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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, 2019
Aug 31, 2019

What if you had a husband and wife who each suspected the other of murder?

That simple plot idea into Drowning With Others, the second novel from the writing team of Linda Hull and Keir Graff, officially launching on October 1.

Drowning with Others is focused on the lives of prep school sweethearts Ian and Andi Copeland, now all grown up with successful businesses, a beautiful house in St. Louis, and a daughter who is following in their footsteps by attending prestigious Glenlake Academy.

Linda Joffe Hull Linda writes in different genres with a focus on the hidden dangers of suburban life. Her debut novel, The Big Bang, was published by Tyrus Books in 2013. She is also the author of romantic comedies Frog Kisses and Over the Moon and the Mrs. Frugalicious Mystery Series, which includes Eternally 21, Black Thursday, and Sweetheart Deal.

Keir Graff is the author of three middle-grade novels, including the The Phantom Tower, a fantasy/adventure that was named one of the Best Children’s Books of 2018 by the Chicago Tribune. His previous book, The Matchstick Castle, was an official Illinois Reads 2018 selection.

Keir was also co-editor of the crime-fiction anthology Montana Noir, one of Parade‘s “Books We Love.”

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Aug 24, 2019

After a fourteen-year break since her last book, Stephanie returns with a new novel coming out next month.

A Perfect Eye is a mystery-thriller set in and around the Denver Art Museum featuring painting conservator Lily Sparks.

On the podcast, Stephanie Kane talks about the reasons she took the hiatus, what drew her back, and why it’s not a bad idea to step away and get some perspective on the business and craft of writing.

Stephanie Kane is a lawyer and award-winning author. Born in Brooklyn, she came to Colorado as a freshman at CU. She owned and ran a karate studio in Boulder and is a second-degree black belt.

After graduating from law school, she was a corporate partner at a top Denver law firm before becoming a criminal defense attorney. She has lectured on money laundering and white collar crime, and she's given workshops throughout the country on writing technique. She lives in Denver with her husband and two black cats.

Extreme Indifference and Seeds Of Doubt were both Colorado Authors League Awards winners and Extreme Indifference also won the Colorado Book Award for Best Mystery.

More awards may be on the way. Kirkus Reviews has already called A Perfect Eye “a truly classic thriller.”

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Aug 17, 2019

The first novel from Mark Pleiss is called April Warnings and it’s a series of interconnected stories set in and around Baxter County in Nebraska as a twister bears down.

The narratives are connected by the Midwestern ritual of going into an underground tornado shelter, the disappearance of a young boy, and a growing mythology about aliens and cultists near the railroad tracks of the Callahan Ranch.

On the podcast, Mark Pleiss talks about his Ph.D. dissertation in Spanish Literature, his long-time love for writing, his own strange fascination with dark weather, the pros and cons of writing linked stories, and the advantages of working with a small publisher

Mark Pleiss worked as a freelance journalist for The Omaha World-Herald and The Des Moines Register before completing the aforementioned doctorate in Spanish Literature and teaching at St. Olaf College, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Metro State University Denver.

Mark Pleiss’s writing has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Colorado Review, Pop Matters, The Omaha Pulp, Sequel, Fine Lines, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Denver Post, and The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. 

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Aug 11, 2019

Chuck Greaves new novel, The Church of the Graveyard Saints, is a literary mystery with a love triangle and an eco-thriller finish and it’s also the first novel Chuck has written that’s set in and around his adopted hometown of Cortez, Colorado.

Chuck tells the remarkable story about getting noticed in the publishing world for the first time and talks about the two sides of his writing life—one writing the Jack MacTaggart series of legal mysteries, set in Los Angeles, and his work as C. Joseph Greaves, producing more literary works.

Both halves of his output and have drawn considerable attention. Hush Money, the first installment in the MacTaggart series, won the SouthWest Writers’ International Writing Contest and was named a finalist for numerous national honors including the Lefty Award from Left-Coast Crime, the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Reviews.

Chuck’s first literary entry, Hard Twisted, was called a “taut and intriguing thriller” by the London Sunday Times and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in Fiction. His third MacTaggart novel, The Last Heir, was a finalist for the 2015 Colorado Book Award for Best Mystery, while his fifth novel Tom & Lucky was named by the Wall Street Journal to its year-end list of the “Best Books of 2015.” The Church of the Graveyard Saints launches in September.

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