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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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Mar 30, 2020

For as long as she can remember, Melissa Payne has been telling stories in one form or another—from high school newspaper articles to a graduate thesis to blogging about marriage and motherhood.

But she first learned the real importance of storytelling when she worked for a residential and day treatment center for abused and neglected children.

There she wrote speeches and letters to raise funds for the children. The truth in those stories was piercing and painful and written to invoke in the reader a call to action: to give, to help, to make a difference.

Melissa’s love of writing and sharing stories in all forms has endured.

She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children, a friendly mutt, a very loud cat, and the occasional bear.

The Secrets of Lost Stones is her first novel.

Melissa Payne's website.

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Mar 22, 2020

ZJ Czupor is co-chair, with Sue Hinkin, of the Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. ZJ also serves as vice president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and writes a monthly column, “The Mystery Minute,” which appears at www.rmmwa.org.

Mindy McIntyre is a proud member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. She also moderates the Aspen Grove critique group and, after years of judging and doing intake for Colorado Gold, she’s serving as the Judging Coordinator for the Gold Rush Literary Awards.

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Mar 15, 2020

Diane Byington has been a tenured college professor, yoga teacher, psychotherapist, and executive coach. Also, she raised goats for fiber and once took a job cooking hot dogs for a NASCAR event. She still enjoys spinning and weaving, but she hasn’t eaten a hot dog or watched a car race since.

Besides reading and writing, Diane loves to hike, kayak, and photograph sunsets. She and her husband divide their time between Boulder, Colorado, and Dunedin, Florida.

Diane's latest novel is If She Had Stayed.

Diane's website

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Mar 11, 2020

Melissa Koons is a writer, blogger, and book formatter for Write Illusion. She has won 3 awards for her writing and has multiple traditionally and independently published works. She works at the University of Colorado by day and publishes by night.

Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. Starting out in theater and film, he shifted over to writing science fiction and found his passion. An
award-winning author, he can be found in several anthologies and has self-published others. His debut novel, The Thales, the first in the Rising
Current trilogy, was released in November of 2019. When not writing, Fowler can be found with his wife, son, and three daughters or indulging in all
things entertainment.

An important note: This interview was recorded before Melissa and Thomas decided to step back from Spine Press & Post. However, the content is still useful and relevant to authors of all stripes. Melissa can be found at writeillusionllc.com and Thomas can be found at thomasafowler.com.

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Mar 8, 2020

International bestselling author Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and a few years later started writing her own stories.

Wendy is Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2017-2018 Independent Writer of the Year.

Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards, earned a Kirkus starred review and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016.

The novel is a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award Finalist, a bronze medal winner from Readers’ Favorites, and is the first in her intriguing urban fantasy series.

Next in the series were two book two's (Wendy explains on the podcast) - The League of Governors and The Clan Calling.

Book three in the series, just out, is The Forge of Bonds.

Wendy Terrien's website

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Feb 27, 2020

Kate Lansing lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, three-year-old daughter, and a chair-napping tabby cat named Maple.

Her love for mysteries began when she devoured From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a young girl, and has grown from there.

An award-winning short story author, her work has appeared in the Brave New Girls Anthology and the Crossing Colfax Anthology. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

Her debut novel will be released in May. It's called Killer Chardonnay.

Kate Lansing's website 

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Feb 22, 2020

Nathan Lowell has been a full time self published author since 2012. His goal in 2020 is to write 2000 new words every day and publish as many of them as he can. With 16 novels and more on the way, he always looks for ways to help new voices find their audiences. He's been a member of RMFW for many years and currently serves on the board of Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as their chief financial officer. Nathan's latest release, just out this month, is Cape Grace.

Nathan's website.

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Feb 14, 2020

Kristy Ferrin - a.k.a. K. Ferrin - is the author of the stand alone young adult fantasy novel Magicless as well as the new adult fantasy series Magicfall. She is an engineer by day, a word slinger by night, and fills the cracks in between with mountain adventures with her husband and a 50 lb. hair-ball that goes by the name Emma. Kristy is an active member of the RMFW community. She has
taught workshops on everything from world building to WordPress at the Colorado Gold Writers conference as well as on the Western Slope, and has recently taken on the role of Technology Chair for the organization.

K. Ferrin's website

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Feb 7, 2020

Carol Berg is an award-winning and bestselling author of fifteen epic fantasy novels and half a dozen novellas and short stories.

She also writes the fantasy adventure series Chimera under the pen name Cate Glass. Her new book, just out, is A Conjuring of Assassins.

Though Carol's home has a great view of the Colorado Rockies, she has lived a large portion of her life in realms of mystery and adventure - Middle Earth, Camelot, Amber, Wonderland, Harry Dresden's Chicago, Jim Chee's New Mexico, Cheltenham race track or the colleges of Oxford, Victorian London, Cold War Berlin, the Welsh borderlands, River Heights, Marvel's version of Hell's Kitchen...you get the drift.

While studying mathematics and software engineering at Rice University and the University of Colorado respectively, Carol Berg carved out a special place for studies in English and History of Art and reading, reading, reading.

A few years into a career as a software development engineer, she took up a hobby of writing her own fiction. 

Carol enjoys binge-watching movies and (well-written!) TV, as well as camping, hiking, and biking with her mechanical engineer spouse. They have three sons who juggle music and teaching, software and carpentry, rocket science and ice hockey.

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Jan 29, 2020

Dacia M Arnold is an award-winning American novelist, mother, and ten-year Army Veteran. She is the author of dystopian science fiction. As a freelance writer, Dacia contributes monthly to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s blog where she shares her relatively brief experience in the literary world. Her nonfiction as also appeared in New York Times Magazine. She lives in Denver with her husband, two human children, and two beagle children. Dacia's latest novel is Resistance.

Dacia's website

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Jan 20, 2020

Harper McDavid (a.k.a Mary Johnson) lives in Morrison with her husband, two dogs and big-boned cat. Her debut novel, Zapata, a romantic suspense, was published in 2019 by Soul Mate Publishing. She’s been a Colorado Gold finalist twice and is currently pantsing her way through a second novel, Proximity of Betrayal, which was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Romantic Suspense. Mary attributes a large part of her writing success to the critique partners she met through Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

Harper McDavid's website

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Jan 11, 2020

Freelance writer, novelist, editor, Travis Heermann is the author of eight novels, including The Hammer Falls, Death Wind, and The Ronin Trilogy, plus short fiction in Apex Magazine, Cemetery Dance, and others.

His freelance work includes contributions to the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, and EVE Online.

In addition, Travis writes novels for young adults under the pen name T. James Logan. His latest for the YA crowd is Dawn of the Deadly Fang.

Travis Heerman's website

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Jan 3, 2020

We have two guests on the podcast to start off 2020—the authors of the new novel Enforcer.

Kevin Ikenberry is a life-long space geek, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, and science fiction writer. His debut novel Sleeper Protocol was heralded as “an emotionally powerful debut” by Publisher’s Weekly. He is the author of The Protocol War series and the Peacemaker novels in the best-selling Four Horsemen Universe.

Quincy J. Allen is a cross-genre author with dozens of short story credits and six novels under his belt. He continues work on his Blood War Chronicles
in the ShadowGate universe and with Marc Edelheit on the Way of Legend fantasy series. Quincy will be releasing novels in 2020 in several series and expects to be busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.

Kevin Ikenberry's website

Quincy J. Allen's website

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