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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: April, 2019
Apr 29, 2019

This time on the podcast, Writer of the Year Finalist Margaret Mizushima chats with Natasha Watts. This episode also features an installment of Writer's Rehab. The topic is a common issue that plagues amateur writers. 

In the interview, Margaret talks about the recognition her books have garnered, how RMFW helped her find her publisher, and how she writes books with so many animals. One of the main characters in her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series is a dog named Robo and Margaret talks about how she makes sure Robo is a true individual who has an effect on the story. 

Margaret Mizushima is the award-winning author of the internationally published and critically acclaimed Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, including Burning Ridge, a Colorado Book Award finalist and named a Best Book of 2018 by Kings River Life.

Active within the writing community, Margaret serves on the board for the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Pikes Peak Writers, and Northern Colorado Writers.

Margaret lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.

Margaret's website

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Apr 22, 2019

For the third year in a row, Bernadette Marie is one of three finalists for the Independent Writer of the Year.

With some 35 books in print and many more in the pipeline, Bernadette Marie is the definition of prolific. She also runs a publishing company that has helped shepherd 100-plus titles into the daylight.

On the podcast, part of our ongoing series with Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the year finalists, Bernadette Marie talks about how she has strengthened her approach to developing and writing characters with strong personalities. She also talks about how she fits writing around a busy of schedule that includes raising five sons.

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011.

Obsessed with the art of writing and the business of publishing, she established her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, in 2011 to bring her own work to market as well as offer an opportunity for fresh voices in fiction to find a home as well. 

Bernadette Marie is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might be slightly addicted to chocolate.

Bernadette Marie's website

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Apr 16, 2019

Aimie K. Runyan gives credit for the ideas for her last two books to fellow members of RMFW - Jamie Raintree gave her the nugget that led to Daughters of the Night Sky and Sean Vogel for Girls on the Line, proving yet again the power of networking and developing a solid crew of writer friends.

Aimie’s career took off with Daughters of the Night Sky. New York Journal of Books raved, “Fans of historical fiction or tales of women defying the odds will be immediately drawn in to Runyan’s crisp, effortless prose.”

Recently, Aimie she was named as one of three finalists for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year award. The chat with Aimie represents the first of the interviews with all the finalists – both Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the Year. The winners will be named later this summer.

Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history's unsung heroines. She is the author of two previous historical novels: Promised to the Crown and Duty to the Crown. She is active as an educator and a speaker in the writing community and beyond. She lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband and two (usually) adorable children.

Aimie K. Runyan's website

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Apr 3, 2019

Ian Shane’s second novel, Postgraduate, comes out April 5. It’s a love letter to the music of the ‘80s and ‘90s, when the main character, Danny, worked at his college radio station. The resulting story is one of nostalgia, disappointment, rivalries, and romance.

We talk about the tools Ian uses to publish, the influence of his Indiana hometown on his stories, and the important part music plays in his life and career.

Ian Shane is the author of two novels, Radio Radio and Postgraduate. He is currently working on his third book…and let’s be honest…watching hockey. Ian studied Radio Broadcasting at the University of Southern Indiana and Computer Science at Indiana University.

Ian writes lad lit similar to Nick Hornby, Jonathan Tropper, and Matthew Norman. He currently lives in Denver with his two cats.

Ian Shane's website

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