2018 Conference Faculty

We are hard at work on Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2018.

The dates: April 27-29, 2018

If you are interested in presenting at conference submit a proposal.

If there’s a presenter or topic you’d like to see if we can get request a workshop.


We have keynote speakers, agents, editors and a few surprise guests for the 2018 Pikes Peak Writers Conference! Workshop planning is coming along at a furious but fun pace.

Please keep in mind that some things are out of our control. We do our best to provide you with the most up-to-date information as possible but ALL faculty is subject to change at any time without notice.


Keynote Speakers


Laurell K Hamilton

Laurell Kaye Hamilton (born February 19, 1963) is an American fantasy and romance writer. She is best known as the author of two series of stories.

Her New York Times-bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series centers on Anita Blake, a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police, which includes novels, short story collections, and comic books. Six million copies of Anita Blake novels are in print. Her Merry Gentry series centers on Meredith Gentry, Princess of the Unseelie court of Faerie, a private detective facing repeated assassination attempts.

Both fantasy series follow their protagonists as they gain in power and deal with the dangerous “realities” of worlds in which creatures of legend live.

Laurell Kaye Hamilton was born Laurell Kaye Klein in Heber Springs, Arkansas but grew up in Sims, Indiana with her grandmother Laura Gentry. Her education includes degrees in English and biology from Marion College (now called Indiana Wesleyan University), a private Evangelical Christian liberal arts college in Marion, Indiana that is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church denomination.

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange HorizonsAsimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies  and her collections Word Puppets and Scenting the Dark and Other Stories.
As a professional puppeteer and voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), Mary has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures, and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.
Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com.

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the
Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of
centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying
systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time
for it.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the
early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who
make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough
money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the
long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His YA space travel novel, Mars One, is in development for film; and his Monk Addison short stories and V-Wars shared world vampire apocalypse series are being developed for TV. He is the editor of many anthologies including the X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Nights of the Living Dead (co-edited with zombie genre creator George A. Romero). His comics include Captain America, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Bad Blood, Black Panther, Punisher, Marvel Zombies Return, and more. His Rot & Ruin novels were included in the Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults. His first novel, Ghost Road Blues was named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium. A board game version of V-Wars: A Game of Blood and Betrayal was based on his noels and comics. He was a featured expert on the History Channel’s Zombies: A Living History and True Monsters. He is one third of the very popular and mildly weird Three Guys With Beards podcast. Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California with his wife, Sara Jo. www.jonathanmaberry.com

Acquiring Editors


Kelsy Thompson

Kelsy Thompson is a writer and editor from Ogden, Utah. She has served as an editorial intern for best-selling author Robison Wells, copy desk chief at The Signpost, managing editor at distinguished literary journal Weber—The Contemporary West, and acquisition and content editor at Jolly Fish Pressand YA imprint Flux and is eagerly looking for her next project.  She especially enjoys young adult literature, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mysteries, and historical fiction.

A graduate of Weber State University, Kelsy has worked on dozens of published novels, magazines, journals, and anthologies. When not worshiping the written word, she spends her time gardening, gaming, and wrangling her clowder of cats.

Martin Biro

MARTIN R. BIRO is a native of Northern California and a graduate of the University of Iowa. He has been with Kensington Publishing since 2008, where in his role as Editor he acquires a wide range of commercial fiction for their many diverse imprints. He serves as editor for a large list of authors for print (hardcover, trade, and mass-market) and digital formats, including #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels and New York Times bestselling author Marie Force. Martin also oversees both Lyrical Press, Kensington’s digital-first imprint, and Rebel Base, Kensington’s new science-fiction and fantasy digital imprint. For more information on his areas of interest please visit the Kensington website at www.kensingtonbooks.com/submissions.

Deb Werksman

Deb Werksman has been at Sourcebooks for 19 years, before which she owned her own publishing company. She is the editorial director of romance fiction, and is acquiring single title romance in all subgenres: paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, contemporary, erotic romance with:

  • a main character the reader can relate to
  • a love interest she can fall in love with
  • an imaginative, credible worl gets created into which the reader can escape
  • a hook she can sell within 2-3 sentences
  • a career arc for the author.

Sourcebooks is known for its marketing, PR and sales, and its focus on building authors’ careers.

Stacy Whitman

Stacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse middle grade and young adult fiction. Books she has edited include American Indian Youth Literature YA Award and Top Ten Quick Picks title Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac, Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid, and Summer of the Mariposas and Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. In 2013, Stacy founded the New Visions Award, which honors a new unpublished writer of color. The first New Visions Award winner was Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani, which garnered a starred review from Kirkus and Shelf Awareness, was on the Lone Star Reading List and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Teen Books of 2015, and won the Asian/Pacific American Award Honor for Literature from APALA. The most recent New Visions Award winners to be published are Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh (Sept 2017) and Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (October 2017), both of which have received multiple starred reviews. Her first graphic novel, I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, will be published Oct. 2017.

Stacy is a founding member of the CBC Diversity Committee and currently serves as a Publisher Liaison to We Need Diverse Books. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. You can find her on Twitter at @stacylwhitman.

Submission guidelines for the New Visions Award: https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-visions-award



Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing, in one form or another, for the better part of the last two decades and currently works as the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency. She loves helping authors hone their craft and learn about the ever-changing business of publishing.

Quressa Robinson

Quressa Robinson joined the Nelson Literary Agency in 2017 after working at a previous agency and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York based agent, she is eager to build her YA and Adult lists. When not curled on her couch reading, she plays video games, enjoys too much TV–mostly Sailor Moon and Harry Potter (Slytherin!), eats delicious things, drinks champagne, hangs out with her very clever husband, and adds another “dramatic” color to her lipstick collection. So, give her stories that will make her geek out. If you can make her have an epic fangirl squee–have stories featuring fairies and warrior princesses with afros and rainbow dreads or envision winter elves inspired by an Asian or Latinx culture–then you are definitely a match. She’s also looking for stories with best friends like Molly and Issa on Insecure, enemies to lovers, coming-of-age stories, The Breakfast Club with a twist, family drama and witches (!), and alpha heroes paired with witty heroines. If you have bold, fresh, or quirky stories they will be right up her alley. She’s also looking for stories that feel timeless and timely despite the current climate or when they were originally written. Or give her something she didn’t know she desperately needed. Above all, give her stories she can become deeply passionate about.

Justin Wells

Coming from a long background in book blogging with a focus on YA literature, Justin knew he wanted to end up in the publishing industry. Justin joined Corvisiero Literary Agency in the summer of 2016 as an intern, and quickly moved up within the agency under the amazing guidance of Marisa Corvisiero. Justin is now a Jr. Literary Agent with the agency, and is incredibly excited for everything to come. He is seeking Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, and some contemporary in MIddle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult. His passion for helping writers knows no bounds, and he strives to make every effort to have a positive impact on every writer he meets.
Along with working full time as an agent, Justin is also finishing up a degree in public relations. The knowledge he has gained through his degree has helped to give him an unique skillset to match with his work as an agent. He also runs a website where he provides helpful content for writers, all in the effort to do everything he can to help writers acheive their goals

Gabrielle Piraino

Gabrielle Piraino joined DeFiore and Company in 2016, having previously worked for both major commercial publishing houses and literary agencies alike, including Farrar, Straus & Giroux and AGI Vigliano. She’s a graduate of Pace University’s MS in Publishing program.
When considering new projects, Gabbie is most drawn to strong narrative voices, unique world-building, and diverse casts of characters. Focused on building long-term relationships with authors, she is currently accepting queries for sci-fi, fantasy, horror, thriller, and up-market chick lit (both Adult and YA). She’d also be happy to review queries from prospective author-illustrators for comics/graphic novels. She’s interested in representing stories with #ownvoices and diverse characters as available.

Melissa Edwards

Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction. She can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE, where she often tweets her active Manuscript Wishlist requests under #MSWL.

Authors and Specialists


Jodi Anderson

Jodi Anderson is a published author with Harlequin and Bell Bridge Books. With a background that includes magazine/newspaper writing, novels, and novellas, Jodi is currently a teacher, writes fiction, presents workshops for writers and uses any opportunity to gain control of a microphone in front of a captive audience.

Carol Berg

Former software engineer, Carol Berg majored in mathematics at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado, so she wouldn’t have to write papers. But a friend duped her into writing fiction, and the habit ate her life. Carol’s fourteen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including the Geffen Award, 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. Her most recent series is a fantasy-mystery duology that begins with Dust and Light, the story of a sorcerer who draws portraits of the dead. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls it “a captivating and satisfying fantasy epic” and RT Book Reviews names it “outstanding” and a Top Pick. The second in the duology, Ash and Silver, was released in 2015. Carol camps, hikes, and bikes in Colorado and lives on the internet at http://www.carolberg.com.

M. H. Boroson

M. H. Boroson’s historical fantasy novel THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES was published at the end of 2015. In a Starred Review, Publishers Weekly called it “a brilliant tale of magic, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898.”

It was Library Journal’s Debut of the Month, Goodreads newsletter’s Best Book of the Month, and Fantasy Book Critic’s #1 Debut of the Year. Barnes & Noble’s official blog said the novel is “a joy to read.” The AV Club compared it to the work of Hayao Miyazaki and called Boroson “a bright new voice in fantasy.” Bustle.com named it one the the 15 best Diverse Fantasy Novels. Libraryreads listed it in their Top Ten Books of the Month. Two sequels are under contract, and it is being developed as a television series.

Boroson has been documenting the oral histories of Chinese Americans since he was nine years old, paying special attention to ghost lore. He lives in Colorado Springs.

Fleur Bradley

bradley-fleur Fleur (F.T.) Bradley is the author of the Double Vision trilogy (HarperCollins Children’s), a funny middle-grade spy adventure series School Library Journal calls, “a must-read for mystery fans, including reluctant readers.” She is the author of numerous short crime stories, and manages a freelance writing career along with a crime novel and middle-grade novel project. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two daughters, and entirely too many cats. Find out more about Fleur at www.ftbradley.com, and follow her on Twitter @FTBradleyAuthor.

Becky Clark

Becky Clark

Becky Clark 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. Her newest titles are Banana Bamboozle and Marshmallow Mayhem. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Her stout-hearted dog keeps her safe from menacing squirrels and autumn leaves, but not plastic bags. Those things are terrifying. Find out Becky’s least favorite words at http://beckyclarkbooks.com/bio and subscribe to her newsletter to win cool stuff, http://beckyclarkbooks.com/mailing.

Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman

Shaun Kaufman and Colleen CollinsShaun Kaufman (shaunkaufmanlaw.com) is a Denver, Colorado lawyer. Over three decades he has tried cases ranging from jaywalking to first-degree murder. Colleen Collins (colleencollinsbooks.com) is a private investigator and an award-winning author in romance and mystery.

Shaun and Colleen co-owned a private investigations agency for over a decade. They have also written several nonfiction books about private investigations and the law profession. Their blog, Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes (https://writingpis.wordpress.com) has been recognized by Ellery Queen magazine as one of the top 3 true-crime blogs, and the American Library Association’s online Booklist site twice named their blog its “Web Crush of the Week” during Mystery Month.

KL Cooper

KL Cooper spends most of her free hours writing PNR, but when she’s not doing that, she’s rocking social media for Pikes Peak Writers or creating new graphics and book covers for other writers through UnderCover Press. You can connect with her anywhere on social media using these handles: @KLCequalsME @UnderCoverKLC @FleshandFeather

Deb Courtney

deb_courtney_writers_nightDeb 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.

Laura DiSilverio

disilverio-laura Laura DiSilverio is a retired Air Force intelligence officer and author of 15 books. The first in her Book Club Mysteries, THE READAHOLICS AND THE FALCON FIASCO, hit stores in 2015. Her standalone suspense novel, THE RECKONING STONES, debuted in September 2016. She is President of Sisters in Crime, pens articles for Writer’s Digest, and teaches writing in various fora. She plots murders and parents teens in Colorado, trying to keep the two tasks separate.

Todd Fahnestock

fahnestock-todd TODD FAHNESTOCK won the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age Award for one of his short stories and is the author of the YA bestseller Fairmist as well as The Wishing World. In 2006, Todd and Giles Carwyn wrote Heir of Autumn, Mistress of Winter and Queen of Oblivion, which hit the Denver Post bestseller list. Stories are his passion, but Todd’s greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. His latest novel, The Wishing World, began as a series of bedtime stories for his children.

JL Fields

fields-j-l JL Fields is a vegan lifestyle coach & educator, Food for Life instructor, personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant offering wellness training, brand representation, and strategic planning services. She is the author of VEGAN PRESSURE COOKING (Fair Winds Press, January 2015), co-author of VEGAN FOR HER: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet (Da Capo Lifelong Books, July 2013), contributor to Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology (Lantern Books, May 2014), writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette and is a food, health and wellness freelance writer. She is the founder and organizer of Colorado Springs Nonfiction Writers.

A devoted culinary student, JL has studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute and Organic Avenue, and completed the Intensive Study Program at The Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies. She is certified by – and on the faculty of – the Main Street Vegan Academy, is certified as a Food for Life Instructor by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and holds a Master of Science degree.

JL provides in-person vegan cooking services, lifestyle coaching and classes in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area as well as Skype and/or phone coaching throughout the U.S. and internationally. She provides career consulting for health and wellness coaches, chefs, and other professionals who want to develop their coaching practice. She is on the fitness faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Therese Francis

Therese Francis, RTRP/AFSP, has been doing taxes for creative people for over 25 years. She has two books coming out in late 2016; one on bookkeeping and taxes for traditional authors and one for self-published authors.



LS Hawker

hawker-lisaLS Hawker is the author of the thrillers THE DROWNING GAME and BODY AND BONE, published by HarperCollins Witness Impulse, with one more title to be released in 2017. She has won many awards, and THE DROWNING GAME is a USA Today bestseller and finalist in the International Thriller Writer Thriller Awards in the Best First Novel category.

Hawker grew up in suburban Denver, indulging her worrisome obsession with true-crime books, and writing stories about anthropomorphic fruit and juvenile delinquents. She wrote her first novel at 14.

Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” edited a trade magazine, and worked as a traveling Kmart portrait photographer, but never lost her passion for fiction writing.

Her extensive media background includes everything from public affairs director at a Denver radio station to video producer to website designer.

She’s got a hilarious, supportive husband, two brilliant daughters, and a massive music collection. She lives in Colorado but considers Kansas her spiritual homeland.

Visit LSHawker.com to view book trailers for THE DROWNING GAME and BODY AND BONE, listen to her podcast with daughter Chloe, The Lively Grind Cafe, and read about her adventures as a cocktail waitress, traveling Kmart portrait photographer, and witness to basement exorcisms.


Travis Heermann

heermann-travis Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of Death Wind, The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.

He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and zombies. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.

In 2016, he returned to the U.S. after living in New Zealand for a year with his family, toting more Middle Earth souvenirs and photos than is reasonable.

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger, podcaster and two-time Hugo Award winner. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter or Facebook feeds. He first attended a PPW event in 2012 and has been going back ever since. His Functional Nerds and SF Signal weekly podcasts have both been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, and his longer works are available via Amazon.com. He writes a twice monthly column for the Kirkus Reviews blog, is a regular contributor to SF Signal and Functional Nerds and maintains his own website and blog at atfmb.com.

Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin IkenberryKevin Ikenberry’s head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. Kevin has a diverse background in space and space science education. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama and a former executive of two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin continues to work with space every day. Kevin lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. His home is seldom a boring place.

Kevin’s science fiction and horror short fiction has appeared internationally through Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Mindflights, Twisted Dreams Magazine and several anthologies. His debut novel, SLEEPER PROTOCOL, was released in January 2016, followed by a military science fiction novel RUNS IN THE FAMILY.

Kevin is a member of Fiction Foundry, Pikes Peak Writers, and is an alumna of the Superstars Writing Seminar.

He can be found online at www.kevinkenberry.com.

Darby Karchut

Darby KarchutDarby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy writing for children, teens, and adults. Best thing ever: her YA series, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.

She is represented by Amanda Rutter at Red Sofa Literary.

Her recent releases include: FINN’S CHOICE (book 4 in her middle grade series, The Adventures of Finn McCullen), UNHOLY BLUE (the sequel to THE STAG LORD, an urban fantasy series), and STONE’S HEART(contemporary romance).

Visit her at: www.darbykarchut.com

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.

Stant Litore

An emerging voice in weird fiction, Stant Litore is the author of the series The Zombie Bible, which retells history (and the Bible) as a series of encounters with the restless dead, as well as The Ansible Stories, in which twenty-fifth century Islamic explorers become trapped in alien bodies on alien worlds. Litore has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in Weird Fiction Review and SF Signal. Litore recently released Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget, a handbook for young writers, and has been featured on the same topic in Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. Asked what he does for a living, Litore says, “I chronicle zombie apocalypses from 3,000 years ago and I build colosseums for tyrannosaurs.”

Stant Litore lives in Aurora, Colorado with his wife and two daughters, where he is working on his next novel.

Chris Mandeville

Chris MandevilleChris writes science fiction/fantasy and nonfiction for writers. She served as Pikes Peak Writers’ president for 5 years, and has taught writing workshops for more than 10 years. Her books include Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure and 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block. chrismandeville.com

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in anthologies and magazines, including Under the Bed, Devolution Z, and The Deep Dark Woods. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster.

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 www.jenniemarts.com 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 pammc.com or parkerblue.net.

MK Meredith

MK Meredith#1 Bestselling author MK Meredith writes both single title and novella length contemporary romance novels, promising an emotional ride on heated sheets. She’s had a lifelong love affair with peanut butter — the only two things coming close in the battle for her affections are gorgeous heels, and maybe Gerard Butler…or was it David Gandy? Who is she kidding? Her true loves are her husband and two children who have survived her SEA’s (spontaneous explosions of affection) and lived to tell the tale.

Barbara Nickless

nickless-barbaraBestselling author Barbara Nickless lives in Colorado where she loves to snowshoe, cave, hike and drink single malt Scotch—usually not at the same time. Her first novel, Blood on the Tracks, is the start of a new thriller series. Hank Phillippi Ryan calls the book ‘Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense,’ while Jeffery Deaver promises ‘… you’ll fall in love with one of the best characters to come along in modern thriller fiction, Sydney Rose Parnell.’

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.

Megan Rutter

Mummies, skeletons and corpses oh my. Megan Rutter started her professional life working as a forensic anthropologist and ancient historian. After years of teaching other professors’ classes and putting murdered children back together rather than working on her focus, ancient remains, Megan left the field to pursue a career as a writer. She now lives on a sustainable agriculture research farm with her husband, daughter and a menagerie of animals where she is a full time farmer, research assistant, mother and writer. Happily for Megan she can still fill her novels with mummies, skeletons and corpses.

David R. Slayton

slayton-davidDavid R. Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. He now lives in Denver, Colorado, and writes the books he always wanted to read: fantasy, epic, ya, but always diverse. He is represented by Lane Heymont of the Tobias Agency.

Robert Spiller

Besides being a master of space and time, Robert Spiller is the author of the Bonnie Pinkwater mystery series: The Witch of Agnesi, A Calculated Demise, Irrational Numbers, Radical Equations. and Napier’s Bones. His math teacher/sleuth uses mathematics and her knowledge of historic mathematicians to solve murders in the small Colorado town of East Plains. A retired mathematician, Robert lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Barbara.

Gregg Taylor

Gregg TaylorGregg Taylor is a writer, performer and podcaster. He has published novels, interactive children’s books, graphic novels and an absurd number of full-cast audio drama programs in the style of the golden age of radio. He is the Chief Bottle Washer of the Decoder Ring Theatre podcast and creator of The Red Panda, the masked protector of 1930s Toronto, and the detective series Black Jack Justice, and has won both the Podcast Award for Cultural/Arts Programming, and the Parsec Award, for excellence in Speculative Fiction podcasting. He is a great believer in the power of the spoken word.

Michael R. Underwood

underwood-michael-rMichael R. Underwood is the author of the Ree Reyes series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, Hexomancy), as well as Shield and Crocus, The Younger Gods, and Genrenauts, a genre-bending series of novellas. By day, he’s the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.

In years past, when his life was not scheduled around writing deadlines, he danced Argentine Tango and was an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, studying historical martial arts. Mike has worked at a hobby game store, a university Folklore archive, and has been a web design teacher, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and more.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife and their ever-growing library. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he makes pizzas from scratch and geeks out on comics & games. He is also a co-host on the Hugo Award-Finalist The Skiffy and Fanty Show and Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans. You can learn more at michaelrunderwood.com and talk to him on Twitter @MikeRUnderwood.

Lana Williams

Lana Williams is an Amazon bestselling author who writes historical romance filled with mystery, adventure, and a pinch of paranormal to stir things up. Filled with a love of books from an early age, Lana put pen to paper and decided happy endings were a must in any story she created.

Her latest series is The Seven Curses of London, set in Victorian times, and shares stories of men who attempt to battle the ills of London, and the ladies they fall in love with, who truly give them something worth fighting for.

Her first medieval trilogy is set in England and follows heroes seeking vengeance only to find love when they least expect it. The second trilogy begins on the Scottish border and follows the second generation of the de Bremont family.

The Secret Trilogy, which shares stories set in Victorian London, follows three lords injured in an electromagnetic experiment that went terribly wrong and the women who help heal them through the power of love.

She writes in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two growing sons, and two labs, and loves hearing from readers.

Lana loves hearing from readers! Stop by her website at www.lanawilliams.net and say hello!