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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: June, 2018
Jun 30, 2018

Eragon. Eldest. Brisingr. Inheritance.

Those four titles should ring a bell, specifically the name of writer Christopher Paolini.

Christopher, with 35 million books in print, is one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 edition of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold conference and we’ve got him on the podcast for a sneak peek of his themes and messages.

For those who don’t know, Christopher was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. In its first edition, it was a book published by his family in 2001.

Two years later, the book was scooped up by a major publisher and it was an instant success, reaching a worldwide audience. Christopher's second novel Eldest was published in 2005, followed by Brisingr in 2008. Inheritance, the fourth and final book in the cycle was published with a first printing of 2.5 million copies.

As you’ll hear, despite the fact that parents have named children after his characters, Christopher is humble and under-stated—another writer who enjoys thinking about the art, and mechanics, of telling a good story.

Christopher Paolini's website

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Jun 15, 2018

Fresh off the publication of her highly-praised first novel Transference last year, Kate Jonuska turned around right this year with release of a book she wishes was available before she first started writing.

It’s a dictionary.

More specifically, The Dictionary of Fiction Critique: How to read like a writer in order to give and receive constructive critique.

The idea was borne as Kate shuttled between two critique groups, sharing concepts and ideas and terminology that helped her learn the essentials of writing fiction.

Part A-Z dictionary and part writing crash course, the Dictionary of Fiction Critique is your survival guide of the wild, wacky world of the fiction critique group. The dictionary attempts to demystify the creation of story, explains how to read like a writer, and gives you the language with which to discuss your craft with peers, including terms like head hopping, omniscience, genre dissonance, reality violation, info dump, talking heads and yes, more cowbell.

Kate Jonuska is a Colorado native with a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Denver. She has since wracked up a decade of experience writing features for top-notch regional publications, including the Denver Post, the Boulder Daily Camera, The Colorado Springs Gazette and Boulder Magazine, specializing in food, fitness, travel, and arts and entertainment.

Kate Jonuska's website

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Jun 7, 2018

As a fiction writer, Teresa Funke celebrates ordinary people. In fact, she takes a very unusual approach to her stories—they are all based on interviews with real people.

Teresa’s latest is War on a Sunday Morning. Written for readers age nine and up, War on A Sunday Morning is about a 13-year-old girl named Rose Williams. Rose has trouble fitting in. She is shy. Every time her family moves to a new navy base, she wishes she could be more like her fearless brother. And then, on a Sunday morning in December of 1941, Rose hears the roar of low-flying planes. Soon, Rose realizes that, scared or not, everyone must be daring in times of war.

War on A Sunday Morning is the fifth book in Theresa’s Home Front Heroes novels, which have all focused on different conflicts and different main characters.

Theresa’s short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Two of her essays were listed as Notable Essays by the prestigious "Best American Essays" series. She also writes a popular blog, "Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life."

Teresa's website

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