Rocky Mountain Writer #24

Kevin Wolf - Winning The Tony Hillerman Prize

After years of entering and frequently winning writing contests at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's annual Colorado Gold contest, Colorado writer Kevin Wolf entered and won the Tony Hillerman Prize for his novel, The Homeplace. The win means the novel will be published by St. Martin's Press next fall. On the podcast, Kevin talks about his writing process, provides a glimpse of the storyline for The Homeplace, chats about the writing approach he calls storytelling, and describes what how it feels to be working with a major publishing house after so many years of "almost." Kevin Wolf is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Crested Butte Writers. He hones his work at regular meetings of the Southwest Critique group. He lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife of forty years and their two beagles.

Show Notes:

Kevin Wolf

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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.

Host Mark Stevens: http://www.writermarkstevens.com

Rocky Mountain Writer #23

Margaret Mizushima - Killing Trail

First-time author Margaret Mizushima, whose debut mystery Killing Trail launches on Dec. 8 (2015), talks about her path to publication and how she developed a police dog, Robo, as a major character. She also talks about a key moment at the Colorado Gold conference where she opted for patience—a moment that led to a key pitch and a book contract. After earning a master’s degree in speech pathology, Margaret practiced in a hospital and her own rehabilitation agency, and now she assists her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. Her short story “Hay Hook” was published in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology Crossing Colfax. Killing Trail earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.

Show Notes:

Margaret Mizushima

Crooked Lane Books

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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.

Host Mark Stevens: http://www.writermarkstevens.com

Margaret Mizsushima

Crooked Lane Books

This Podcast is Your Podcast

This is a simple note of thanks – it’s the season – for the podcast support to date.

Guests, thanks for participating.

Listeners, thanks for your patience. (I know the audio has not been NPR-perfect.)

To one guest in particular (I’m looking at you, Ken Kirchner) thanks for re-recording the entire episode when the recorder decided to, well, not record.

Yes, that’s patience.

The podcast has included book cover designers, Colorado Gold keynote speakers, up and coming writers, experienced novelists, sci-fi writers, erotica writers, romance writers, mystery writers, historical fiction writers, reps at literary agencies, indie writers, publishers and the 2015 Colorado Writer of the Year, Susan Spann. (She's snuck on there several times!)

How do you take advantage of the podcast opportunity? Simple – drop me a line and schedule an interview. The only real criteria is that the conversation must in some way connect to RMFW.

Got a book coming up? Drop me a line.

Got a workshop or other related event? Drop me a line.

Do you have a question about your work in progress or would you like to “ask an expert?” Drop me a line and we might record a conversation with an expert for the benefit of all.

If you’re not a “podcast person,” well, I understand.

(That’s a lie; I don’t.)

You really should give podcasts a whirl—I have found them to be stimulating, informative, and a great way to surround yourself with people who think about writing (or reading) during those times when you aren’t writing or reading.

Now, I’m a believer in honest, legitimate reviews. I think ‘AstroTurf’ reviews are obvious—and, of course, meaningless.

But if you’ve listened to the RMFW podcast, please consider heading over to iTunes (the podcast provider that counts the most) and leave a rating and/or a review.

That little step would be a big help in improving our “numbers” in that all-important visibility game on the iTunes algorithm. Again, legit comments only, please.

1. Go to iTunes store on your computer.
2. Go to podcasts
3. Enter Rocky Mountain Writer
4. Click on our icon (square image) until it looks like the accompanying image.
5. Click on ‘ratings and reviews.’
6. Do your thing!

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All feedback, in fact, is welcome. Really.

If anyone else out there with RMFW would like to record interviews and participate in podcast production, well….

Drop me a line!

podcast@rmfw.org.

Thank you....

Rocky Mountain Writer #22

Linda Joffe Hull - From The Big Bang to The Mrs. Frugalicious Mystery Series

Linda Joffe Hull is the author of two standalone novels, The Big Bang (Tyrus Books) and Frog Kisses (Literary Wanderlust). She has also written three books in the Mrs. Frugalicious Mystery series, published by Midnight Ink. That series features bargain hunter and sleuth, Maddie Michaels: Eternally 21 (2013, Midnight Ink), Black Thursday (2014, Midnight Ink), and the newly released Sweetheart Deal (2015, Midnight Ink). Linda currently serves on the national board of Mystery Writers of America. She is a longtime member and former president of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and was the 2013 RMFW Writer of the Year.

Show Notes:

Linda Joffe Hull

Midnight Ink

Literary Wanderlust

Tyrus Books

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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.

Host Mark Stevens: http://www.writermarkstevens.com

Rocky Mountain Writer #21

Angie Hodapp - Inside the Nelson Literary Agency

The guest on this episode of Rocky Mountain Writer Angie Hodapp, who takes us behind the scenes of Nelson Literary Agency. Angie Hodapp holds a bachelor's degree in English and secondary education and a master's in English and communication development. She is a graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver and has taught courses on the craft and business of writing at Writer’s Digest University, Lighthouse Writers Workshop and various writing conferences, including RMFW’s Colorado Gold. She has worked in publishing, in one form or another, for fifteen years.
Show Notes:

Nelson Literary Agency

NLA Digital

Code Named Verity - Elizabeth Wein

Alex Bledsoe

Denver Publishing Institute

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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.

Host Mark Stevens: http://www.writermarkstevens.com

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast #20

Margo Christie - Dressing Up and Baring All

The guest on this episode of Rocky Mountain Writer is author, performance artist and educator Margo Christie. Margo is on a mission to blur the lines between high- and low-brow art. Her debut novel, "THESE DAYS, A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip," won a second prize in Amazon's 2012 Breakthrough Novel Award and was labeled "as original as it is addictive" by Publisher's Weekly. A 16-year resident of Denver, she's now semi-retired in Tampa Florida, where she's working on a second novel, tentatively titled "Memory Motel," and a collection of travel-inspired essays.

On the podcast, Margo chats about the writing ideas and concepts behind her workshop, "Dressing Up and Baring All."

Show Notes:

Margo Christie

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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.

Host Mark Stevens: http://www.writermarkstevens.com

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast #19

Joshua Viola & Hex Publishers

Joshua Viola—author, artist, and video game developer—is the guest. In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen literary awards, Josh is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of Celldweller. He’s also the editor of the horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, and has published Bram Stoker, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writers. He lives in Denver, Colorado where he is chief editor of Hex Publishers.

Show Notes:

Hex Publishers

Trailer for Nightmares Unhinged

On Twitter: @hexpublishers

Josh Viola on Facebook

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

Host Mark Stevens 

 

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast #18

Pamela Nowak

Current Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers president Pamela Nowak is the guest. Pam recently released her fourth historical romance, Escaping Yesterday. Recently, one of Pam’s titles was named as one of the best 101 romances of the past ten years by BookList. On the podcast, Pam talks about her love of research, her reaction to the BookList pick, and also chats about the rewards of getting involved in RMFW.

Show Notes:

Pamela Nowak

On Twitter: @ReadPamelaNowak

On Facebook

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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.

Host Mark Stevens: http://www.writermarkstevens.com

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast-Episode # 17

Chris Goff

Longtime Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers member Chris Goff, a.k.a. Christine Goff, is the guest. Chris was there in the early days of RMFW and just published her first international thriller, Dark Waters. Chris talks about making the switch in styles and genres and reports on her trip to Ukraine for the next thriller. She talks about the power of networking, the importance of learning the craft, and the early days of RMFW.

Show Notes:

Chris Goff: www.christinegoff.com

On Twitter: @christinegoff

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorchristinegoff

 

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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.

Host Mark Stevens: http://www.writermarkstevens.com

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast–Episode #16

Ken Kirchner, a.k.a. Kendrick E. Knight, and his approach to Indy Publishing

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' own Ken Kirchner has discovered solid success as an independent writer, publishing e-books only on Amazon. The former U.S. Air Force weapons system officer talks about the two series of books he's writing and the one stand-alone novel that has outperformed all the others.  He also talks about the steps that led him to the "Indy" route and offers a few tips for those thinking about diving in. Hint: one tip is consider getting help from RMFW.

Show Notes:

Kendrick E. Knight's Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Kendrick-E.-Knight/e/B00M7MC1V0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1443877185&sr=8-1

 

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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.

Host Mark Stevens: http://www.writermarkstevens.com