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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: August, 2018
Aug 28, 2018

The first short story Maggie Smith ever wrote, "The Devil You Know," is being published in the brand new short story anthology, False Faces, from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

Maggie is also giving a workshop next month at Colorado Gold—How to Get the Most out of A Developmental Edit. 

In addition, Maggie has a novel or two in the works and she is also the host of a new podcast that includes interviews with first-time novelists. The podcast is called "Hear Us Roar" and it’s produced for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

Maggie is a former journalism major, Ph.D. psychologist, and entrepreneur who heads a nationally-known art consulting firm. Her household includes a husband and two college-age offspring.

Maggie is also proof that you don’t need to live in the Rocky Mountains to be an active participant in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Maggie makes her home in Wisconsin.

Maggie Smith's website

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Aug 24, 2018

Liz Roadifer writes in two completely different worlds.

One work is dark thrillers. The other is romantic fantasy.

It’s the romantic fantasy that’s making news. Liz recently learned that The Trouble With Fairies won a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award in a major contest sponsored by First Coast Romance Writers.

As you’ll hear, it took a fair amount of persistence and working through dashed hopes to reach the point where she has a major national award on her shelf.

Besides writing novels, Liz Roadifer is a poet, columnist, and teacher. Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Liz attended the University of Wyoming and fell in love with the wide-open sky, the high plains, and the friendly laid-back people of Wyoming.

You can catch Liz at Rocky Mountain Gold in September when she will be teaching a workshop on the Fifteen Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes.

Liz Roadifer's website

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Aug 17, 2018

Recorded live at The Tattered Cover on Tuesday, August 14—the annual panel for the finalists for Independent Writer of the Year and Writer of the Year, this year moderated by current Independent Writer of the Year Wendy Terrien.  Panelists included Sue Duff, Corinne O’Flynn, Bernadette Marie, Gwen Florio and Curtis Craddock. Mandy Mickulencek was not in attendance, alas.  Corinne is the Independent Writer of the Year and Gwen is the Writer of the Year—both will be recognized at Colorado Gold next month. 

And, thank you, Tattered Cover!

Aug 15, 2018

Linda Hull is the author of the Mrs. Frugalicious Mystery Series, a couple of romance novels, and The Big Bang – a book that Library Journal called a fun, sexy suburban soap opera with a touch of mystery. Linda, who lives in Denver, is a former Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer Writer of the Year.

Keir Graff is the Chicago-based author of several middle grade novels and he also writes crime and suspense fiction for adults. He is the co-editor, along with James Grady, of MONTANA NOIR, a short story anthology published by Akashic Books that generated an Edgar-award nominated story. By day, Keir is the executive editor of Booklist Publications.

Six years ago, Linda Hull and Keir Graff started working on a collaborative writing project set in the world of swingers.

After years of work, The Swing of Things publishes later this month Lake Union.

The book, under the combined author name Linda Keir, is a unique blend of suspense, graphic sex, and mystery. As one reviewer already put it, “In the case of The Swing of Things, there is no such thing as 'too much', only more. Please.”

Linda Joffe Hull's website

Keir Graff's website

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Aug 9, 2018

For decades, Jeanne Winer was a successful criminal defense attorney based in Boulder. Over 35 years she represented thousands of individuals and her cases have included murder and kidnapping and a death row case. 

Jeanne Winer also played a key role in a landmark civil rights case that worked its way all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

All along the way, Jeanne harbored a dream to write fiction. 

In 2012, Jeanne published her first novel The Furthest City Light through Bella Books and now, six years later Jeanne’s second novel, Her Kind of Case, is being published by Bancroft Books. In fact, it comes out next week (Aug. 15) and Jeanne has two upcoming launch events—one in her home town of Boulder and one in Denver.

Her Kind of Case has already drawn starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus and Library Journal. Longtime best-selling mystery writer Stephanie Kane called it “an entertaining story with an immense heart.”

As you will hear, Jeanne is humble, under-stated, and has it all in perspective.

Jeanne Winer's website

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