Rocky Mountain Writer #100

Jeffrey Lockwood & Poisoned Justice 

Episode #100 of the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast comes down to three things: insects, noir and a preview of the upcoming workshop this weekend on bone forensics.

The guest is writer Jeff Lockwood, who earned a doctorate in entomology and who has worked for 15 years as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming.

But Jeff is also a writer and last year published his first crime novel Poisoned Justice featuring ex-cop turned pest exterminator C.V. Riley, who plies his trade in the very noir streets of 1970’s San Francisco.

Jeff has found a way to merge his work in science with his work in humanities. His second novel, Murder on the Fly, comes out later this year.

Jeff is one of two presenters, along with Dr. George Gill, at the upcoming workshop this weekend in Denver regarding bone forensics that is being co-sponsored by RMFW and Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America. Dr. Gill has studied bones and crime scenes, both new and old, around the world for many years. More about the workshop here.

Jeffrey Lockwood

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Rocky Mountain Writer #99

Kerry Schafer / Kerry Anne King & World Tree Girl, I Wish You Happy

We last checked in with Kerry Schafer way back in February of 2016 and she was on the phone from her home in Washington State.

This time, we’ve got her for in-person chat, recorded last week at Colorado Gold, RMFW’s big annual three-day writing conference in Denver.

We’re more than 18 months down the road since the last interview, but Kerry Schafer is as busy as she was back then, with two new titles – World Tree Girl by Kerry Schafer and I Wish You Happy by her alter-ego Kerry Anne King.

Kerry has also started working as a creativity coach and she is here to pass along a few tips, particularly around the attitude with which you approach your work.

Kerry Schafer holds a BA in English from York University and a master degree in counseling psychology from Washington State University. Kerry spends her days working as an RN in a clinic, spinning her tales early in the morning and in the evenings after work.

In addition to the chat with Kerry, we’ve got a new installment of Writer’s Rehab with Natasha Watts. This time, Natasha is here to encourage you to break out your “inner sadist” and try being a bit meaner to your main characters.

Kerry's website

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Rocky Mountain Writer #98

Peggy Waide & RMFW-U Online Classes

The guest on the podcast this time is the only person in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers with the title of “dean.”

Peggy Waide is the dean of RMFW University, an online learning program that is offering an increasingly rich series of classes.

In fact, there’s a class coming up in mid-September with Sharon Mignery titled "The Art and Craft of Building Great Conflict."

Classes this year have already covered writing the dreaded synopsis, writing effective flashbacks, writing winning contest entries, and turning your novel into a screenplay, among others.

A long-time member of RMFW, Peggy Waide entered her first Regency romance in the Colorado Gold Contest and the judging editor offered her a contract. Peggy published four titles with Leisure Books and is today shopping an amateur sleuth mystery and she’s wrapping up a contemporary romance.

Peggy has served as Vice-President, Pal Rep, Colorado Gold Conference Chair as well as presented workshops at Colorado Gold conference and Romance Writers of America.

RMFW-U Online Classes

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Rocky Mountain Writer #97

2017 Writer of the Year Panel - Live from The Tattered Cover

We did this in 2015 and 2016 and here it is again—the live taping from the panel with the finalists and winners for the Writer of the Year and the Independent Writer of the Year.

This event was taped on Wednesday, August 23 at the Tattered Cover on East Colfax.

The moderators are 2016 Writer of the Year Mark Stevens (also your podcast host) and 2016 Independent Writer of the Year Lisa Manifold.

The panelists are Wendy Terrien, 2017 Independent Writer of the Year; Shannon Baker, 2017 Writer of the Year; IWOTY finalists Bernadette Marie and Stephanie Reisner; and WOTY finalist Colleen Oakes.

Unfortunately. Writer of the Year finalist Robin Owens, was unable to attend.

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Rocky Mountain Writer #96

Kate Jonuska & Transference

When she finished writing her novel “Transference,” Kate Jonuska came to a fork in a road and, as Yogi Berra once said, she took it.

The question was how to publish? Traditional? Or independent?

Kate was surprised that her views on the choice had changed and it was a choice she said was informed by her time in RMFW.

A Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers member since 2014, Kate Jonuska is a writer and author based in Boulder, Colorado.

Kate has a decade of experience writing features for top-notch regional publications, including the Denver Post, the Boulder Daily Camera, the (Colorado Springs) Gazette and Boulder Magazine. Kate's short fiction was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize.

Transference is Kate’s first published novel. It features a professionally ruined and morally bankrupt psychiatrist named Derek Verbenk and a superpowered new patient who turns his life upside down—and his soul inside out.

Romping through Denver, breaking through barriers of privacy, social isolation and even politics, Transference, is an odd-couple quest toward redemption full of wicked humor and radical honesty.

Kate Jonuska's website

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Rocky Mountain Writer #95

Alice Kober - 2017 Honored Guiding Member

Two years ago, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers started a new tradition of recognizing Honored Guiding Members, those individuals who have significantly contributed to the success of the organization over the years. Honorees are selected for their talent and abilities, as well as the leadership they've shown.

This year, it’s Alice Kober.

Alice Kober has been a member of RMFW for over 20 years.

She has volunteered for numerous jobs, including Conference Chair and RMFW President. She was given the Jasmine Award in 2005 to honor the long-term service of individuals to the organization.

On the podcast, Alice reflects on her early years with RMFW and also give us a sneak peek about the workshop she’ll be giving at this year’s conference, about the importance of book covers.

Alice should know. She currently works for the Arapahoe Library District, where she buys both print and e-book fiction for one of the best library districts around.

Local writers please note – Alice particularly loves buying books by Colorado authors.

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Rocky Mountain Writer #94

Curtis Craddock & An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors

Many times on the podcast we’ve had examples of patience and hard work, and this chat with Curtis Craddock is proof again of the notion that you just need to keep writing and keep getting better.

It also doesn't hurt to attend Colorado Gold. Again, we’ve had stories in the past about chance meetings at the conference and again a very random encounter put Curtis Craddock together with the right editor and that informal meeting led to the publication, later this month, of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors, the first book in a series.

Kirkus has already raved and the Washington Post picked Curtis’ debut as one of the top three science fiction and fantasy books of the month.

Curtis Craddock was born in the wrong century and quite possibly on the wrong planet. He should have been born in a world where gallant heroes regularly vanquish dire and despicable foes, where friendship, romance, wit, and courage are the foundations of culture and civilization, and where adventure beckons from every shadow.

Instead, he was born on Earth and lives in a world bounded by bureaucracy, hemmed in by cynicism, and governed by the dull necessity of earning a wage. An exile in this world, he is a biographer of friends he’s never met, a chronicler of events that never happened, and a cartographer of places that never were.

Given that the mundane world supplies a dearth of oddly progressive kingdoms to be saved, he spends his time saving cats, dogs, and the occasional bird of prey. By day, he teaches Computer Information Systems classes to offenders at a correctional facility. By night, he puts on his writer’s cap, the broad-brimmed one with a feather, and, into the prison walls of reality, etches defiant words of legend.

Curtis Craddock's website

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Rocky Mountain Writer #93

Fleur Bradley & The Double Vision Trilogy

This interview with Fleur Bradley, a.k.a. F.T. Bradley, was recorded one day before the news circulated that all spots at RMFW's Colorado Gold Conference in September are now taken.

If you’re going to the conference, this chat with Fleur will give you a taste of the three workshops she is presenting—one each day at the three day conference. One about marketing your works, one that will provide an overview of the children’s fiction market, and one about the advantages of using plot points as you write.

Fleur also chats about her Double Vision trilogy, a middle-grade spy adventure that Library Journal calls “"a must-read for mystery fans, including reluctant readers.”

Fleur Bradley is the author of numerous short crime stories, and she manages a freelance writing career along with various other writing projects in the works.

She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two daughters, and entirely too many cats.

Fleur Bradley's website

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Rocky Mountain Writer #92

Heather Webb & Deep Revision

"Deep Revision - Making the Good Even Better" is the title of a master class being taught by Heather Webb at the RMFW Colorado Gold conference in September.

On the podcast, Heather talks about the topics she’ll cover in those four hours of in-depth learning.

Heather also gives us a peek at books she has coming out later this year and early next. The first is an epistolary love story she co-wrote with Hazel Gaynor called Last Christmas in Paris. The second is a re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera called The Phantom’s Apprentice.

Heather Webb is the author of historical novels Becoming Josephine and Rodin’s Lover, which have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, France Magazine, and many more. Rodin’s Lover was a Goodreads Top Pick in 2015. To date, Heather’s novels have sold in ten countries. She is also a professional freelance editor, foodie, and travel fiend.

Heather's website.

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Rocky Mountain Writer #91

Corinne O'Flynn & Ghosts of Witches Past

Corinne O’Flynn is the unflappable conference chair for RMFW’s big three day conference, Colorado Gold, coming right up in early September.

But of course, she is also a writer of fantasy and mystery.

So this time on the podcast we have a dual-purpose interview, to catch up with Corinne’s writing and find out about the new features and some of the guests arriving from all over the country and, in fact, world for Colorado Gold.

Corrine’s latest book is the start of a series and it’s called Ghosts of Witches Past. Corinne tells us what inspired the story and talks about building and managing a large email list. She also reveals her approach writing, which boils down to one simple goal--taking the reader for a ride.

Corinne O’Flynn is the USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and mystery books. She's the author of The Expatriates fantasy-adventure series, Witches of Tower Hill paranormal suspense series featuring the award-winning Ghosts of Witches Past, the Aumahnee Prophecy urban fantasy series, which she co-writes with Lisa Manifold, and the Half Moon Girls murder-mystery series. She is also a publisher with Wicked Ink Books, whose titles include the award-winning TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time and their latest release, OFF BEAT: Nine Spins on Song.

Corinne is a native New Yorker living in Colorado who wouldn’t trade life in the Rockies for anything. She is a self-proclaimed scone aficionado, a professional napper, and she has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea.

When not writing, she can be found hanging with her husband and their four kids, playing board games, knitting, reading, or binge watching some fabulous shows (while sipping tea)

Corinne O'Flynn's website.

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For suggestions about content or to comment on the show, email Mark Stevens. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

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