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Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Interviews with members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and those involved in RMFW conferences, workshops and other writing-related events. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction.
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Now displaying: February, 2018
Feb 25, 2018

This coming Saturday—March 3—the Colorado Book Festival descends on the downtown Denver Public Library with over 100 authors and a whole day of talks and panels and writers with their books on hand to sale.

The day is organized by the Colorado Authors League but there is good representation from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, including Chris Goff moderating a panel at 2 p.m. It’s called Why Mysteries Are Popular During Fraught Times and her panelists include Carter Wilson and Manuel Ramos.

We’ve got Chris on the podcast to give us a sneak peak about that very topic. She also talks about the tough situation she’s currently in with her writing career—she’d rather keep going with her new series of international thrillers but her publisher is encouraging another direction.

Chris Goff is the award-winning author of six mystery novels and two international thrillers. The bestselling Birdwatcher's Mystery series was nominated for two WILLA Literary Awards and a Colorado Author's League Award. Her debut thriller, Dark Waters is set in Tel Aviv amid the Israel-Palestine conflict and was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award, a Colorado Authors’ League Award and the Anthony Award for Best Crime Audiobook. Her most recent release, Red Sky, is set in Ukraine and Asia where DSS Agent Raisa Jordan tests the boundaries of diplomacy as she races to prevent the start of a new Cold War.

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Chris Goff's website

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Feb 20, 2018

Award winning writer and WritingStrides coach Alissa Johnson is the guest. Alissa recently presented to the Western Slope group in Grand Junction and she will give RMFW's free monthly talk in March, "Writing Reset: Setting Achievable Goals." (Her workshop is Saturday, March 17 in Denver.) 

 

On the podcast, Alissa talks with guest interviewer Natasha Watts  about her WritingStrides community and how to balance creativity with your career. Ever wish you could hit the reset button for your writing? Perhaps return to the energy and enthusiasm you felt at the start of the year or create a fresh start? You can. 

Alissa Johnson is a nationally published and award winning writer whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Masters Review, Wilderness News, and Dirt Rag Magazine among other publications. She was associate editor at the Crested Butte News until 2017, and her writing has won awards from the Colorado Press Association and FundsforWriters. She holds an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University.

Alissa Johnson's website

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Feb 16, 2018

Mike Houtz just signed a deal with Wild Rose Press to publish his first novel, Dark Spiral Down.

The deal wouldn’t have happened had Mike not signed up for one of the key features at every Colorado Gold conference—to pitch to the many agents and editors who fly into Denver every September for the express purpose of meeting new talent.

One thing to led another and Mike signed the deal with Wild Rose Press just a couple of weeks ago.

After a career in medicine, Mike Houtz succumbed to the call to hang up his stethoscope and pursue his other passion as a writer of fast-paced thrillers.

A rabid fan of authors such as Tom Clancy, Brad Taylor, Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, Mike loves series writing with strong characters, fast pacing and international locations.

When not at the keyboard, he can be found on the firing range, coaching youth sports, or trying out the latest dry-fly pattern on a gold medal trout stream.

Mike lives with his wife and two young sons at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver.

Mike Houtz' website 

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Feb 9, 2018

In the words of Pamela Nowak, there are “tough decisions” ahead.

That’s because she and her committee will receive three times as many proposals for workshops at Colorado Gold than she has room to book.

Yes, planning for the 2018 edition of September’s Colorado Gold conference is well underway and that includes determining the topics and presenters for the 70 or so hours of programming that is being selected and organized.

On the podcast, Pam takes us behind the scenes of the process and offers some tips and suggestions how you might put yourself in a good position to be given a slot. You may have a “cute idea,” as she puts it, but you’ll need to give that proposal some real meat.

Pam Nowak, who is co-chairing the 2018 conference with Suzie Brooks, is a former and longtime chair of the conference herself and she is also a past president of RMFW.

And, as you’ll hear, she’s also a dedicated and award-winning writer and she is currently working in a new genre, as you will hear.

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Feb 2, 2018

On Saturday February 17, Jason Evans is leading RMFW’s free monthly workshop and if you have trouble developing and writing your bad guy, this session might be just what you need.

The program is about writing memorable villains and on the podcast we’ve got Jason Evans here for a preview of what he’s going to cover—and exactly how he’ll inspire you to get it right.

Your villain, Jason says, needs to be a “fun house mirror” version of your hero and “great villainy” grows from true pain.

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.

Jason continued in education until he realized his heart was in fiction. Since 2012 Jason has had several short stories published, ran an online magazine, and became a regular panelist at local conventions. He blogs regularly on his own website and Writers from the Peak, in addition to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

This Spring the WhimsyCon Anthology will be published, giving Jason his first credit as an editor. Jason earned a masters in history in 2012 and, as you’ll find out on the podcast, also has a bit of major news about his publishing career that was announced just this week.

Jason Evans' website.

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