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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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Nov 20, 2015

Linda Joffe Hull is the guest on this episode. Linda 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, published by Midnight Ink. That series features bargain hunter and sleuth, Maddie Michaels: Eternally 21 (2013, Midnight Ink), Black Thursday (2014, Midnight Ink), and the newly released Sweetheart Deal (2015, Midnight Ink). 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. 

Tyrus Books

Linda Joffe Hull

Midnight Ink

Literary Wanderlust

 

 

 

Nov 12, 2015

Angie Hodapp is the guest this week, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the Nelson Literary Agency.

Angie Hodapp holds a bachelor's degree in English and secondary education and a master's in English and communication development. She is a graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver and has taught courses on the craft and business of writing at Writer’s Digest University, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and various writing conferences, including RMFW’s Colorado Gold.

She has worked in publishing, in one form or another, for fifteen years.

On the podcast, Angie gives us glimpse at her day-to-day work at the agency, offers some terrific advice for writers who planning to submit, and talks a bit about her own writing career as well.

Nelson Literary Agency

NLA Digital

Code Named Verity - Elizabeth Wein

Alex Bledsoe

Denver Publishing Institute

 

Nov 4, 2015

The guest on this episode of Rocky Mountain Writer is author, performance artist and educator Margo Christie. Margo is on a mission to blur the lines between high- and low-brow art. Her debut novel, "THESE DAYS, A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip," won a second prize in Amazon's 2012 Breakthrough Novel Award and was
labeled "as original as it is addictive" by Publisher's Weekly. A 16-year resident of Denver, she's now semi-retired in Tampa Florida, where she's working on a second novel, tentatively titled "Memory Motel," and a collection of travel-inspired essays.

On the podcast, Margo chats about the writing ideas and concepts behind her workshop, "Dressing Up and Baring All."

Margo Christie's Website

Oct 29, 2015

On the podcast this week, author, artist, and video game developer Joshua Viola. In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen literary awards, Josh is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of Celldweller. He’s also the editor of the horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, and has published Bram Stoker, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writers. He lives in Denver, Colorado where he is chief editor of Hex Publishers. 

Show Notes

Hex Publishers

Trailer for Nightmares Unhinged

On Twitter: @hexpublishers

On Facebook

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Host Mark Stevens

Oct 23, 2015

Current Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers president Pamela Nowak is the guest. Pam recently released her fourth historical romance, Escaping Yesterday. Recently, one of Pam’s titles was named as one of the best 101 romances of the past ten years by BookList. On the podcast, Pam talks about her love of research, her reaction to the BookList pick, and also chats about the rewards of getting involved in RMFW.

Show Notes


Pamela Nowak
On Twitter: @ReadPamelaNowak
On Facebook

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Host Mark Stevens

Oct 12, 2015

Longtime Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers member Chris Goff, a.k.a. Christine Goff, is the guest. Chris was there in the early days of RMFW and just published her first international thriller, Dark Waters. Chris talks about making the switch in styles and genres and reports on her trip to Ukraine for the research for her next thriller. Sh also discusses the power of networking, the importance of learning the craft and the early days of RMFW.

 

Show Notes:

Chris Goff: www.christinegoff.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorchristinegoff

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens: www.writermarkstevens.com

 

 

Oct 3, 2015

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' own Ken Kirchner has discovered solid success as an independent writer, publishing books only on Amazon. The former U.S. Air Force weapons system officer talks about the two series of books he's writing and the one stand-alone novel that has outperformed all the others. He also talks about the steps that led him to the "indy" route and offers a few tips for those thinking about diving in. Hint: one tip is consider getting help from RMFW.

 

Show Notes:

Kendrick E. Knight's Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Kendrick-E.-Knight/e/B00M7MC1V0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1443877185&sr=8-1

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com

Sep 14, 2015

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Western Slope Coordinator Terri Benson chats about workshops and related activities around Grand Junction. She also talks about her writing career, about the advantages of getting involved in RMFW, and the thirty years of work that preceded publication of her romance novel, An Unsinkable Love.

 

Show Notes:

Terri Benson: terribensonwriter.com

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com

Sep 4, 2015

Writer of the Year finalists Susan Spann and Cindi Myers of offered their thoughts, insights and advice during a late August panel at the Tattered Cover in downtown Denver. (Writer of the Year finalist Joan Johnston was unable to attend the event.)

The night was moderated by the 2014 Writer of the Year, Shannon Baker.

This is a recording of the live event, held Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

 

Show Notes:

Shannon Baker: shannonbaker.wordpress.com

Cindi Myers: www.cindimyers.com

Susan Spann: www.susanspann.com

Joan Johnston: www.joanjohnston.com

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com

Aug 26, 2015

Longtime RMFW member Mario Acevedo talks about the Sept. 5 workshop held in Grand Junction: "Everything You Need to Know About the Next RMFW Anthology.

Mario, who has agreed to step in as editor for the anthology, talks about hte submission schedule and selection process and reveals the selected theme. In addition, Mario chats about writing short stories and about his ongoing detective series featuring vampire Felix Gomez.

 

Show Notes:

Mario Acevedo: www.marioacevedo.com

Hex Publishers: www.hexpublishers.com

Arte Publico Press: artepublicopress.com

Dwight Swain: www.amazon.com/Techniques-Selling-Writer-Dwight-Swain/dp/0806111917

Ellora's Cave: www.ellorascave.com

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com

Aug 12, 2015

Erotic romance writer Desiree Holt, one of the two keynote speakers at the 2015 Colorado Gold conference in Denver, drops by for a chat about her six series of books, her daily writing schedule and a preview of the three classes she will be teaching at the annual writers conference sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction writers. The conversation is mild, given the spicy subject matter, but some of the links in the show notes may lead to places that should involve parental supervision.

 

Show Notes:

Desiree Holt: www.desireeholt.com

Marie Force: www.marieforce.com

Robyn Carr: www.robyncarr.com

Janet Lane: www.janetlane.net

Ellora's Cave: www.ellorascave.com

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com

Aug 1, 2015

Aaron Michael Ritchey, a highly productive writer and frequent workshop presenter, talks about the three writing workshops he's part of at RMFW's Colorado Gold conference in September 2015. He talks about his daily dedication to writing and the series he's producing for Wordfire Press called The Juniper Wars. As he puts it, the series is "cowgirls with machine guns on a post-apocalyptic cattle drive." Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of three books--The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King and Elizabeth's Midnight. He is also the author of numerous collaborations and short stories, including a story in the upcoming Nightmares Unhinged, an anthology from Hex Publishers.

 

Show Notes

Aaron Michael Ritchey: aaronmritchey.com

WordFire Press: wordfirepress.com

DeAnna Knippling: wonderlandpress.com

Maggie Stiefvater: maggiestiefvater.com/the-shiver-trilogy

Anthony Trollope: www.anthonytrollope.com

The War of Art - Steven Pressfield: www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art

Gary Reilly - The Asphalt Warrior: theasphaltwarrior.com

Quinn Kayser Cochran: quinnkaysercochran.com

Andrew Smith - Grasshopper Jungle: www.authorandrewsmith.com/Author_Andrew_Smith/Home.html

Hex Publishers: www.hexpublishers.com

 

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For suggestions about podcast content, or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens: www.writermarkstevens.com

Jul 25, 2015

In this episode, we talk with Susan Spann, recently announced as the 2015 Writer of the Year for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Susan talks about her switch from writing unpublished historical fiction to published mysteries, about the moment of inspiration for the Shinobi Mystery series, her writing process and the Twitter hit #publaw.

 

Show Notes:

Susan Spann: www.susanspann.com

Donna Andrews: www.donnaandrews.com

Kerry Schafer: www.kerryschafer.com

Janet Lane: www.janetlane.net

James Rollins: jamesrollins.com

Lisa McCann: www.theunwantedsseries.com

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com

Jul 18, 2015

In this episode, we talk with book cover designer Kirk Douponce, who has produced over 1,000 covers for publishers and writers in his career. He's also one of the workshop presenters at the 2015 Colorado Gold Conference, to be held in September in Denver, Colorado. Kirk's workshop is titled, "Book Cover Design--Your Most Important Marketing Tool." We also chat with Susie Brooks, chair of Colorado Gold, and get an update on registrations for the conference.

 

Show Notes:

Kirk Douponce: www.dogeareddesign.com

Ronie Kendig: roniekendig.com

Bonnie Calhoun: bonniescalhoun.com

Stephen Lawhead: www.stephenlawhead.com

Mike Duran: mikeduran.com

Julie Dillon: www.juliedillonart.com

Enclave Publishing: www.enclavepublishing.com

Kathryn Lloyd--The Desk: www.thedeskonline.com/who.html

Kerry Nietz: www.nietz.com/AVIS.htm

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com

Jul 7, 2015

In this episode, we talk with speculative fiction writer Chris Mandeville. In addition to recently publishing her first novel, Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure, Chris will teach a four-hour master class at the Colorado Gold Conference in September. The class is "Everything You Need To Know to Write a Novel." Chris talks about her writing process, her inspirations and what she'll cover in the class.

 

Show Notes:

Chris Mandeville: www.chrismandeville.com

Neil Gaiman: www.neilgaiman.com

John Hart: www.johnhartfiction.com/?page id=18

Lucia St. Clair Robson: www.luciastclairrobson.com

Jeffery Deaver:  www.jefferydeaver.com

Debra Dixon--Goal, Motivation, Conflict: www.debradixon.com

 

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com

 

Jun 30, 2015

In this episode, we talk with Jack Marshall Maness, whose first novel, Song of the  Jayhawk, the first in a trilogy just won the 2015 Colorado Book Award in historical fiction. Jack talks about his writing and research process and about the writer's collective that supports his writing and publication efforts. He also reads the opening passage from this novel.

 

Show Notes:

2015 Book Award Winners:  www.coloradohumanities.org/content/colorado-book-awards-winners-announced

More about Jack Marshall Maness:  jackmarshallmaness.com

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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org.

Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens: www.writermarkstevens.com

Jun 19, 2015

On this episode, we talk with Janet Lane, whose romance Traitor's Moon was just named as the winner in the historical category for the Holt Medallion Award. Janet talks about her long journey to publication and about the transition from being a traditionally published author to doing everything herself, right down to using her daughter for the covers of her books.

 

Show Notes:

2015 Holt Award Winners: http://www.virginiaromancewriters.com/Contests/holtwinners.html

More about Janet Lane: www.janetlane.net

More about Story Magic: http://www.discoveringstorymagic.com/

Intro music courtesy of Moby Gratis

Outro music courtesy of Dan-O-Songs

 

For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens:  www.writermarkstevens.com 

Jun 10, 2015

On the second episode of the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast, RMFW Colorado Gold Contest Chair Chris Devlin talks about what's new in the 2015 version of the contest, which is now open to all aspiring writers.  Note:  Contest closes June 1!

Also, 2015 Writer of the Year nominee Susan Spann, author of the Shinobi Mysteries, including the forthcoming Flask of the Drunken Master (St. Martin's Press, July 2015), offers some advice about writing across gender.

 

Show Notes:

More about the Colorado Gold Contest rules and instructions:  http://rmfw.org/contest/

More about Colorado Gold Contest Chair Chris Devlin:  http://www.chrisdevlinwrites.com/

More about Susan Spann: http://www.susanspann.com/

For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org.  Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Jun 10, 2015

Chapter 1

   ~with Gwen Florio starts at 1:30

On the third episode of the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast, mystery writer Gwen Florio calls in from Missoula, Montana where she played a key role in the reporting that led up to Jon Krakauer’s new non-fiction book, “Missoula,” about rape and sexual assault at the University of Montana. Florio also talks about what’s new with her mystery series featuring reporter Lola Wicks.

More about the Gwen Florio: http://www.gwenflorio.net

More about Jon Krakauer: http://www.jonkrakauer.com/


Chapter 2

   ~with Jim Heskett starts at 27:30

Also, Jim Heskett, the voice of Indie Author Answers, talks about how his podcast helps find readers. He also talks about his new book, Wounded Animals, the beginning of The Whistleblower Trilogy.

More about Jim Heskett: http://www.jimheskett.com



For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Jun 10, 2015

In the inaugural podcast, host Mark Stevens interviews RMFW Writer of the Year Shannon Baker about her new book contract; chats with writer Charles Senesman about his tips on writing the dreaded "synopsis" that every writer needs to query or pitch; and talks with Colorado Gold Conference "goddess" Suzie Brooks about the upcoming three-day event in September.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication of commercial fiction.  

Jun 10, 2015

2015 Holt Award Finalist Tina Ann Forkner (“Waking Up Joy”) talks about her process for writing romance, describes how she makes time for her art, and shares her thoughts about how fiction is categorized.

And science fiction writer James Norris previews a free RMFW workshop he’s giving on June 13 (1 p.m. in Castle Rock) about boosting character conflict using a free software, Lucid Chart.

Show Notes:

Chapter 1 with Tina Ann Forkner at 1:36.
Chapter 2 with James Norris starts at 47:00.

More about Tina Ann Forkner: https://tinaannforkner.wordpress.com/
More about the Holt Medallion Awards: http://www.virginiaromancewriters.com/Contests/holtwinners.html
More about James Norris: http://home.wamego.net/jnorris/
More about Lucid Charts: https://www.lucidchart.com/personahomepage
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For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.
Host Mark Stevens: www.writermarkstevens.com

Jun 10, 2015

Historical Novelist Heather Webb talks about "Becoming Josephine," "Rodin's Lover" and the master class she will be giving as part of the Colorado Gold Conference in Denver. Her workshop is called "I Hear Voices - The Art and Craft of the Distinctive Voice." 

She also chats about her work in progress and an anthology she developed that will be out next year (2016) from Harper Collins.

 

Show Notes:

More about Heather Webb:  www.heatherwebbauthor.com

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Outro Music courtesy of Dan-o-Songs

For suggestions about podcast content or to comment on the show, email podcast@rmfw.org.

Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

Host Mark Stevens: www.writermarkstevens.com

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