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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Rocky Mountain Writer #90

Mario Acevedo & University of Doom

Writer Mario Acevedo has written what he considers to be his favorite book.

It’s called University of Doom and it’s a young-adult thriller from Hex Publishers.

On the podcast, Mario talks about the fairly wild premise of University of Doom, featuring thirteen-year-old Alfonso Frankenstein and his father Eugino.

Mario also fills us in on what he calls a re-boot of the Felix Gomez series, and all of his other editing, writing and other artistic endeavors, too, including painting.

Mario’s latest Felix Gomez vampire-detective novel is Rescue From Planet Pleasure. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies including Nightmares Unhinged and CyberWorld. Mario's novel Good Money Gone, co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won a best novel 2014 International Latino Book Award.

Mario edited the 2016 RMFW short story anthology, Found, which went on to win a Colorado Book Award this year.

Mario serves on the writing faculty of Regis University and Lighthouse Writers Workshops.

Mario's website.

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Rocky Mountain Writer #89

Peter Eichstaedt & Borderland

Peter Eichstaedt has written non-fiction books based on his reporting all over the world, from Kosovo to Armenia, Afghanistan and Uganda (among other stops).

He also published a book called The Dangerous Divide: Peril and Promise on the US-Mexico Border and that title won the 2015 International Latino Book Award for Best in Current Affairs.

It might not come as much of a surprise, then, that Peter’s first novel is a thriller called Borderland and it’s set on the US-Mexico Border, among other locations.

Borderland, published in March by Wild Blue Press, features reporter Kyle Dawson.  On the podcast, Peter tells us about his first novel and making the switch from covering stories to making them up.

Peter Eichstaedt's website.

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Rocky Mountain Writer #88

Denise Vega - Writing for Teens and Toddlers

An interview with award-winning Denise Vega, who writes for teens and toddlers.

Denise talks about what inspired her to write for young adults, how she keeps current with the world of teenagers, and how she draws from her own high school experience for the right emotional connections.

Denise is the award-winning author of seven books including Click Here, Access Denied, Fact of Life #31, and Rock On. Her picture books include her latest: If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed.

Both Click Here and Fact of Life #31 won the Colorado Book Award; Rock On was a finalist.

Denise is a former Co-Regional Advisor of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI and she’s on the faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She is also a Young Adult Faculty Mentor for the Regis University MFA Creative Writing program.

Denise Vega's website.

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Rocky Mountain Writer #87

Laurence MacNaughton & A Kiss Before Doomsday

We check back in with Laurence MacNaughton, whose new urban fantasy A Kiss Before Doomsday is set to launch in a few short weeks, just about a year after he debuted his new series with It Happened One Doomsday.

We are back with Dru Jasper and her crystal shop and her magical powers and sorcerers and major problems trying to stop, yes, another impending apocalypse.

Laurence Macnaughton grew up in Connecticut and sold his first magazine story at age 19. Over the years, he’s been a bookseller, typesetter, printer, copywriter and a prototype vehicle test driver.

Following the Q & A, Laurence reads the opening scene from A Kiss Before Doomsday.

Laurence MacNaughton's website

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Rocky Mountain Writer #86

Shannon Lawrence & Deconstructing Horror

What makes a story qualify as horror?

If you ask Shannon Lawrence that basic question, be prepared for some thoughtful analysis.

The genre, she will tell you, extends beyond jump scares and slashers.

Shannon recaps the recent free workshop she gave for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in Denver and explores one her favorite topics, the world and definition of writing horror. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t always involve gore or extreme violence.

On the podcast, Shannon also offers some tips about finding short story markets and how to keep track of where your stories you have submitted.

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 Once Upon a Scream, Dark Moon Digest, 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.

Find Shannon Lawrence at her website, The Warrior Muse.

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