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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: November, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Dan Grant is the bestselling thriller writer of The Singularity Witness and, more recently, Thirteen Across. He loves intriguing tales that weave science, medicine, technology, or history into the fabric of the drama.

Dan is a licensed professional engineer with degrees from Northern Arizona University: a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and masters in English with an emphasis in creative writing. His engineering work has provided opportunities to work with a variety of medical and technological applications. As a storyteller, he strives to make learning about science/medicine/tech fun—playing on conspiracies—and writing thrillers is a great way to do that.

Thirteen Across received Distinguished Favorite recognition from the New York City Big Book Awards. “Sizzles with revelations, double crossings, and seemingly shifting alliances,” said Kirkus Reviews and “unreservedly recommended” said Midwest Book Review.

Dan lives in Colorado and is working on his next science/medical thriller The Singularity Transfer.

Dan's website 

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Nov 18, 2019

Susan Spann is the award-winning author of the Hiro Hattori mystery novels, featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo. The latest in the series, BGhost of the Bamboo Road, was published this month.

Susan began reading precociously and voraciously from her preschool days in Santa Monica, California, and as a child read everything from National Geographic to Agatha Christie. In high school, she once turned a short-story assignment into a full-length fantasy novel (which, fortunately, will never see the light of day).

A yearning to experience different cultures sent Susan to Tufts University in Boston, where she immersed herself in the history and culture of China and Japan. After earning an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, Susan diverted to law school. She returned to California to practice law, where her continuing love of books has led her to specialize in intellectual property, business and publishing contracts.

Susan’s interest in Japanese history, martial arts, and mystery inspired her to write the Shinobi Mystery series featuring Hiro Hattori, a sixteenth-century ninja who brings murderers to justice with the help of Father Mateo, a Portuguese Jesuit priest.

Susan Spann is also the author of Climb, a non-fiction account of climbing 100 summits in Japan that will be published next summer.

Susan Spann's website

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Nov 4, 2019

Laura VanArendonk Baugh was born at a very early age and never looked back. She overcame childhood deficiencies of having been born without teeth and unable to walk, and in time she became a behavior analyst, an internationally-recognized animal trainer, a costumer/cosplayer, a chocolate addict, and of course a writer. Now she is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, mystery, and non-fiction.

Laura's works have earned numerous accolades, including 3-star (the highest possible) ratings on Tangent‘s “Recommended Reading” list and a Realm Award, as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination and other awards.

Laura has been writing for fun and profit since elementary school, and she credits this hobby with keeping her off the streets and out of worse trouble. This month, she’s participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) yet again and that’s the main subject of this conversation. 

Laura also owns Canines In Action, Inc. where she particularly enjoys working with crazy, over-the-top dogs and arousal/aggression cases. She is also a faculty member of the highly-regarded Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior and is certified in TAGteach for human behavior. Laura speaks professionally on a variety of topics throughout the year, sessions often filling months in advance.

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