Rachel Craft writes middle grade, young adult, and speculative fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Cricket magazine and the RMFW anthology Found, and she's working on a middle grade novel. When she isn't writing, she spends her time doing yoga, gardening, scrapbooking, and walking her Jack Russell terrier. You can read more about her on her website.
Terri Benson, after eons of writing, has one published novel, award-winning short stories, and over a hundred articles – many award-winning – in local and regional magazines and online e-zines. She is a multi-year member of RMFW and RWA. She currently promotes Western Slope events for the RMFW Publicity Committee, pelts RMFW with articles for the newsletter, and randomly blogs. Her historical romance, An Unsinkable Love, a truly Titanic love story with plenty of suspense, was originally published with Lyrical. It is currently available from Amazon in both e-book and paperback. For more about Terri, visit her webpage.
Susan Brooks holds a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University and is editor-in-chief at Literary Wanderlust, a small traditional press located in Denver. She is the co-chairperson for RMFW’s annual Colorado Gold conference, which is three days in September of intensive fiction workshops for writers of all levels, and she has been an RMFW board member since 2009. Her paranormal romance, A Trick of the Light, is scheduled for publication on July 1, 2018.
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Jason Evans always wanted to be a writer, he just didn’t know it. He grew up in Southern California and taught high school social studies after college until he got married and moved to Denver in 2004. He continued in education until he realized his heart was in fiction. Since 2012, Jason has published several short stories, run an online magazine, and become a regular panelist at local conventions. He blogs regularly on his own website, in addition to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. He earned a master’s in history in 2012 and is married to the fetching Mrs. Evans, his spouse, best friend and tax preparer.
Mary Gillgannon writes romance novels set in the dark ages, medieval and English Regency time periods and fantasy and historical novels with Celtic influences. Her books have been published in Russia, China, the Netherlands, and Germany. Raised in the Midwest, she now lives in Wyoming and works at a public library, where she has the enviable task of purchasing adult fiction. She is married and has two grown children. When not working or writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and reading, of course! For more about Mary, visit her website and blog.
A Colorado native, Rainey Hall (writing as L. Treloar) has been an RMFW member since 2012 and is happy to belong to one of the best critique groups ever: The 93rd Street Irregulars. She has self-published The Frozen Moose, a short story available on Barnes and Noble in e-book. In her spare time, she enjoys organizing anything from closets to military family retreats to rodeos and parades. Along with teaching her cat to retrieve, she volunteers at church and The Horse Protection League. With an Associate degree in Applied Science/Land Surveying, she learned she far prefers words over math.
Jax Hunter is known for her heartwarming 5-book military romance series: True Heroes. She is currently writing an American Revolutionary War novel. Recently, she has ventured out to write journals: climbing trackers, motivational journals and bible study journals. She teaches a wide variety of writing courses, both online and in person and travels the state telling the stories of April 19, 1775. She also is the owner of a health and wellness business. Whew. What does she do for fun? Well, she’s a huge hockey fan. She has a fancy embroidery machine and she’ll embroider anything that will fit in the hoop. And she collects really old books. She lives in the high mountains of Colorado with own true hero and the two pups that rule the house. For more about Jax, please visit her website.
J.A. (Julie) Kazimer is a writer living in Denver, CO. When she isn't looking for the perfect place to hide the bodies, she spends her time surrounded by cats with attitude and a little pup named Killer. Other hobbies include murdering houseplants. She spent a few years spilling drinks on people as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator before transitioning to the moniker of WRITER. For more about Julie, visit her website.
Janet Lane is an Amazon Bestselling Author and lives in the Denver area with her husband. Her historical romance novels, published in hardback by Five Star and in e-book by Dreaming Tree Publishing, have won several awards. She is working on the fourth novel in her Coin Forest series, and her women’s fiction novels were published in 2015. For more about Janet, visit her website and blog.
Nathan Lowell has been writing science fiction and fantasy since 2007. He started growing his audience with podcast fiction and has produced more than 150 hours of finished audio. He just celebrated the fifth anniversary of his (somewhat) daily podcast, Talking On My Morning Walk, having completed over 1000 circuits of the same two-mile loop. He's been a full-time novelist since 2012. He's having too much fun to stop.
Conference co-chair Pamela Nowak is passionate about the American West, those who lived there, relationships, and the interweaving of fact and fiction. She's a former RMFW Writer of the Year, and her western romance novels have won the WILLA Finalist Award, the Colorado Book Award, the HOLT Medallion, and HOLT Awards of Merit. She is currently working on a historical women’s fiction project. Pam has served on the RMFW board in several capacities and chaired the Colorado Gold conference three times prior to her 2018 conference co-chair role. In addition, she works with two publishing houses providing manuscript reviews and editorial services.
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Susan Spann is a transactional attorney and former law school professor whose practice focuses on publishing law and business. Claws of the Cat, her debut Shinobi Mystery featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori, released in 2013 from Minotaur Books. Her clients range from publishing houses to authors, app and game developers, and nonprofit entities, and she founded the #PubLaw Twitter hashtag, where she offers legal and business tips for authors and publishers. For more about Susan, visit her website.
Mark Stevens was raised in Massachusetts. He’s been a Coloradoan since 1980. He’s a former print reporter, national news television producer, and school district communicator. He now works as an independent communications consultant. He has published two Colorado-based mysteries, Antler Dust (2007) and Buried by the Roan (2011), a Colorado Book Awards Finalist. The third book in the Allison Coil Mystery Series is complete and awaiting a publication announcement. For more about Mark, visit his website.
Patricia Stoltey is the author of two amateur sleuth mysteries published by Five Star/Cengage in hardcover and Harlequin Worldwide mass market paperbacks. The Prairie Grass Murders and The Desert Hedge Murders are now available for Kindle and Nook. Her standalone suspense novel from Five Star, Dead Wrong, was a finalist in the thriller category for the 2015 Colorado Book Awards. Her historical novel Wishing Caswell Dead is scheduled for release November 2017 from Five Star's Frontier Fiction line. For more about Patricia and her books, visit her website and blog
First published as a teenager, Kevin Paul Tracy has been writing fiction and non-fiction since he could read. He has contributed short fiction to numerous anthologies, magazines, and digests and even wrote an English-language editorial for a prominent Japanese magazine for nearly four years. Most recently he has published a wonderfully entertaining espionage thriller, Rogue Agenda, and a startling and engrossing gothic thriller, Bloodflow. He currently lives in Vail, Colorado with two very charismatic St. Bernards. For more about Kevin, visit his website.