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Dec 7, 2019


Jennifer Kincheloe is a research scientist and writer of historical mysteries. Her novels take place in 1900's Los Angeles among the police matrons of the LAPD combining mystery, history, humor, and romance.

Jennifer’s novels have been finalists in the Lefty Awards, the Macavity Awards, the Colorado Author's League Awards, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and she has won the Mystery and Mayhem Award and the Colorado Gold.

Jennifer grew up in Southern California, but has traveled to such places as Greenland, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and Papua New Guinea. She’s been a a nurse's aid, a fragrance model, and she has worked on the research faculty at UCLA, where I spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy

Jennifer’s latest book in the Anna Blanc mystery series is The Body in Griffith Park.

Stay tuned after the interview for a sample from the audio book, just released this month.

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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.

Laura's website

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Oct 28, 2019

Teresa Funke embodies the modern artist/entrepreneur. She is the owner of Teresa Funke & Company, Victory House Press, and Bursts of Brilliance. She is the award-winning author of seven novels for adults and children based on true stories from WWII, and the author of the brand new book, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life—the subject of this podcast.

Teresa has 28 years of experience as an entrepreneur and community catalyst. Her innovative programs and boundary-pushing talks challenge her audiences to change their view of how life and business should be led.

Visit Teresa's You Tube channel to watch her popular writing videos or to check out her playlist, "Great Ideas Giveaway," in which Teresa shares business ideas for artists and creatives that they can take and use in their own models.

Teresa also served as co-host for the World Positive Thinkers on-line radio show and the on-screen host of the video series, The Write Series.

Teresa believes strongly in supporting local and national non-profits devoted to supporting youth, education, and the arts.

Teresa's website

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Oct 21, 2019

Laurence MacNaughton is back with the fourth installment in his urban fantasy series what one reviewer called “demon fueled romantic comedies.”

The latest Dru Jasper novel is called Forever and A Doomsday and it just launched this month, the latest entry in a series that began with It Happened One Doomsday and continued with A Kiss Before Doomsday, and No Sleep ‘Til Doomsday.

In Forever and a Doomsday. insidious spirits from beyond the grave try to get their clutches on the apocalypse scroll and Dru Jasper and her misfit friends are the only hope for stopping doomsday. Crystal shop owner and up-and-coming sorceress Dru Jasper is the unwilling guardian of the apocalypse scroll, an ancient instrument of destruction held in check by the last of seven wax seals. If the forces of darkness manage to break the final seal, the world will come to a fiery end. It's up to Dru to keep the scroll safe. No pressure or anything.

On the podcast, Laurence talks about the inspirations for his cast of characters, including the memorable muscle car known as Hellbringer, and talks about the process of having a plan for your novel while being open to new ideas as you begin to write.

Laurence talks about—well, avoids talking about—an unrelated secret project he recently completed—and how he managed juggling both.

But, wait there’s more – this podcast also includes Laurence reading the first few pages of Forever and a Doomsday.

Laurence's website

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Oct 14, 2019

In her new novel Every Thing You Are, Kerry Anne King says the two halves of her writing life got a chance to work together.

Kerry’s other self is, in fact, her original self—Kerry Schafer—and there’s a “smidge,” she says, of Kerry Schafer (murder, magic and mayhem) in the new the novel by Kerry Anne King.

Are you tracking?

Kerry Anne King is here to sort things out. She also talks about the challenge of turning in the first draft of Every Thing You Are only to hear her editor say that readers would not be happy, particularly in the wake of publishing the enormously successful Whisper Me This.

Booklist has already called Every Thing You Are a haunting and lyrical novel about the promises we make and the forgiveness we need when we break them.

One tragic twist of fate destroyed Braden Healey’s hands, his musical career, and his family. Now, unable to play, adrift in an alcoholic daze, and with only fragmented memories of his past, Braden wants desperately to escape the darkness of the last eleven years. Braden returns home, hoping to forge a relationship with his troubled seventeen-year-old daughter, Allie. But how can he hope to rescue her from the curse that seems to shadow his family?

Kerry Schafer writes fantasy with its teeth sunk into reality, mystery that delves into the paranormal, and (as Kerry Anne King) bestselling women’s fiction that embraces the dark and twisty realms of humanity.

As you’ll hear, she is also a speaker and writing coach, working with writers to help them discover and trust their best creative process. For Kerry, that meant applying some of her own cures to her own process—and diving in for the rewrite.

Kerry Anne King's website

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Oct 7, 2019

Charles Kowalski is making a dramatic switch in his writing, from contemporary political thrillers to middle grade fantasy set in 17th century Japan.

Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts, published by Excalibur Books in Japan, where Charles lives today, was launched in August to terrific reviews.

Simon Grey hoped that a long sea voyage would provide some relief from his "gift" of seeing ghosts everywhere on land. Instead, he finds that his ability draws him into the shadowy world of yokai, the spirits and monsters that roam Japan by night. Together with the mysterious Oyuki, daughter of an English sailor-turned-samurai, Simon must earn the yokai's trust and help, while staying one step ahead of the Shogun's guards and an evil sorcerer determined to discover the "secret" of Simon's powers.

On the podcast, Charles talks about what inspired his decision to write middle grade fiction and tells us about the work and research that went into his setting and characters. Charles, who attended the Colorado Gold conference in September and who presented a workshop on the secrets of writing suspense and he gives us a quick overview of his approach.

Charles Kowalski's website

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Sep 30, 2019

We’ve got writer and editor Anita Mumm on the podcast this time for a sneak peek of her free October workshop—A Feast for the Senses, Writing Fiction Readers Can Taste.

That workshop is Oct. 12, Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. in Denver.

Anita says the workshop is geared to help writers notice the world in a different way and to work on the small building blocks that come together to make a rich world for your story.

In addition to chatting about the power of good sensory writing, Anita also talks about her busy writing and editing life. Her projects include two very different collaborative book projects with fellow RMFW member and fellow writing teacher Stuart Horwitz and a fascinating ghostwriting opportunity, too. Anita also talks about making the move from Denver down to the much smaller mountain community of Salida, and how that change affected all her work.

Anita Mumm is an independent developmental editor and writing teacher. She works with authors at all stages of their career, from first-time novelists to international bestsellers.

Anita Mumm's website

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Sep 20, 2019

Marc Graham is in the middle of a busy book-launching year. Last Spring, Graham’s second novel Song of Songs, a novel about the Queen of Sheba, was published by Blank Slate Press and in a few short weeks Graham takes us to the age of the Visigoths with Son of the Sea, Daughter of the Sun, also from Blank Slate Press.

Kirkus Reviews called Song of Songs “ingeniously conjured” and Foreward Reviews has already praised Son of the Sea for its “stunning” world building and its “epic” scope.

On the podcast, Graham talks about the sparks for his historical fiction and what drew him to these very different stories and very different cultures. He also discusses the delicate business of straying from historical fact in order to make the narrative work. And if you’re having trouble staying motivated with your daily progress with writing, Graham’s insights on habits and routines might be just the thing you need.

Marc Graham has been a storyteller most of his life, beginning with music and theatre in his early years—and moving on to what he calls “really atrocious” attempts at science fiction in his early teens.

In addition to the novels being published this year, Marc Graham is also the author of the Civil War-era Of Ashes and Dust, published in 2017, and he’s working on a non-fiction book on writing, Runes for Writers, due early in 2020.

Marc Graham's website

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Sep 10, 2019

The podcast this time is a live recording of two speeches given Saturday, Sept. 7 at the annual three-day Colorado Gold conference.

The first speech is by Writer of the Year Margaret Mizushima and the second by Independent Writer of the Year Stephanie Reisner.

The speeches were given in the ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver with about 400 or so writers and friends listening.

Margaret Mizushima is introduced by last year’s Writer of the Year, Gwen Florio.

And Stephanie Reisner is introduced by last year’s Independent Writer of the Year, Corinne O’Flynn.

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.”

Linda's website

Keir's website

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.”

Stephanie’s website

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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. 

Mark's website

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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.

Chuck's website

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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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Jun 25, 2019

Claire L. Fishback, who enjoys scaring readers more than a little, is having a busy year. In March, she released LUMP: A Collection of Short Stories, some 51 tales in all. Among those is “Remembra,” the story she published as part of the RMFW short story anthology FOUND.

And this month she is releasing The Blood of Seven, a novel that has been in the making for eleven long years.

As she recounts on the podcast, all this started in sixth grade, when Claire wrote scary stories to defy a teacher she didn’t like, yet that teacher told her to keep writing.

In the Blood of Seven, Detective Ann Logan sees a shimmering vision of a young girl. She tries to dismiss it as a trick of mountain light, but she can’t dismiss the arcane symbol that rose like a brand on her chest and burns with life when the vision becomes reality. Then townspeople begin to disappear, and Ann’s investigation plunges her into an eternal war between two secret societies -- one serving the malevolent designs of a mysterious deity and the other trying to keep them at bay.

Do not let the blond hair and blue eyes fool you into thinking she might be a romance writer. Claire L. Fishback loves the “shock value” of a good tale of horror or suspense.

Claire Fishback's website

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Jun 9, 2019

And now for something completely different. And funny.

Feeling a little down? Feeling a little blue or stressed out?

This interview with Rebecca Rowley just might cure a few ills.

Rebecca is here with her new book, How To Be Funny and Make People Fat, a cozy comedy memoir featuring recipes and vignettes about how one humorist's mother influenced her comedic, culinary, and life skills in and out of the kitchen.

She’s also here to preview her new anthology of stories, due out later this month – The 27-Hour Day.

Rebecca "R.J." Rowley is a joker of all trades who captures life’s absurdities on the page and keeps them there until the proper authorities arrive. A Colorado native, she is the author of cozy-comedy memoirs, humorous fiction, and satirical guides to life.

Outside of her library of books, other publications include satirical articles, short works of fiction, and random acts of poetry.


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Jun 6, 2019

What do stalkers, erotica, and the Russian mob have in common? That’s right--today’s interview with Stephanie Reisner. Aside from the flashy stuff, we also talk about the nuts and bolts of making a living as a writer, and how Stephanie manages her various pen names.

Stephanie Reisner makes her living as a full-time writer and publisher and is published both traditionally and independently. With four pen names, she has over and 30 nonfiction books and 18 published novels in various genres to her credit. She also runs Darkerwood Publishing Group, a micro-press that publishes six additional authors under two successful imprints, DB
Publishing (non-fiction) and Midnight Fantasy Press (erotic romance fiction).

Stephanie has been a member of RMFW since the early 1990s. She is both a PAL and an IPAL member and was an IWOTY Finalist in 2017 and has again been nominated in 2019.

Beyond her writing life, Stephanie is an acclaimed esoteric teacher, a plant wrangler, and a cat herder. She enjoys super-hero movies, collecting edged weapons, reading graphic novels, watching horror films, hiking, and yoga. She lives along the front range with her husband and three pampered house cats.

Stephanie's website.

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May 31, 2019

It started with a novel called Tongue-Tied, her first Harlequin Temptation title in September of 1984.

Now, for Kay Bergstrom, it’s 87 books later – not including two 2 audio plays and 2 screenplay treatments and some short stories.

Kay, who is one of three Writer of the Year finalists this year for RMFW and who also writes under the name Cassie Miles, has been on best-seller lists including USA TODAY,

Bergstrom has considered retirement, but once you hear this interview you’ll know she has far too many story ideas to stop now.

As Kay puts it, she can look at the window and get an idea.

On the podcast, Kay talks about the early days of RMFW, the power of critique groups, and encourages RMFW members to reach each other’s works.

Kay Bergstrom, in short, is making a comeback. It could be that 87 books is just the start.

 

It started with a novel called Tongue-Tied, her first Harlequin Temptation title in September of 1984.

Now, for Kay Bergstrom, it’s 87 books later – not including two 2 audio plays and 2 screenplay treatments and some short stories.

Kay, who is one of three Writer of the Year finalists this year for RMFW and who also writes under the name Cassie Miles, has been on best-seller lists including USA TODAY,

Bergstrom has considered retirement, but once you hear this interview you’ll know she has far too many story ideas to stop now.

As Kay puts it, she can look at the window and get an idea.

On the podcast, Kay talks about the early days of RMFW, the power of critique groups, and encourages RMFW members to reach each other’s works.

Kay Bergstrom, in short, is making a comeback. It could be that 87 books is just the start.

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May 13, 2019

The guest is Scott Graham, who is launching the first entry in his National Park Mystery Series next month. The new book is called Arches Enemy and it’s set in Utah, not too far from Scott’s home in southwest Colorado.

The series features archaeologist Chuck Bender and Chuck’s wife, paramedic Janelle Ortega. The series, published by Torrey House Press, has already visited four other national parks in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and California.

In addition to the National Park Mystery series, Scott is the author of five nonfiction books, including Extreme Kids, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.

Scott is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, river rafting, skiing, and mountaineering. He lives in Durango with his wife, an emergency physician.

Scott has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, radio disk jockey, and coal-shoveling fireman on the steam-powered Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Scott Graham's website

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May 6, 2019

Amazon bestselling author Lori (L.A.) Johnson—one of three Independent Writer of the Year nominees for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers--writes humorous sci-fi and urban fantasy including the Neon Octopus Overlord Series, Neon Octopus Ally Series, and the Shadow Slayer Series.

In fact, the Shadow Slayer Series is launching this month.

Lori also has participated in several bestselling humorous sci-fi anthologies. She has always been fascinated by stories in all of their forms and has a journalism degree from the University of Florida with a minor in Film.

Lori has volunteered at RMFW Gold Conference for years working the registration desk, helping with the bookstore, and stuffing conference bags.

As she recounts on the podcast, it was at a recent Colorado Gold conference when Lori made a key decision about her writing career.

L.A. Johnson's website 

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