Rocky Mountain Writer #37

J.L. Abramo & Brooklyn Justice

 

J. L. Abramo was born in the seaside paradise of Brooklyn, New York on Raymond Chandler’s fifty-ninth birthday.

His seventh novel was just published and it's set in the town where he was born. Brooklyn Justice is a series of interconnected stories featuring private eye Nick Ventura.

Abramo is the author of Catching Water in a Net, winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Award for Best First Private Eye Novel; and the subsequent Jake Diamond private eye mysteries Clutching at Straws, Counting to Infinity and Circling the Runway.

Gravesend, Abramo’s acclaimed stand-alone crime thriller from Down & Out Books, was released in September 2012. Chasing Charlie Chan, a prequel to the Jake Diamond private eye series, was released in 2013.

On the podcast, following the interview, Joe also reads an excerpt from his latest work.

Joe Abramo

Down & Out Books

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Rocky Mountain Writer #36

Colorado Gold Contest Prep

 

This episode is a live recording from workshop held Saturday, March 12 in Denver at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library.

The workshop was designed as a primer for the annual Colorado Gold Contest, which opens April 1.

The workshop was hosted by contest co-chair Pam Nowak and veteran contest winner Kevin Wolf.

This live recording runs just about an hour. As Pam makes clear, many questions about the contest and how it’s run are easily found under the "contest" tab elsewhere on website. On this recording, Pam and Kevin emphasize some key tips that should help you get your manuscript in contest-ready shape.

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Rocky Mountain Writer #35

Marc Graham & Of Ashes and Dust

 

The guest this time is Marc Graham--an actor, singer, bard, engineer, Freemason, and whisky aficionado. And writer. Graham just sold Of Ashes and Dust, his first historical novel, to Five Star. Graham talks about the long journey to publication, his approach to researching historical fiction, his writing process and the chance meeting that led to a publication contract.

This podcast includes Marc reading the prologue to Of Ashes and Dust.

Marc Graham

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Rocky Mountain Writer #34

Wendy Terrien & The Rampart Guards

 

Wendy Terrien has been writing stories since she was in grade school. Her debut novel The Rampart Guards, which received a starred review from Kirkus, is the first in her urban fantasy series.

Inspired by an episode of the television show "Bones" that suspected a killer to be a fabled chupacabra, Wendy was fascinated and dove into research about cryptozoology - the study of animals that may or may not exist, or cryptids. Pouring over stories, videos and photographs of creatures others had seen all over the world, Wendy developed her own story to share with middle grade, young adult and grown-up readers.

This episode includes Wendy's reading of the first chapter of The Rampart Guards.

Wendy Terrien

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Rocky Mountain Writer #33

Gwen Florio & Disgraced

 
The guest is Gwen Florio, author of the mystery series featuring reporter Lola Wicks, who first appeared in the novels Montana and Dakota.

Lola is back in the brand new Disgraced and Florio stops by to talk about the third installment as well as the intersecting worlds of non-fiction and fiction when it comes to journalism.

Florio talks about her writing process, about capturing small town life in Wyoming, about the importance of journalism—in real life and in fiction.

Gwen Florio

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Rocky Mountain Writer #32

Colorado Gold - Workshop Proposal Prep

 

This is a live recording from the February 13 workshop held in Denver with Suzie Brooks, Pamela Nowak and Wendy Howard. The workshop was organized to offer suggestions, ideas and advice for those submitting proposals to present at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' three-day Colorado Gold conference in September.

2016 Colorado Gold Conference

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Rocky Mountain Writer #31

Judith Briles - The Book Shepherd

 
Judith Briles, a.k.a. The Book Shepherd, is a strong advocate for taking the "indy" route to publishing. She has decades of experience all over the publishing landscape and this episode provides a sampler of the topics she can discuss in depth including editing, marketing, networking and figuring out the best publishing option for you.

The Book Shepherd

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The Book Shepherd Radio Show

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Rocky Mountain Writer #30

Jack Marshall Maness & Filling the Gaps in Historical Fiction

 
On Saturday, Feb. 6, Jack Marshall Maness delivered a presentation titled "Filling the Gaps in Historical Fiction." The talk was given at the Bear Valley Branch Library in Denver to a packed room. Maness, the winner of the 2015 Colorado Book Award for best historical fiction for his novel Song of the Jayhawk, talked about his research process and how he finds the space between fact and imagination to move his stories forward. Song of the Jayhawk focused on pre-Civil War Kansas and so will the follow-up, due soon.

Jack Marshall Maness

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Rocky Mountain Writer #29

Kerry Schafer & Dead Before Dying

 
Kerry Schafer writes fantasy with its teeth sunk into reality. She also writes mystery that delves into the paranormal and women’s fiction that embraces the dark and twisty realms of humanity.

On this podcast, we chat with Kerry Schafer about Dead Before Dying, coming out in early February, and Closer Home, written under the name Kerry Anne King and due next month, in March. Kerry talks about a host of topics including dream worlds, grief, the pros and cons of Kickstarter and the benefits of writing under two names.

Kerry Schafer

Diversion Books-Dead Before Dying

Closer Home

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Rocky Mountain Writer #28

J.D. Dudycha & Sitting Dead Red

 

The podcast today is with J.D. Dudycha, who has ten years of experience in baseball at the collegiate level. He retired from the sport shortly after the birth of his son. Since his retirement, he developed a love for writing, an outlet he so desperately needed in the absence of playing the game.

His first novel, Paint The Black was published last summer on Amazon and his second, Sitting Dead Red, comes out in February just as pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report for Spring Training.

Jon Dudycha

Deb Hall

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