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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, 2019
Feb 28, 2019

You’re not going to want to miss the RMFW day-long education event coming up in April in downtown Golden, Colorado.

But in case you’re on the fence we have Terri Benson this time on the podcast to answer questions and explain how it’s going to run.

The event is called Book in A Day and it's being held Saturday, April 13. Terri details the morning and afternoon sessions, including the many opportunities for pitch appointments. We also also catch up with how things are going with the Western Slope chapter of RMFW and get an update on Terri’s writing career as well.

A life-long writer, Terri Benson is traditionally and self-published with over a hundred articles and short stories published, many award winning. She is the Education Chair/Western Slope Liaison for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, an irregular blogger (in more ways than one), member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Terri spends her non-writing time working at a Business Incubator, camping, jeeping, and dirt biking with her husband of 40-plus years, and being bossed around by a Brittany spaniel named Tank.

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Feb 22, 2019

Way back in 2009, the book was called This Side of Crazy.

It was Mandy Mikulencak’s first attempt at writing a novel and it drew, in all, 96 rejections.

So Mandy turned to two other writing projects. First, was Burn Girl and then The Last Suppers, which came out in late 2017.

Now here comes a new version of that first story from 2009 only it has been given an overhaul and a brand new title: Forgiveness Road.

On the podcast, Mandy gives us a peek into what drew her to the story and setting, 1970’s Mississippi, and why she’s drawn to stories set in the Deep South.

Mandy, a Writer of the Year nominee last year, has been a writer her entire working life. First, as a journalist and then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency.

The shift into fiction had an unusual beginning at a writer’s retreat. At first, as a non-fiction writer, she didn’t think she wanted to add fiction to her daily schedule, too, but then discovered the freedom it offered.

Mandy is drawn to “real life" and "tough subjects” and likes stories that examine, in her words, the dichotomy of human spirit.

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Feb 7, 2019

Colleen Oakes says there were many points of inspiration for her novel The Black Coats.

In fact, she says, the came out of a “giant cauldron” of inspiration.

There was a vision in her head of a group of girls holding baseball bats, a black pea coat lying on the side of the road in Nebraska and Colleen’s fascination with vigilante justice.

At the time she first stirred the pot on this particular novel, however, Colleen was getting ready to write a new book an earlier series. She quickly put that book aside in favor of The Black Coats. As she puts it, The Black Coats “burst out of the chest” of her other works.

And now, three years after completing it and turning into her publisher, The Black Coats is being published this month – the official publication date in February 12.

Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including, in addition to The Black Coats, she has written The Queen of Hearts Series and three-book Wendy Darling Saga, among others.

She lives in North Denver with her husband and is currently at work on her third YA fairytale series, a YA contemporary thriller and a fantasy collaboration.

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Feb 3, 2019

Sandra Murphy says she has one goal when she’s recording an audio book - to tell the truth of what her authors have written.

In fact, Sandra brings many years of acting experience to her production process. It's an acting career that began at the ripe old age of two with a fairly dramatic moment.

Sandra is well versed in everything from managing companies of actors, overseeing budgets, organizing logistics, to being responsible for scores of people traversing the globe.

Sandra has found her true home as the Voice Mama™, expressing her creativity through voice over and audiobook narration.

Whether it’s a non-fiction title, challenging business women to
lead with power and confidence, or a murder mystery, leading the sleuth on the path to discover the killer, Sandra’s compelling narration fully envelopes the listener in the story.

On her time off, Sandra loves to spend time with her husband and daughters which often includes cooking amazing food, laughing hysterically, and dancing in the kitchen.

On those occasions when all production deadlines are met and her family well fed, you will find her just relaxing in the backyard on her hammock, book in hand.

Following the interview, the podcast includes a sample of Sandra’s work – a clip from Shawn McGuire’s Original Secrets.

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