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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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Feb 8, 2017

This episode features a chat with historical novelist Marc Graham and the latest installment of Writer's Rehab from Natasha Watts.

Marc is back on the podcast a few weeks before the launch of his debut novel, Of Ashes and Dust.

In fact, we caught Marc just a few minutes after he returned home from attending an out-of-state workshop for writers about growing and building your online audience.

Marc offers a few tips he picked up, including some ideas about being “relentlessly helpful” when you get the opportunity.

Marc also talks about the power of knowing the core idea of your novel and how that key concept can help you both with the writing itself and with getting the attention of agents and editors.

Marc Graham is an actor, singer, bard, engineer, Freemason, and whisky aficionado When not on stage, in a pub, or bound to his computer, he can be found traipsing about Colorado’s Front Range with his wife and their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

The latest Writer’s Rehab entry from Natasha Watts offers ideas to help make sure your dialogue-heavy scenes come alive for your readers.

Marc Graham

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Jan 29, 2017

One reviewer said David Atkinson’s novel Apocalypse All The Time combines absurdism, science fiction and sly commentary and offers something reminiscent of Orwell, Kafka and Swift.

This time on the podcast, David Atkinson discusses his latest work and talks about his writing process, including his eclectic approach to reading – some 200 to 300 books a year.

He also talks about he blends work as a patent attorney with his writing life.

In addition to Apocalypse All The Time, David Atkinson is also the author of Not Quite so Stories, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes, and Bones Buried in the Dirt.  He is a Staff Reader for Digging Through The Fat and his writing appears in "Bartleby Snopes," "Literary Orphans," "Atticus Review," and others.

David Atkinson's website

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Jan 15, 2017

The guest is Jamie Raintree, who is presenting this month’s free workshop (Saturday, Jan. 21) for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in downtown Denver.

The presentation is called "Your Most Productive Writing Year" and on the podcast Jamie offers highlights from her approach to planning your writing and your writing career.

Jamie also talks about her debut novel Perfectly Undone, due to be published later this year from Graydon House.

Jamie Raintree is a writing and productivity teacher and also the creator of many writing productivity tools, including the Writing & Revision Tracker. She is also a mom, a wife, a businesswoman, a nature-lover, and a wannabe yogi.

Jaimie Raintree

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Jan 6, 2017

The first episode of The Rocky Mountain Writer for 2017 begins with the second installment of Writer's Rehab. This quick lesson with Natasha Christiansen deals with sprucing up your vocabulary.

After that, the guest is Suzie Brooks, who launched the independent publishing house Literary Wanderlust three short years ago and watched it blossom. The house has a busy year ahead. 

Suzie talks the submission and scouting process, how she works with writers on everything from editing to marketing, and what it’s like to head up a small team of talented staffers working to produce quality books.

Since 2009, Suzie has served on the board of directors for RMFW. She holds a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University and has many years of editorial experience.

Suzie Brooks

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Dec 15, 2016

This time on the podcast the guest is Frederick Bloetscher, who has an entry in the latest RMFW short story anthology, Found.  

Fred’s story is “The Old Coyote” and it’s his first work of fiction.

Fred also talks about the inspiration for the story and, being someone who works in water issues on a national basis, the conversation veers for a while into the inevitable topic of climate change.

Fred Boetschler has 30 years of experience as a civil engineer focusing on water and infrastructure issues.

His hobbies include hiking and photography, both of which played a role in leading to the moment that prompted him to write “The Old Coyote.”


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Dec 11, 2016

The Rocky Mountain Writer debuts a brand new feature – Writer’s Rehab with Natasha Watts.

In this occasional segment about the craft of writing fiction, Natasha offers brief tips and strategies for braking bad habits.

First up are some ideas for writers who aren’t hitting the necessary word counts in their first draft.

Following Natasha, an interview with the man behind Hex Publishers, Josh Viola.

Last month, Hex Publishers debuted its latest short story anthology, Cyber World.

Josh talks about the overall Hex Publishers approach to books—both the care and editing that goes into putting the stories together but also the planning and detail that goes into the artwork, packaging and extensive marketing campaigns.

He also reveals what’s ahead on the Hex calendar for 2017 and beyond, including some stand-alone novels, a comic book, another short story compilation and a new line of books for children.

Hex Publishers


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Dec 3, 2016

On this episode, a chat with fantasy paranormal romance writer Robin Owens.

Robin chats about a recent column she wrote about her love of an audio books and about the two series she has up and running.

We also reminisce about RMFW—Robin was one of three individuals, along with Sharon Mignery and Christine Jorgensen, who were named this year by RMFW as “honored guiding members," those who were around when the organization was just getting off the ground.

Robin D. Owens has published twenty seven books, five novellas, and two short stories.

She was the recipient of the 2002 Romance Writers of America RITA® Award (like the Oscar in her field) for "Heart Mate."

Twice she has been named Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Colorado Romance Writers.

Robin Owens

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Nov 18, 2016

This time on the Rocky Mountain Writer we have another writer who contributed to the RMFW short story anthology "Found," published last September.

Rachel Craft, who writes as Rachel Delaney, had a story called “Every Drop of Light” included in that new anthology.

Rachel Craft is a full-time engineer and part-time writer. After deciding to pursue writing as a second career, she discovered RMFW and never looked back.

Her short fiction has appeared in Cricket magazine, and her first middle grade novel, Wild Magic, was a finalist in the RMFW Colorado Gold contest.

Rachel lives in Boulder with her fiancé and Jack Russell terrier.

Found Anthology

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Nov 10, 2016

In June of 2012, Barbara Nickless and her family were told to evacuate their house in Waldo Canyon, northwest of Colorado Springs, because a wildfire was bearing down. Authorities told Barbara to plan on being gone for a few days.

Instead, Barbara’s house burned to the ground, one of hundreds of houses lost in that devastating fire.

Earlier this year, Barbara published her first novel, a mystery thriller called Blood on the Tracks, and that fire played a role in how Barb approached the work of writing fiction. No details here – you’ll have to listen to the podcast.

And now Barb is dealing with another wildfire—the good kind—with the sales of her book. For a few weeks this fall, Blood on the Tracks was ranked #1 in nationwide sales, ahead of writers such as J.K. Rowling. And the reviews have poured in, too – thousands of reviews on Amazon and the novel is still carrying a nearly solid five-star rating.

On the podcast, Barbara tells the story of the Waldo Canyon Fire and talks about the research that went into Blood on the Tracks, which features railroad cop and Iraq war veteran Sidney Rose Parnell and her K-9 companion Clyde. Barb talks about her immersion approach to writing and the amazing story of how she found her agent during Thriller Fest in New York City. She also recounts the decision-making process that went into going with Thomas & Mercer, the publishing house that is part of the Amazon empire.

Barbara Nickless was made in Japan, born in Guam, and traveled through numerous ports of call to land in Colorado.

When she's not writing, traveling, or wandering through libraries, she is usually in the Colorado Rockies where she loves to hike, cave, snowshoe and drink single malt Scotch—rarely, please note, at the same time.

Barbara Nickless

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Nov 6, 2016

On this episode, it's Conan the Grammarian – in person.

For a couple of decades now you have read Conan’s column in the monthly newsletter from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and now Conan is out with a book titled Conan the Grammarian – Practical Guidelines on Grammar and Craft for Fiction Writers.

The writer behind Conan is Susan Mackay Smith, former RMFW president. Yes, Conan is a she.   

On the podcast, Susan talks about the nuns and their rulers who helped her develop her interest in grammar and she talks about the importance of knowing the basics, especially when it comes time to submit writing to contests, agents and editors.

This episode also includes a brief reading from Conan the Grammarian as Susan reads the entire chapter “In Defense of Fiction.”

Susan Mackay Smith is a past president of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and a frequent judge of the Colorado Book Awards. Traditionally published in fantasy under the nom de plume, Mackay Wood, she is a second-generation Colorado native with a degree in history and (more important to her) a BHSAI from the Porlock Vale Riding School in Somerset, England.  She lives in Boulder with the most wonderful man in the world.

Conan The Grammarian

Mackay Wood

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Oct 25, 2016

And now for something different, samples from the new RMFW short story anthology Found.

There's a little something for everyone from these seven stories, all submitted to meet the anthology’s theme, "Sometimes things are better off lost. And sometimes they were never meant to disappear. Either way, when they're found, everything changes."

Readings included in this episode are by Nathasha Watts, Terry Kroenung, Diana Holguin-Balogh, Claire Fishback, Ricarrdo Schiaffino, Rachel Delaney and podcast host Mark Stevens, reading a story he co-wrote with Dean Wyant.

Edited by Mario Acevedo, the FOUND anthology was published in September and is available anywhere books are sold.

Found Anthology

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Oct 14, 2016

We've got J.D. Dudycha back on The Rocky Mountain Writer with his brand new baseball novel, Chasing The Dream. This one is a thriller and completes his baseball trilogy that began with Sitting Dead Red and Paint the Black.

But wait, there's more. J.D. is preparing a book of short stories and a box set for December release. He also has plans for two new series in 2017.

On the podcast, J.D. talks about a major marketing coup with the broadcaster for the Colorado Rockies, chats about his highly focused writing process and discusses the challenges of being an independent writer.

J.D. lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife, and two rambunctious children. He enjoys golf, fly fishing, and never met a mountain he didn’t want to climb, or an ocean he didn't want to explore.

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Twitter:@JDDudycha

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Oct 3, 2016

At the Colorado Gold conference last month, Nathan Lowell gave a workshop called "A Field Guide To Amazon." The room was packed.

On the podcast this time, Nathan offers the highlights from that standing-room-only session. Nathan talks about Amazon rankings, about the possible advantages of going all-Amazon, about e-book promotions, the importance of your Author Central page and the difference between your sales rank and your popularity rank—and much, much more.

Nathan, a 2016 finalist for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Independent Writer of the Year,is an Amazon guy, with a many published works in two major series.

One quick glance at Nathan’s Author page and you’ll quickly be aware that he has a sizable audience of enthusiastic readers.

For more about Nathan’s writing, check out Episode 21 of the Rocky Mountain Writer, recorded last January.

Nathan Lowell 

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Sep 29, 2016

The Lucky Hat Mine is J.v.L. Bell’s first novel and it officially launches on Saturday, Oct. 1. The novel is a “light mystery” for all ages—it’s set in the 1860’s of Colorado, more specifically, Idaho Springs.

On the podcast, J.v.L. Bell talks about what inspired the story, her approach to research to get the details right and how she found beta readers on Goodreads. She also reveals that she found her publisher through unusual means—her search for a cover artist, at a time when she thought she’d publish the book herself, led to a chance introduction and a contract. She also talks about the production of an audio book of The Lucky Hat Mine—something she wanted right alongside the print version.

 

This podcast includes a brief clip from Nancy Yu’s narration from the official recording of The Lucky Hat Mine.

J.v.L. Bell's website.

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Sep 26, 2016

The guest this time is writer Jason Evans, who discusses the highlights of a workshop he presented at Colorado Gold called "Writing Authentic African-American Characters."

On the podcast, Jason offers some ideas for giving African-American characters something he calls “agency." He has a few book recommendations for research and he talks about what inspires him to write historical fiction set in the late 16th century in Ireland.

Jason Evans is a writer and educator with two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. He has run an online magazine and has published two short stories and one essay.

Jason Evans - website

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Sep 22, 2016

The brand new short story anthology from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is called Found and today on the podcast we start a new mini-series with various writers whose stories were selected. 

First up is Claire L. Fishback. On this episode, we chat with her a bit about what inspired her story “Remembra” and we hear about some other projects she’s got going, too.

Most of this episode is Claire's reading of the first half of her tantalizing story.

Claire L. Fishback lives in Morrison, Colorado with her loving husband,Tim, and their pit bull mix, Belle. When she isn’t writing dark and twisty stuff she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, running,baking, and adding to her bone collection, though she would rather be stretched out on the couch with a good book (or poking dead things with sticks).

Claire L. Fishback

Found 

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Sep 13, 2016

At RMFW's big annual Colorado Gold conference this month, Julie Kazimer (a.k.a. j.A. Kazimer) gave a workshop called Twenty-Five Things I wish I knew Five Years Ago – Moving from Pre-Published to Multi-Published.

Among those 25 tips was one very simple suggestion: don’t publish crap.

On the podcast, Julie dives a bit more into her workshop tips and talk about her publishing career, which didn't start until she received a combined 1,000 rejections for four different writing projects.

Perhaps Julie’s most well-known work is CURSES – An F’d Up Fairy Tale. Her latest is The Assassin's Kiss (Camel Books), the third in a series.

When she isn't looking for a place to hide the bodies, Julie spends her time with a pup named Killer.. She spent a few years as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator before transitioning to the moniker of writer.

Julie Kazimer


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Sep 1, 2016

Kevin Wolf is on the podcast on the eve of the launch of his first novel, a Colorado-based mystery called The Homeplace.


Kevin won the Tony Hillerman prize for this book last year and the reward was a publication deal with St. Martin’s Press.


Kevin talks about his experiences with a big publishing house, how he developed his cast of characters for the story and his straightforward and understated writing style.

In addition, Kevin also breaks a bit of news about his publishing career. 


Kevin Wolf is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Crested Butte Writers. The great-grandson of Colorado homesteaders, he enjoys fly fishing, old Winchesters and 1950s Western movies. He lives in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife and two beagles.


Stay tuned after the chat as Kevin reads two quick excerpts from The Homeplace.

More: Kevin Wolf

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Aug 25, 2016

This episode is a live recording of the Thursday, Aug. 18 panel at the Tattered Cover featuring three Writer of the Year finalists (Mark Stevens, Christine Goff and Carol Berg) and three Independent Writer of the Year finalists (Lisa Manifold, Nathan Lowell and Sue Duff, although Sue was not present).

The panel was quizzed by 2015 Writer of the Year Susan Spann. The 2016 Writer of the Year for RMFW is Mark Stevens and the 2016 Independent Writer of the Year is Lisa Manifold.

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Aug 21, 2016

The guest is Shannon Baker, author of Stripped Bare (Tor/Forge), the first in the Kate Fox mystery series. Set in the isolated cattle country of the Nebraska Sandhills, it’s been called "Longmire" meets "The Good Wife." Shannon Baker also writes the Nora Abbott mystery series (from Midnight Ink), a fast-paced mix of Hopi Indian mysticism, environmental issues, and murder set in western landscapes.

Shannon Baker
Tor/Forge

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Aug 9, 2016

On the podcast this time is vocal coach Dylan Yates, who is giving a master class for writers at Colorado Gold in September.

Yes, writers, at some point, must also get out there and talk. 

Dylan Yates is also the author of an award-winning novel, The Belief in Angels. She has a teaching career that spans public schools, theater direction for regional and national theaters, and vocal training in corporate environments.

Her experience also includes private vocal coaching and radio commercials.

She Writes Press

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Jul 27, 2016

Wendy J. Fox, author of the forthcoming The Pull Of It, is the guest this time. The Pull Of It debuts in late September from Underground Voices.

Wendy Fox is also the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories, which won won the inaugural Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.

Her fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in ZYZZYVA, the Tampa Review, The Missouri Review and The Pinch, among others. 

Wendy Fox

Underground Voices

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Jul 2, 2016

Laurence MacNaughton's It Happened One Doomsday debuts this month (July, 2016) and it's already off to a roaring start.

Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, RT Book Reviews and Library Journal have all weighed in with glowing comments and Barnes & Noble is getting behind the new title in a very big way.

On the podcast, Laurence MacNaughton talks about the approach to writing It Happened One Doomsday, particularly how a chance conversation with one Hugh Howey led to a shift in his thinking about how to write the story. He also gives us a quick look at his Instant Plot workshop and gives us a sneak peek at another workshop that it’s in development. Laurence MacNaughton grew up Connecticut and old his first magazine story at age 19.

Over the years, he’s been a bookseller, typesetter, printer, copywriter and a prototype vehicle test driver.

This episode includes Laurence reading a scene from It Happened One Doomsday.

Laurence MacNaughton

Pyr Books

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Jun 21, 2016

In mid-June, Jennifer Kincheloe got word that her first mystery, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc was nominated for a Macavity award in the historical category—one of the top prizes in the mystery writing field.

Her first novel was originally a winner at Colorado Gold -- just a few years ago.

This time on the podcast, Jennifer talks about her path to publication and how she goes about researching her books, set in the early 1900’s in Los Angeles and southern California. She also talks about how she developed the Anna Blanc character and her interesting approach to social media.

This podcast includes a recording of Jennifer reading a selection from The Secret Life of Anna Blanc.

Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Health Services from UCLA. She spent 11 years conducting research to inform health policy.

She is a member of RMFW, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and other groups.

She lives in Denver with her husband and two children.

Jennifer Kincheloe

Seventh Street Books

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Jun 16, 2016

The guest is writer and attorney Lisa Adams, who is giving a master class at Colorado Gold conference in September called Avoiding Real Life Drama, The Nuts & Bolts of Tax Law.

Lisa Adams is an Arizona-based attorney. Her expertise is in federal tax law, federal Indian law, criminal law and procedure, and complex business transactions.

As a writer, do you know the basics of what counts as income or how to track expenses? If you’re going the indy route, do you draw up contracts when you hire a graphic artist or an editor? Do you think you should?

Lisa’s got some great advice—and experience.

Lisa Adams' website.

 

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