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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: March, 2019
Mar 25, 2019

Charles McNamara says the idea for his first novel had been percolating in his mind since the 1980’s. That book, Ineke’s Mitten is the story of Nels Torkle, the Nazi occupation of his Norwegian hometown, and the famous assault on Riva Ridge in World War II.

Now, Charlie is getting ready to release his second novel, Fiddler’s Lament, later this year.

On the podcast, Charlie talks about that initial idea that sparked Ineke’s Mitten, how he researched so many far-flung settings, and about the value of bringing his work to an RMFW critique group. 

After four years in the Army, Charlie McNamara went to work in the publishing industry, first as a journalist, then marketing copywriter and later as a publisher.

He was the publisher of Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine and owned the Mountain Commuter, a monthly news magazine serving the residents of Evergreen, Colorado.

In 2012, Charlie started an online interview magazine called Tributary. In 2014, he published a book of those interviews entitled Shining Light, Revealing Conversations with Dedicated People.

Charles McNamara's website

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Mar 14, 2019

If there has ever been a reason to declare "Breaking News" around Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, this might be it.

For more than 20 years now, editor Otto Penzler has been publishing a volume called the Best American Mystery Stories. As part of that process, he reads some 500 short stories and passes along the best 50 to a guest editor. That guest editor then chooses the top 20 to be published.

This year, the guest editor is Jonathan Lethem and out of the 20 stories to be published two were selected from RMFW’s "False Faces" short story anthology, which came out last year.

The two writers are Anne Macdonald (“That Donnelly Crowd") and Suzanne Proulx ("If You Say So"). 

On the podcast, we chat with False Faces editors Angie Hodapp and Warren Hammond and then with each of the two writers—whose work will go national later this year. 

As if that’s not enough great news for False Faces, the anthology was also named this week as a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. Yes, more Breaking News.

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Mar 10, 2019

Low Country Blood is the second book in Sue Hinkin’s Vega & Middleton Mystery Series and it launches in a few short weeks, on April 1.

The new story focuses on Los Angeles TV journalist Beatrice Middleton, who has lost her job. With a possible employment offer in Atlanta, she heads home to Savannah to reconnect with her contentious African-American family, arriving to find that her 15-year-old nephew has been murdered.

This begins the unraveling of a cloak of family secrets surrounding another devastating crime, one that shattered Bea's world when she was a teen.

Low Country Blood, follows the launch last year of Deadly Focus. Both titles drew rave reviews from Kirkus and the next two books in the series are ready to go.

A native of Chicago, Sue headed to Minnesota and majored in art at St. Olaf College, She completed graduate work in Michigan before hightailing it to warmer climes.

Sue was cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and was one of the first camerawomen in the news business. She also spent a number of years working in the NBC-TV Art Department.

On the podcast, Sue Hinkin talks about researching the novel in Savannah and also about the challenges she has encountered along the way, particularly in featuring an African-American as her protagonist.

Sue Hinkin's website

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Mar 7, 2019

This week we interviewed editor, writer, and all-around interesting guy James Persichetti. We discuss his recent career move from managing foreign rights at a literary agency; the difference between all the many types of editing; and the best tactics for making your novel stand out to agents, editors, and readers.

James Persichetti is a freelance developmental editor for a wide variety of genres and the founder of Lost Hat Editorial Services. Prior to editing, James worked for over three years with Nelson Literary Agency, reading submissions and selling foreign rights. In his free time, he writes fiction, practices various languages, and is on a quest to find the perfect flour-to-egg ratio for fresh pasta.

James Persichetti's website

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