Taczak is a Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Denver where she also directs Faculty Development and ePortfolio Initiatives. Her research centers on composition theory and pedagogy, specifically teaching for transfer. Her publications have appeared in College Composition and Communication, The WAC Journal, Composition Forum, Teaching English in a Two-Year College, and Across the Disciplines; she received the 2015 CCCC Research Impact Award and the 2016 CWPA Book Award for her co-authored book, Writing across Contexts: Writing, Transfer, and Sites of Writing. Currently, she is the co-editor of Composition Studies.
R.J. Rowley is a joker of all trades who captures life’s absurdities on the page and keeps them there until the proper authorities arrive. Publications include the comedy memoir How to Be Funny & Make People Fat, The 27-Hour Day collection of humorous shorts, and the Advice from a Toaster satirical self-help series. For more information, visit www.bexly.org.
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and an incurable coffee addict. She is the award-winning author of over fifteen novels, including The Last Letter, which received starred reviews from both Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. “A gifted storyteller” (Kirkus Reviews), she is also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series.
Fascinated by magic since pine cones could be fireballs, C. R. Rowenson (Clark) is an award-winning author, blogger, and writing coach that studies magic building like others study oil-painting. His prime directive is to help storytellers of all kinds of craft and repair the magic systems in their stories and you can visit crrowenson.com to witness, fuel, or join in his obsession.
After 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 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.
In January 2018, Brianne Smith self-published her first book, Spooning Leads to Forking: A Gay Teen Romance Story. The book met with instant success! She sold 400 copies the first month before Amazon suddenly banned the title from its listings due to the book’s erotic and LGBT content.
Refusing to let her voice be silenced, Brianne decided to make her ebook available for free online and was soon hired as a consultant for My Word Publishing, a company that guides authors through the process of professionally self-publishing their books. She has also been an active member in the community as a volunteer marketing coordinator for the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and rekindled her love for writing through her involvement with Poetry 719, Black Voices Matter, and Pikes Peak Writers.
Brianne hopes to become an inspiration to women entrepreneurs and help other aspiring authors avoid the same mistakes she did so they can share their stories with the world.
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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