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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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Jun 5, 2016

Writer Heather Webb stops by the podcast to give a sneak peek of the four-hour master class she'll be giving at Colorado Gold, RMFW's big three-day conference in September.

Her class is called Nailing an Agent-Grabbing Opening and it will give participants a chance to learn what makes an opening grabby, or trite, and how to win an agent's eye.

Heather also catches us up on all her projects, including a short story collection she spearheaded that was recently reviewed in the New York Times.

Heather Webb’s novels Becomng Josephine and Rodin's Lover are published by Penguin Random House and have sold in six countries. Both books have received starred national reviews and Rodin's Lover was a Goodread’s Pick of the Month in 2015. Heather’s works have been featured in national print media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, France Magazine, Dish Magazine, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and more

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May 29, 2016

This time on the podcast we welcome back RMFW Writer of the Year Susan Spann, author of the forthcoming The Ninja’s Daughter.

Susan is giving a master class at Colorado Gold in September and she’s here this time to give us a sneak peek of that class, Writing a Killer Mystery.

Susan talks about the key elements every mystery writer needs—the crime, the sleuth, clues, the setting, how to ramp up tension and much more.

Susan Spann


Seventh Street Books

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May 22, 2016

 

The first in a series of conversations with key presenters who are coming to Colorado Gold, RMFW’s big annual three-day writing conference, in September.

This time the guest is Stuart Horwitz, who is leading a master class on Friday, Sept. 9 and that workshop follows the approach in his new book, Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It.

That book is set for publication on June 6 and it’s the third in Horwitz’ Book Architecture trilogy.

In fact, Horwitz is founder and principal of a company called Book Architecture. He’s spent over fifteen years helping writers become authors, signing with top literary agencies, sealing deals with coveted publishing houses and forging a successful path through indie publishing.

Stuart Horwitz is an award-winning essayist and poet. He has taught writing at Grub Street of Boston and Brown University. He holds two masters degrees—one in Literary Aesthetics from NYU and one in East Asian Studies from Harvard with a concentration in Medieval Japanese Buddhism.

Book Architecture

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May 11, 2016

Registration for Colorado Gold, RMFW's big three-day conference in September, is now open and this podcast provides a thorough preview from conference chair Corinne O’Flynn.

There are several new features to the conference this year including “Hook Your Book” sessions, new options on the master class schedule, an expanded author signing sessions, additional author readings, the mentor room and more. Corinne talks about the two keynote speakers who are on the way and offers suggestions for first-time conference goers.

Corinne O'Flynn is a native New Yorker who now lives in Colorado. She's the author of The Expatriates fantasy series and the Half Moon Girls mystery novella series.

When she isn't writing, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of RMFW, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and ALLi, The Alliance of Independent Authors.

Corinne O'Flynn

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May 5, 2016

This podcast is about getting involved.

Specifically, it's an interview with former RMFW Writer of the Year Linda Hull and her journey of getting involved in both Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Mystery Writers of America.

Last week in New York, Linda was one of the co-presenters at the Edgar Awards for the best novel in juvenile fiction. Her work with writing organizations, however, started with becoming active within RMFW.

Linda Joffe Hull is the author of two standalone novels, The Big Bang (Tyrus Books) and Frog Kisses (Literary Wanderlust).

She has also written three books in the Mrs. Frugalicious Mystery series (Midnight Ink) featuring bargain hunter and sleuth, Maddie Michaels: Eternally 21 (2013), Black Thursday (2014) and Sweetheart Deal (2015).

Linda currently serves on the national board of Mystery Writers of America. She is a longtime member and former president of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and was the 2013 RMFW Writer of the Year.

Linda Joffe Hull

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Apr 24, 2016

Aimie K. Runyan's first novel, Promised to the Crown, launches this week. The novel is set in 17th Century France and New France, a.k.a. Canada.

The idea for the book started for Runyan in third grade when she took an instant interest in the French language and soon, an even deeper interest in everything to do with France.

Her interest in France stayed with her through high school and college and it was while working on her Master's thesis on the women who helped found French Canada that she won a generous grant from the Quebec government to study onsite for three months, enabling the detailed research necessary for work on her novel.

On the podcast, Runyan offers tips for guarding your writing time and how she fit work on the novel around raising two small children. She also talks about how she found her agent following a session of Pitch Wars on Twitter and the steps to finding her publisher.

The podcast includes Aimie reads the opening few minutes of Promised to the Crown.

Aimie K. Runyan
Kensington Books
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Apr 17, 2016

This week on the podcast, a two-part preview of Genre Con, a day-long educational event taking place in Golden, Colorado on Saturday, May 14.

First up is Terri Benson, who serves in a dual capacity as RMFW’s Western Slope liaison and education chair. Terri provides some insights into how Genre Con will run and what attendees can expect from both the morning group session and the afternoon breakout sessions.

Following Terri, we have a chat with Angie Hodapp from the Nelson Literary Agency right here in Denver

Angie, a previous guest on the podcast, provides an in-depth sneak peak of the morning-long session called "The Right Stuff – Opening Pages that Lead to Yes."

 


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Apr 10, 2016

Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. She's also dabbled in science fiction and she has written and published short stories that have appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies.

Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy is wrapping up, after Exile and Emissary, with Enemy, coming soon. She just announced the sale of a stand-alone, The Silver Scar.

On the podcast, she talks about the draw of world building and writing fantasy, she reveals the moment on a trip to England that sparked her writing career, and she talks about the benefits of writing short stories as a way to hone your craft.

Betsy Dornbusch

Nightshade Books

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Apr 4, 2016

Eleanor Brown is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters. Brown's first published novel created a splash. The Weird Sisters was an Indie Next pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Barnes & Noble Book of the Month.

On April 30, Eleanor is giving a free workshop in Littleton, Colorado called "Flammable Characters."

On the podcast she gives us a preview of the “flammable characters” concept and chats about the bumps and roadblocks in her writing career, including writing three whole books before finding the right source of inspiration that would make for a worthy follow-up to first.

Eleanor Brown

The Writers Table

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Mar 27, 2016

Warren Hammond is the author of the KOP series of novels -- KOP, Ex-KOP, and KOP Killer -- as well as the standalone The Tides of Maritinia. The first three mash up mystery and sci-fi, the standalone Tides is more of a spy thriller set in a watery, distant planet.  

On the podcast, Hammond talks about the inspiration for the KOP series and getting the rights back and re-publishing them, with new covers from an artist from Italy.

Warren Hammond grew up in the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Upon obtaining his teaching degree from the University at Albany, he moved to Colorado, and settled in Denver where he can often be found typing away at one of the local coffee shops.

Always eager to see new places, Warren has traveled extensively. Whether it’s wildlife viewing in exotic locales like Botswana and the Galapagos Islands, or trekking in the Himalayas, he's always up for a new adventure.

This podcast includes a reading from The Tides of Maritinia.

Warren Hammond

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Mar 20, 2016

J. L. Abramo was born in the seaside paradise of Brooklyn, New York on Raymond Chandler’s fifty-ninth birthday. 

His seventh novel was just published and it's set in the town where he was born. Brooklyn Justice is a series of interconnected stories featuring private eye Nick Ventura.

Abramo is the author of Catching Water in a Net, winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Award for Best First Private Eye Novel; and the subsequent Jake Diamond private eye mysteries Clutching at Straws, Counting to Infinity and Circling the Runway.

Gravesend, JAbramo’s acclaimed stand-alone crime thriller from Down & Out Books, was released in September 2012. Chasing Charlie Chan, a prequel to the Jake Diamond private eye series, was released in 2013.

On the podcast, Joe also reads an excerpt from his latest work. 

Joe Abramo

Down & Out Books

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Mar 14, 2016

This episode is a live recording from workshop held Saturday, March 12 in Denver at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library.

The workshop was designed as a primer for the annual Colorado Gold Contest, which opens April 1.

The workshop was hosted by contest co-chair Pam Novak and veteran contest winner Kevin Wolf.

This live recording runs just about an hour. As Pam makes clear, many questions about the contest and how it’s run are easily found on the RMFW website

On the podcast, Pam and Kevin emphasize some key tips that should help you get your manuscript in contest-ready shape.

Mar 13, 2016

The guest this time is Marc Graham--an actor, singer, bard, engineer, Freemason, and whisky aficionado. And writer. Graham just sold "Of Ashes and Dust," his first historical novel, to Five Star. Graham talks about the long journey to publication, his approach to researching historical fiction, his writing process and the chance meeting that led to a publication contract.

Marc Graham

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Mar 6, 2016

Wendy Terrien has been writing stories since she was in grade school. Her debut novel The Rampart Guards (February 29, 2016) is the first in her intriguing urban fantasy series.

Inspired by an episode of Bones that suspected a killer to be a fabled chupacabra, Wendy was fascinated and dove into research about cryptozoology - the study of animals that may or may not exist, or cryptids. Pouring over stories, videos and photographs of creatures others had seen all over the world, Wendy developed her own story to share with middle grade, young adult and grown-up readers.

Wendy Terrien

Wicked Ink Books

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Feb 27, 2016

The guest is Gwen Florio, author of the mystery series featuring reporter Lola Wicks, who first appeared in the novels Montana and Dakota.
Lola is back in the brand new Disgraced and Florio stops by to talk about the third installment as well as the intersecting worlds of non-fiction and fiction when it comes to journalism.
Florio talks about her writing process, about capturing small town life in Wyoming, about the importance of journalism—in real life and in fiction.

Gwen Florio

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Feb 18, 2016

This is a live recording from the February 13 workshop held in Denver with Suzie Brooks, Pamela Nowak and Wendy Howard. The workshop was organized to offer suggestions, ideas and advice for those submitting proposals to present at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' three-day Colorado Gold conference in September. 

RMFW Colorado Conference

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Feb 14, 2016

RMFW member Judith Briles' is a strong advocate for taking the "indy" route to publishing. She has decades of experience all over the publishing landscape and this episode provides a sampler of the topics she can discuss in depth including editing, marketing, networking and figuring out the best publishing option for you.

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Feb 7, 2016

On Saturday, Feb. 6, Jack Marshall Maness delivered a presentation titled "Filling the Gaps in Historical Fiction." The talk was given at the Bear Valley Branch Library in Denver to a packed room. Maness, the winner of the 2015 Colorado Book Award  for best historical fiction for his novel Song of the Jayhawk, talked about his research process and how he finds the space between fact and imagination to move his stories forward. Song of the Jayhawk focused on pre-Civil War Kansas and so will the follow-up, due soon. Maness was also a guest on this podcast in the summer of 2015 shortly after winning the award.

Jack Marshall Maness

Feb 1, 2016

Kerry Schafer writes fantasy with its teeth sunk into reality. She also writes mystery that delves into the paranormal and women’s fiction that embraces the dark and twisty realms of humanity.

On this podcast, we chat with Kerry Schafer about “Dead Before Dying," coming out in early February, and “Closer Home,” written under the name Kerry Anne King and due next month, in March. Kerry talks about a host of topics including dream worlds, grief, the pros and cons of Kickstarter and the benefits of writing under two names. 

Kerry Schafer

Diversion Books-Dead Before Dying

Closer Home

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Jan 25, 2016

J.D. Dudycha has ten years of experience in baseball at the collegiate level. He retired from the sport shortly after the birth of his son. Since his retirement, he developed a love for writing, an outlet he so desperately needed in the absence of playing the game.

His first novel, Paint The Black was published last summer on Amazon and his second, Sitting Dead Red, comes out in February just as pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report for spring training in Arizona and Florida.

Jon Dudycha

Deb Hall

Jan 14, 2016

The guest is Nathan Lowell, a writer who clearly starts by taking what’s typical and turning it inside out.

Nathan Lowell goes his own way.

Nathan has been writing for only nine years yet has developed multiple series under the broad category of speculative fiction. As you’ll see, he sets a hard-charging pace for his daily production.

Nathan has developed a large and adoring audience. His latest title, In Ashes Born, came out in September of last year and already has drawn 400 reviews on Amazon, carrying a rock solid five-star rating.

You will soon find out why Nathan Lowell has told the big publishers to take a hike.

Nathan Lowell

Podiobooks

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Jan 5, 2016

Colleen Oakes is making the jump from indie publishing to Harper Collins with a three-book deal based on her prequel to the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland. Her young adult novel Queen of Hearts has been out for two years through an independent publisher but buzz drew the attention of the big New York house and, next May, the book will make a splash on a whole new level, all with two sequels waiting in the wings—the second in 2017 and the third in 2018.

On top of that, Universal Pictures just optioned Queen of Hearts for a movie and asked a top-flight screenwriter to work on the movie adaptation.

Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom Series, the Wendy Darling Series and the upcoming Queen of Hearts Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She has two tiny dogs and an Underwood typewriter.

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Spark Publications

Emily Kiebel

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Dec 27, 2015

The guest this time is Lisa Manifold, who serves Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in a double capacity as newsletter editor and IPAL rep.

She’s also a busy writer – with plans, as you’ll hear, to become much more productive.

IPAL is The Independent Published Authors Liaison, a relatively new slot within RMFW that exists for the purpose of providing networking and promotional opportunities for independently published authors and for promoting RMFW itself.

Lisa talks about IPAL and IPAL membership and her own double life as a writer, working under her own name, Lisa Manifold, and as Laney Powell for stories on the spicier side of things.

Topics include Amazon, Kindle, independent publishing, book marketing, the Dragon Naturally Speaking approach to dictating a book and much more.

Lisa Manifold 

Laney Powell 

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Elizabeth Ann West

Draft 2 Digital 

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Dec 14, 2015

After years of entering and frequently winning writing contests at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's annual Colorado Gold contest, Colorado writer Kevin Wolf entered and won the Tony Hillerman Prize for his novel, "The Homeplace." The win means the novel will be published by St. Martin's Press next fall. On the podcast, Kevin talks about his writing process, provides a glimpse of the storyline for "The Homeplace," chats about the writing approach he calls storytelling, and describes what how it feels to be working with a major publishing house after so many years of "almost." Kevin Wolf is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Crested Butte Writers. He hones his work at regular meetings of the Southwest Critique group. He lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife of forty years and their two beagles.

 

Kevin Wolf

Dec 4, 2015

First-time author Margaret Mizushima, whose debut mystery Killing Trail launches on Dec. 8 (2015), talks about her path to publication and how she developed a police dog, Robo, as a major character. She also talks about a key moment at the Colorado Gold conference where she opted for patience—a moment that led to a key pitch and a book contract. After earning a master’s degree in speech pathology, Margaret practiced in a hospital and her own rehabilitation agency, and now she assists her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. Her short story “Hay Hook” was published in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology Crossing ColfaxKilling Trail earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. 

Margaret Mizsushima

Crooked Lane Books

 

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