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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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May 28, 2018

Dacia M. Arnold is an author of adult dystopian and dark fiction. She enjoys writing main characters who are otherwise normal people with extraordinary abilities.


Dacia is also a ten-year Army veteran who served two tours of combat as a medic. She didn’t start writing fiction, in fact, until a few years ago.


However, she wrote what she wanted to read and first novel was a winner—it drew attention in unfinished form through an online platform and it’s now set for publication from Immortal Works Press later this year.

Apparent Power follows a mother on a journey to find her son in a race against a rising, post-apocalyptic government.

As a debut author, Dacia Arnold says she feels a bit like a bull politely shopping in a china shop. In other words, she feels like she doesn’t belong.

But even as a relatively new writer, Dacia has thought about the guilt that comes from not writing and on the podcast we run down her tips for getting over the feeling that you aren’t writing enough.

Dacia Arnold's website

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May 21, 2018

Writer of the Year nominee Mandy Mikulencak lives outside Durango but grew up in Texas.

She has set one published novel, The Last Suppers, in Louisiana and the next one, due out next year, is set in Mississippi.

Her first book was a gritty young adult novel set in Durango called Burn Girl, a title that was honored with a 2016 Westchester Fiction Award.

Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life. First, as a journalist and then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency.

The shift into fiction had an unusual beginning at a writer’s retreat. At first, as a non-fiction writer, she didn’t think she wanted to add fiction to her daily schedule, too, but then discovered the freedom it offered.

Mandy is drawn to “real life" and "tough subjects” and likes stories that examine, in her words, the dichotomy of human spirit.

She is drawn to characters with multiple dimensions, secrets, and characters who are “fairly broken.”

Mandy's website

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May 14, 2018

Brian M. Taylor is a 41-year-old writer who lives outside of Denver. As he puts it in his official bio, Brian has spent his life learning new skills in order to tell better stories.

Brian’s first novel was released in 2016 and today he has three novels under his belt with many more to come.

Brian writes science fiction and fantasy and the over-arching title for his series is 12 Blackened Petals. In Brian’s own words, it’s a “large, epic story.”

What’s unique about Brian’s work is that in addition to the books, he also produces the stories as audio books and podcasts—complete with dramatic, high-quality sound effects.

All this from a guy who started out as an artist and thought, if anything, that the story would be a graphic novel. Turns it, it’s a book and, in fact, a series.

On the podcast, Brian talks about his books and the work that goes into producing them in this multi-faceted manner. 

Stay tuned after the interview for a sample of the audio version of 12 Blackened Petals.

Brian's website

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May 9, 2018

Writer of the Year finalist Gwen Florio, interviewed by Natasha Watts, talks about her writing influences, the differences and similarities between journalism and writing fiction, her most recent mystery releases and her novel Silent Hearts, set to release in July.

Gwen Florio grew up in 250-year-old brick farmhouse on a wildlife refuge in Delaware, with a sweeping view across a mile of tidemarsh to the waters of the Delaware Bay. She majored in English at the University of Delaware, largely as an excuse to read as many books as possible, until her father urged her to take a journalism course. A thirty-plus year career followed, taking her around the country and to more than a dozen countries, including several conflict zones.

Florio has received prose grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and writing residencies in Wyoming, Washington state, and Mexico. Her first novel, Montana, won the inaugural Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction, and a High Plains Book Award, both in the debut category. The fifth in the series, Under the Shadows, was released in March 2018.

Florio lives in Montana with her partner, Scott, and an exuberant bird dog named Nell. She works a day job as city editor for the Missoulian newspaper.

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