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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: July, 2019
Jul 30, 2019

So you’ve finished a draft of your novel and you’re ready to submit to agents and editors. You’ve checked it, you’ve read it. A few friends said it’s good to go.

Not so fast.

Susan Smith has just the class for you—a special extended class at Colorado GOLD, one of the Friday morning “intensives” and it’s called “Hands on Honing.” (Colorado GOLD is Sept. 6 - 8.)

As Susan puts it, we all need to learn to be able to see our work from outside ourselves.

Susan Smith is also this year’s Honored Guiding Member at the Colorado Gold conference—so it’s a double opportunity learn from an expert in the editing field and someone who has been around the organization for many years. Susan not only wrote the book, Conan The Grammarian, she is an experienced judge of published and unpublished fiction.

Susan Mackay Smith has been a member of RMFW for many years, serving as contest chair, anthology editor, and president. She is traditionally published in fantasy under the pen name, Mackay Wood, occasionally works as a free-lance book doctor, a longtime judge of the Colorado Gold contest and a judge of the Colorado Book Awards as well.

Writers who head to the class should be prepared to dig into the “nitty gritty” details, as she puts it, of how to polish and how to edit and how to make sure you’re story is really ready to go.

Can we learn to self-edit? Susan Smith says yes.

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Jul 21, 2019

Among the special guests at this year's Colorado Gold conference is Sara Dahmen, whose is heading to Denver from Wisconsin to teach a master class called “All the Secrets – An In-Depth Guide on Book to Film.”

On the podcast, Sara talks about her Flats Junction historical fiction series, which has already been opted for multiple feature films and is in production.

To say the least, Sara’s world is unique.

In addition to writing, she is a metalsmith of vintage and modern cookware and manufactures pure metal kitchenware in her garage in Port Washington. Sara has published over 100 articles as a contributing editor, has written for "Edible" and "Root + Bone," among others, and spoke at TEDx Rapid City. Her non-fiction book on cookware, FLAME, is due out in Spring 2020 (William Morrow/Harper Collins).

When not sewing authentic clothing for 1830’s reenactments, she can be found hitting tin and copper at her apprenticeship with a master smith, reading the Economist, and spending time with her husband and three children.

We chatted with Sara as she sat on the shores of Lake Michigan keeping an eye on those three children.

Sara Dahmen's website

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Jul 13, 2019

As Anne Hillerman describes it, she was shaking in her boots when she first set about writing new mysteries featuring the iconic characters Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn—characters created by her father, Tony Hillerman, and the lead protagonists in 18 award-winning novels.

But Anne Hillerman brought her own approach to the series and, with the release of The Tale Teller this spring, has added five new entries to the series set in and around the Navajo Nation.

On the podcast, Anne, who will be a keynote speaker at the Colorado Gold conference in September, talks about her decision to add female protagonist Bernadette Manuelito to the Chee-Leaphorn mix and about her approach to research and storytelling.

Anne Hillerman grew up in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, the eldest of the family’s six children. She received a journalism degree from the University of New Mexico and worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist before becoming a full-time author.

Anne’s debut novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter won the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for the Best First Novel of 2013.

Her next three titles - Rock with Wings, Song of the Lion, and Cave of Bones - were all New York Times best sellers.

Anne also is the author of the award-winning Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, created with husband/photographer Don Strel, and honored as the best photo book of the year by the Mountains and Plains Booksellers.

Anne Hillerman's website

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Jul 7, 2019

Writers, John Gilstrap thinks you should cut yourself a bit of slack.

Let the story flow. Get comfortable in your own writer’s skin. Stop copying the style of other writers.

Sure, learn the so-called rules, but don’t let them hold you back.

Gilstrap, one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 edition of RMFW’s big, annual three-day Colorado Gold conference, coming up in September, thinks are writers are “beaten down” by the rules and that they need to kick back and let the joy come through on the page.

On the podcast, John also talks about his very unusual start in the thriller-writing business and about his latest novel, Total Mayhem, released last month.

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling and Thriller Award-winning author of Final Target, Friendly Fire, Nick of Time, Against All Enemies and many more including, way back when, the rocket-to-stardom title Nathan's Run.

John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He will write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom.

A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior.

John Gilstrap's website

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