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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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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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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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Mar 25, 2019

Charles McNamara says the idea for his first novel had been percolating in his mind since the 1980’s. That book, Ineke’s Mitten is the story of Nels Torkle, the Nazi occupation of his Norwegian hometown, and the famous assault on Riva Ridge in World War II.

Now, Charlie is getting ready to release his second novel, Fiddler’s Lament, later this year.

On the podcast, Charlie talks about that initial idea that sparked Ineke’s Mitten, how he researched so many far-flung settings, and about the value of bringing his work to an RMFW critique group. 

After four years in the Army, Charlie McNamara went to work in the publishing industry, first as a journalist, then marketing copywriter and later as a publisher.

He was the publisher of Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine and owned the Mountain Commuter, a monthly news magazine serving the residents of Evergreen, Colorado.

In 2012, Charlie started an online interview magazine called Tributary. In 2014, he published a book of those interviews entitled Shining Light, Revealing Conversations with Dedicated People.

Charles McNamara's website

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Mar 14, 2019

If there has ever been a reason to declare "Breaking News" around Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, this might be it.

For more than 20 years now, editor Otto Penzler has been publishing a volume called the Best American Mystery Stories. As part of that process, he reads some 500 short stories and passes along the best 50 to a guest editor. That guest editor then chooses the top 20 to be published.

This year, the guest editor is Jonathan Lethem and out of the 20 stories to be published two were selected from RMFW’s "False Faces" short story anthology, which came out last year.

The two writers are Anne Macdonald (“That Donnelly Crowd") and Suzanne Proulx ("If You Say So"). 

On the podcast, we chat with False Faces editors Angie Hodapp and Warren Hammond and then with each of the two writers—whose work will go national later this year. 

As if that’s not enough great news for False Faces, the anthology was also named this week as a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. Yes, more Breaking News.

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Mar 10, 2019

Low Country Blood is the second book in Sue Hinkin’s Vega & Middleton Mystery Series and it launches in a few short weeks, on April 1.

The new story focuses on Los Angeles TV journalist Beatrice Middleton, who has lost her job. With a possible employment offer in Atlanta, she heads home to Savannah to reconnect with her contentious African-American family, arriving to find that her 15-year-old nephew has been murdered.

This begins the unraveling of a cloak of family secrets surrounding another devastating crime, one that shattered Bea's world when she was a teen.

Low Country Blood, follows the launch last year of Deadly Focus. Both titles drew rave reviews from Kirkus and the next two books in the series are ready to go.

A native of Chicago, Sue headed to Minnesota and majored in art at St. Olaf College, She completed graduate work in Michigan before hightailing it to warmer climes.

Sue was cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and was one of the first camerawomen in the news business. She also spent a number of years working in the NBC-TV Art Department.

On the podcast, Sue Hinkin talks about researching the novel in Savannah and also about the challenges she has encountered along the way, particularly in featuring an African-American as her protagonist.

Sue Hinkin's website

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Mar 7, 2019

This week we interviewed editor, writer, and all-around interesting guy James Persichetti. We discuss his recent career move from managing foreign rights at a literary agency; the difference between all the many types of editing; and the best tactics for making your novel stand out to agents, editors, and readers.

James Persichetti is a freelance developmental editor for a wide variety of genres and the founder of Lost Hat Editorial Services. Prior to editing, James worked for over three years with Nelson Literary Agency, reading submissions and selling foreign rights. In his free time, he writes fiction, practices various languages, and is on a quest to find the perfect flour-to-egg ratio for fresh pasta.

James Persichetti's website

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Feb 28, 2019

You’re not going to want to miss the RMFW day-long education event coming up in April in downtown Golden, Colorado.

But in case you’re on the fence we have Terri Benson this time on the podcast to answer questions and explain how it’s going to run.

The event is called Book in A Day and it's being held Saturday, April 13. Terri details the morning and afternoon sessions, including the many opportunities for pitch appointments. We also also catch up with how things are going with the Western Slope chapter of RMFW and get an update on Terri’s writing career as well.

A life-long writer, Terri Benson is traditionally and self-published with over a hundred articles and short stories published, many award winning. She is the Education Chair/Western Slope Liaison for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, an irregular blogger (in more ways than one), member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Terri spends her non-writing time working at a Business Incubator, camping, jeeping, and dirt biking with her husband of 40-plus years, and being bossed around by a Brittany spaniel named Tank.

Terri Benson's website

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Feb 22, 2019

Way back in 2009, the book was called This Side of Crazy.

It was Mandy Mikulencak’s first attempt at writing a novel and it drew, in all, 96 rejections.

So Mandy turned to two other writing projects. First, was Burn Girl and then The Last Suppers, which came out in late 2017.

Now here comes a new version of that first story from 2009 only it has been given an overhaul and a brand new title: Forgiveness Road.

On the podcast, Mandy gives us a peek into what drew her to the story and setting, 1970’s Mississippi, and why she’s drawn to stories set in the Deep South.

Mandy, a Writer of the Year nominee last year, 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.

Mandy's website

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Feb 7, 2019

Colleen Oakes says there were many points of inspiration for her novel The Black Coats.

In fact, she says, the came out of a “giant cauldron” of inspiration.

There was a vision in her head of a group of girls holding baseball bats, a black pea coat lying on the side of the road in Nebraska and Colleen’s fascination with vigilante justice.

At the time she first stirred the pot on this particular novel, however, Colleen was getting ready to write a new book an earlier series. She quickly put that book aside in favor of The Black Coats. As she puts it, The Black Coats “burst out of the chest” of her other works.

And now, three years after completing it and turning into her publisher, The Black Coats is being published this month – the official publication date in February 12.

Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including, in addition to The Black Coats, she has written The Queen of Hearts Series and three-book Wendy Darling Saga, among others.

She lives in North Denver with her husband and is currently at work on her third YA fairytale series, a YA contemporary thriller and a fantasy collaboration.

Colleen's website

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Feb 3, 2019

Sandra Murphy says she has one goal when she’s recording an audio book - to tell the truth of what her authors have written.

In fact, Sandra brings many years of acting experience to her production process. It's an acting career that began at the ripe old age of two with a fairly dramatic moment.

Sandra is well versed in everything from managing companies of actors, overseeing budgets, organizing logistics, to being responsible for scores of people traversing the globe.

Sandra has found her true home as the Voice Mama™, expressing her creativity through voice over and audiobook narration.

Whether it’s a non-fiction title, challenging business women to
lead with power and confidence, or a murder mystery, leading the sleuth on the path to discover the killer, Sandra’s compelling narration fully envelopes the listener in the story.

On her time off, Sandra loves to spend time with her husband and daughters which often includes cooking amazing food, laughing hysterically, and dancing in the kitchen.

On those occasions when all production deadlines are met and her family well fed, you will find her just relaxing in the backyard on her hammock, book in hand.

Following the interview, the podcast includes a sample of Sandra’s work – a clip from Shawn McGuire’s Original Secrets.

Sandra's website

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Jan 20, 2019

LS Hawker’s new novel, publishing on January 22 and due for a major launch event on January 26, was a long time coming.

In fact, it started out as a short story and then was developed into a full-length novel – her first – and subsequently tucked away in a drawer. 

Since that first book, Lisa Hawker’s writing career has produced three major standalone thrillers that have been translated into eight languages and put her on the USA Today list of bestsellers.

But that first novel still scratched a certain itch and Lisa finally went back to it recently and, well, here we are on the eve of the launch of The Throwaways and Kirkus Reviews has already chimed in with a rave review.

In addition to the new title, LS Hawker is the author of the thrillers The Drowning Game, Body and Bone, and End of the Road.

Visit her website to view book trailers, listen to her podcast with daughter Chloe, The Lively Grind Cafe, and read about her adventures as a cocktail waitress, traveling Kmart portrait photographer, and witness to basement exorcisms.

LS Hawker's website

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Jan 8, 2019

Shannon Baker is coming off what a year, as she puts it, when she let her attitude slip. Writing is a business, as Shannon also says, where there are plenty of opportunities to get your ego bashed.

Now Shannon is climbing back out. Shannon recently announced that she has sold an option to the film rights to her Kate Fox Mystery Series and, for many reasons, Shannon is turning the page into the new year.

We’ve got Shannon on the podcast to tell us about what led to the deal and also catch up on all her other projects, including a Facebook-based group called Authors Unwritten which also involves four other very familiar RMFW writers.

Shannon Baker is author of Stripped Bare, Dark Signal and Bitter Rain in the Kate Fox Series, which also includes the novella Close Enough, and the Nora Abbott series from Midnight Ink.

Shannon, who lives in Tucson, loves to escape into the great outdoors. Backpacking in the Rockies, traipsing to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, skiing mountains and plains, kayaking lakes, hiking, cycling, and diving whenever she gets the chance. Having the desert for a backyard is a daily thrill, bringing javelinas, rattlesnakes, zillions of birds, including hummingbirds, and spectacular sunsets every day.

But as she says on the podcast, the main goal is writing. “We have to find our own focus,” says Shannon. “And it’s a constant battle.”

Shannon Baker's website

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Jan 3, 2019

Whether because of NaNoWriMo or New Year’s Resolutions, January is a common time for writers to begin querying. Many are tempted to simply dive in and mass email every agent they can find.

Please allow Natasha Watts to give you a bit of advice: don’t.

Do your research first. Find agents who are open to your book’s genre and age category. Read their websites and manuscript wish lists. Study their submission guidelines. Give your manuscript every chance to shine by querying the right agents, not just the most famous or the easiest to find on Google.

To help you in this quest, Natasha interviewed four literary agents at Colorado Gold back in September.

Hannah Fergesen: After stints as a bookseller, an intern at Soho Press, a literary assistant, and a freelance editor, Hannah Fergesen joined KT Literary as an agent in 2016. Hannah is a proud geek and TV junkie, with an all-consuming love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and anything created by Joss Whedon. With her background in film and television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue, whether presented in edgy speculative or contemporary YA and MG fiction, or dark and lyrical
speculative adult fiction.

Moe Ferrera: A Pennsylvania native, Moe Ferrera is mum of a rambunctious corgi who is a master at stealing treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin's Creed or Destiny release. Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres--especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, romance,
and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance
(sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She is also interested in select narrative nonfiction titles in the areas of LGBTQ studies, musical theatre, and classical music.

Patricia Nelson: Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. On the children’s side, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres of YA and MG, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that
she represents.

Melissa Edwards: After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa Edwards began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless
middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction.

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Jan 1, 2019

If you happened to set some resolutions about writing for 2019 and you want to dive right in, RMFW-U has got you covered with a brand new online course, Anatomy of Emotion, kicking off this coming Sunday, January 6.

The course will be taught by Natasha Watts and we’ve got her here on the podcast with a preview of the course, which is designed to help you observe body language and think about how nonverbal communication among your characters to add raw emotional power to your work. The four-week class is just $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Head to RMFW dot org and look under Education and Events for RMFW-U Online Courses to register.

Natasha also has an update on her involvement in Pitch Wars, a Twitter-based mentoring program that she entered last August and has led to her working with not one but two published writers. 

We also check in with Natasha on the next RMFW short story anthology—she is co-editor along with Rachel Delaney Craft, who was the guest on the previous episode of The Rocky Mountain Writer.

Natasha's website

To register for Anatomy of Emotion

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Dec 19, 2018

This time on the podcast we’ve got Rachel Delaney Craft with two worthy topics of conversation.

Rachel is co-editor, along Natasha Watts, and of the next RMFW short story anthology and she’s here with an announcement about the anthology’s theme.

If you’re planning on submitting a short story for this collection, which will be published in 2020, you’ll want to hear this.

Also, Rachel recently attended a workshop about the character-typing model known as Enneagrams and she thinks the system has some terrific insights for writers, too, in the character-development process.

She recently wrote a blog post about this workshop and she’s here to expound a bit more on this tool.

Rachel Craft writes middle grade, young adult, and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in publications such as "Cricket," "Ask," and "Young Explorer's Adventure Guide," as well as the award-winning RMFW short story anthology Found.

Rachel lives and writes in Louisville, Colorado.

Rachel Delaney Craft's website

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Dec 13, 2018

David R Slayton grew up, as he puts, in a town where Norman Rockwell meets the Twilight Zone.

That town was Guthrie, Oklahoma—and it’s place where David said finding fantasy novels was challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible.

So what else to do but write your own? The first attempt ran to 200,000 words. It was a bit unwieldy. 

Years later, David found himself in Denver and even later found Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Now, David’s debut young adult fantasy, Ghost Dragon, will be published in January 2020 by Harmony Ink Press.

On the podcast, David walks us through the long journey to publication, describes what he means about writing stories set in worlds without prejudice, and gives us the lowdown on a very cool charity project he runs every year around Halloween called Trick or Read.

In addition to writing, David Slayton has taught workshops and appeared on panels at Denver Comic Con, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, and the League of Utah Writers Quills Conference.

By day he’s a software implementation consultant.

David R Slayton's website

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Nov 28, 2018

"Reading is a political act."

That’s the tag line for Colorado Resistance Reads, the brainchild of RMFW’s own Kate Jonuska.

Colorado Resistance Reads curates books by Colorado authors that engage with themes relevant to today’s tumultuous political climate, including climate change, the free press, LGBTQ+ rights, the me-too movement, the refugee crisis, authoritarianism and more. Rather than presenting any one point of view or political persuasion, states the Colorado Resistance Reads website, these books encourage thought and conversation about current events through the medium of story.


The Colorado #ResistanceReads list is also an active fundraiser.
Every participating author is donating 50 percent of the profits from the sale of their book from Black Friday (11/23) through Colorado Gives Day (12/4) to a charity of the author’s choice.

Kate Jonuska is a Colorado native with a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Denver who went into journalism after college to pay the rent. 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.

Colorado Resistance Reads on Facebook

Colorado Resistance Reads website

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Nov 21, 2018

Dacia Arnold’s first novel, a science fiction entry called Apparent Power, launches next month.

It’s the first in a trilogy and it has already received a knock-out advance review from Kirkus, which called the book’s main character, Valerie Russell, "an exceptional protagonist."

In Apparent Power, a dormant gene awakens in a quarter of the world’s population and the effects are apocalyptic. With an even rarer gene, the life of Valerie Russell turns into a shocking race against time.

When the human body begins to require more electricity than needed to keep a heart beating, cars lose power, phones no longer function, and planes fall from the sky.

To say Dacia is an author and a mother would only be scratching the surface. She is an avid karaoke singer, master crafter and she is also a ten-year Army veteran who served two tours of combat as a medic, including fifteen months working in Baghdad Emergency room.

On the podcast, Dacia talks about what inspired the story and her plans for the next two installments.

Note: After the conversation with Dacia, this podcast includes a special excerpt from Reactance, a novella that’s connected to the main story in Apparent Power.

Dacia's website

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Nov 11, 2018

This time on the podcast, a special conversation with former RMFW Writer of the Year Susan Spann—currently immersed in a non-fiction project in Japan.

Susan is in the middle of a personal journey, one she is documenting for a book based on her ascents up the 100 highest summits in the land of rising sun.

The adventure is based, in Susan’s own words, on the desire to stop doing what was safe and what was expected of her.

Well, mission accomplished.

But the planning and work to move from California to Japan hit a major hurdle when Susan was diagnosed with cancer. Undaunted, Susan forged through months of cancer treatments and even visa issues and today is travelling all over Japan conquering summits and recording her climbs for the book.

Work on the non-fiction book is also helping with her fiction—Susan’s award-winning mystery series features sixteenth-century ninja detective Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo.

One quick note: at about three-minutes into this interview we lost a few words from Susan due to the Skype connection or something but stay with it, you should be able to piece together what Susan is saying.

Susan Spann's website

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