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Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

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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 c… read more

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Writer of the Year Speeches

October 19th, 2021


This time on the podcast, the Writer of the Year speech by Sue Hinkin and the Independent Writer of the Year speech by Andre Gonzalez — both …

Jon Marcantoni & The Colorado Author Program at Tattered Cover Bookstore

October 7th, 2021


Jon Marcantoni is the Local Author Coordinator at Tattered Cover as well as the founder of LCG Media, a publishing and multimedia company. He is the …

Andre Gonzalez, 2021 Independent Writer of the Year

October 1st, 2021


Andre Gonzalez is the international bestselling author of the Wealth of Time Series. He writes time-travel, thriller, and horror books after spending many years reading and studying the works of Stephen King and Dean …

Tasha Christensen - Debut Novel "As You Were" and Prepping for NaNoWriMo

September 19th, 2021


Tasha Christensen believes the best love stories are found in the geekiest places. When not composing tuba closet make-out scenes, she enjoys writing music, getting way too competitive about board games, and exploring …

David Slayton & Trailer Park Trickster

September 17th, 2021


David R. Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters …

RMFW President Sue Duff Loeffler - COVID Protections for Colorado Gold

September 14th, 2021


A conversation with RMFW president Sue Duff Loeffler about the protections being put in place for the Colorado Gold conference coming up Oct. 15 - 17 …

Kerry Anne King - "Other People's Things" and Two Workshops at Colorado Gold

September 10th, 2021


Kerry Anne King (who also writes as Kerry Schafer) is a Washington Post and Amazon charts bestselling author who writes compelling and transformational stories about family and personal growth. She loves to add in …

Shannon Baker - The Kate Fox Series, Structuring a Novel, and Interviewing a Renowned Mystery Writer

September 3rd, 2021


Shannon Baker is author of the Kate Fox Mystery series. Set in rural Nebraska cattle country, according to a starred review in Library Journal, "Baker’s writing evokes the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills, and her …

Stephanie Kane - Two New Books, Two Workshops at Colorado Gold

August 20th, 2021


Stephanie Kane  is a lawyer and award-winning author of seven crime novels. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she came to Colorado as a freshman at The …

Claire Fishback & The Gorging of Souls

August 15th, 2021


Award winning author Claire L. Fishback lives in Morrison, Colorado with her loving husband and their pit bull mix. When she isn’t writing, she …

2021 Colorado Gold Keynote Speaker Gail Carriger

July 31st, 2021


Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and sexy urban fantasy as G. L. Carriger). Her steampunk books include the …

Kathleen Donnelly & Chasing Justice

July 25th, 2021


Kathleen Donnelly is a K-9 handler for Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines—a Colorado based private narcotics K-9 company. In 2015, she was the …

2021 Colorado Gold Keynote Speaker John DeDakis

July 16th, 2021


Novelist and writing coach John DeDakis is a former editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." 

DeDakis is the author of five …

Kerry Schafer & Going Indie With "Dead Before Dinner"

July 6th, 2021


Kerry Schafer writes fantasy and paranormal mysteries featuring fun supernatural chills, dark humor, and quirky characters. In addition to writing, she is enthusiastic about encouraging and supporting other writers as a …

Ashley Wyrick & Writing Query Letters that are "Simple, Solid, Striking"

July 2nd, 2021


Ashley Wyrick is the owner and chief editor of Status Quill, an editing firm she founded in 2015. With over seven years of experience in the …

2021 Colorado Gold Keynote Speaker Rachel Howzell Hall

June 24th, 2021


Rachel Howzell Hall, one of the amazing keynote speakers coming to Colorado Gold this October, is the critically acclaimed author and Los Angeles …

All About the 2021 Edition of the Colorado Gold Writing Conference with Kate Jonuska and Mira Landry

June 5th, 2021


This time on the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast, all about the 2021 edition of the Colorado Gold Writing Conference coming up in October -- October 15 …

L.R. Braden & Of Mettle & Magic

May 29th, 2021


Born and raised in Colorado, LR Braden makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and …

Writer of the Year Nominees - L.R. Braden, Sue Hinkin & Cindi Myers

May 20th, 2021


On the podcast this time, an interview with the three nominees for 2021 Writer of the Year: L.R. Braden, Sue Hinkin, and Cindi Myers.


L.R. Braden is the bestselling author of the Magicsmith urban fantasy series. Her …

Mario Acevedo & Luther, Wyoming

May 15th, 2021


Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press.

His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes …

Doug Adcock & The Edward Hunter Spy Adventure Series

May 10th, 2021


Doug Adcock has been writing for thirty years, but published his first Edward Hunter adventure in 2016.

He taught English, history, and drama to over 1000 students on four continents. Now retired, he splits his time …

Rachel Dempsey & The Social Dilemma

May 1st, 2021


Rachel Dempsey has written and directed over a dozen plays for numerous acclaimed theater organizations such as Imagination Stage and ArtStream.

Her …

Independent Writer of the Year Nominees - Helen Starbuck, Tom Farrell, and Andre Gonzalez

April 21st, 2021


This time on the podcast, a group interview with the three nominees for Independent Writer of the Year.

Andre Gonzalez is the international bestselling author of the Wealth of Time Series. He writes time-travel, …

ZJ Czupor and Sue Hinkin: All About the 2021 Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards

April 11th, 2021


This time on the podcast, all about the 2021 edition of the Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards.

The guests are contest co-chairs ZJ Czupor and Sue …

Joy Meredith & Old Cravings

April 3rd, 2021


Joy Meredith, who writes as Joy Jarrett, enjoys imagining something creepy in every situation, starting with a fourth-grade theater production when she became convinced a monster lived under the stage.

She might not let …

Amy Drayer & The 2022 RMFW Anthology

March 29th, 2021


Amy Drayer grew up a free-range kid on a charming island in the Pacific Northwest, then migrated south to attend Scripps College in California.

She …

Mandy Miller & States of Grace

March 21st, 2021


Mandy Miller is an attorney and holds a J.D. from Northwestern University, as well as a PhD degree in Psychology. She specializes in the …

Karla M. Jay & It Happened In Silence

March 14th, 2021


Karla M. Jay has wanted to write books since she was seven. Originally from the east coast, she makes her home in Salt Lake City.

Over the years she has written in several different genres ranging from humor to noir, …

Maggie Smith: How To Be A Top-Notch Podcast Guest

March 9th, 2021


NOTE: Apologies for audio issues on the first recording of this conversation. This version is new and clear.

Maggie Smith lives in Wisconsin and her …

Tom Farrell & WagerEasy

February 22nd, 2021


Tom Farrell has worked as a golf course starter, a chemist and clerked at City Hall in Chicago while attending law school. He has served as …

Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel: Writing Romance in 2021

February 14th, 2021


It's Valentine's Day so we are talking about writing romance on the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast with Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel.

Kathleen Duhamel wrote and illustrated her first short story at the age of eight …

Tasha Christensen & As You Were

February 7th, 2021


Tasha Christensen believes the best love stories are found in the geekiest places. When not composing tuba closet make-out scenes, Christensen enjoys
writing music, losing friends via Among Us, and exploring the …

Kate Lansing & A Pairing to Die For

January 31st, 2021


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

Kate's love for mysteries began when …

Pam Nowak & Never Let Go

January 24th, 2021


Pamela Nowak has been an RMFW member since 1993. She’s served in multiple board positions and volunteer roles including president and conference …

Paul Martz & Life as a New Writer

January 17th, 2021


Paul Martz is a new science fiction author, technology blogger, and former punk rock drummer. Before focusing on fiction and blogging, he wrote …

Anita Mumm & The Pitch Perfect Workshop - How to Make the Most of Face Time With an Agent

January 10th, 2021


Anita Mumm is an independent developmental editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant.

Her home base is Salida, Colorado, where she co-hosts the …

Linda Ditchkus & Tips on Writing Series Fiction

January 2nd, 2021


Linda Ditchkus, who writes as L.V. DITCHKUS, has a new short story in the anthology FIRST ENCOUNTERS, published recently by RMFW's speculative …

Wendy Howard & Paul Martz - First Encounters

December 21st, 2020


Wendy Howard, who writes under the name Winnie Jean Howard, leads the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Speculative Fiction Critique Group.

She writes …

Melissa Payne & Memories in the Drift

December 13th, 2020


As a middle child, Melissa Payne was born to tell stories. What started with blaming her brother for breaking the car window evolved to a graduate …

Bonnie McCune & The Passion for Writing

December 7th, 2020


Bonnie McCune has been writing since age ten, when she submitted a poem about rain rushing down the gutter to the Saturday Evening Post (it was immediately rejected).

This interest ignited a passion for writing of all …

RMFW Pitch Fest Details With Kevin Wolf and Anne Marie

November 25th, 2020


Pitch Fest is coming.

Repeat: Pitch Fest is coming.

Saturday, Jan. 30!

A key registration date for RMFW member is coming up next week -- on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

On the podcast this time, we've got the organizers of Pitch …

Kris Abel-Helwig & I Wish My Words Tasted Better

November 17th, 2020


Majoring in Graphic Design at the University of Illinois led to Kris Abel-Helwig's career in visual communications in Chicago.

After marrying her best friend, Kris worked in cities throughout the United States as the …

James Persichetti & The Sapling's Curse

November 8th, 2020


James is a writer, freelance developmental editor, and teacher for writing craft workshops. His debut, The Sapling's Curse, is a gay romance Arthurian
legends graphic novel, illustrated by LB, and will publish in 2023 …

PG Lengsfelder & Our Song, Memento Mori

November 1st, 2020


PG Lengsfelder wrote and edited his first newspaper at age 7, a time when he thought he was destined to be a fireman or a forest ranger.

But when …

Gwen Florio & Best Laid Plans

October 23rd, 2020


Gwen Florio, who lives in Montana, is the author of the award-winning Lola Wicks crime series, as
well as Silent Hearts, a standalone novel set in …

TH Leatherman & Twin Sons

October 17th, 2020


Todd Leatherman, who writes as TH Leatherman, is a writer from Firestone, Colorado.

He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, wine making, and the Rocky …

Teresa Funke & The Spanish Translation of V for Victory

October 4th, 2020


Teresa Funke is the author of seven novels for adults and children about World War II, including Remember Wake, Dancing in Combat Boots, Doing My Part

Jason Henry Evans - New Education Chair for RMFW

September 27th, 2020


Jason Henry Evans has been an active member in the Colorado Writing community for over five years. Recently, he volunteered to be Rocky Mountain …

Panel: Writer of the Year & Independent Writer of the Year

September 23rd, 2020


This episode of the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast is the audio from the Writer of the Year and the Independent Writer of the Year panel held on August 27. This was an online event with Writer of the Year Kerry Schafer, …

Kerry Anne King & A Borrowed Life

September 20th, 2020


Kerry Anne King (who also writes as Kerry Schafer) is a Washington Post and Amazon charts bestselling author who writes compelling and transformational stories about family and personal growth.

She loves to add in …

Linda Keir & The Three Mrs. Wrights

September 15th, 2020


On the podcast this time, the writing team that goes by the name Linda Keir.

Linda Joffe Hull writes mystery and contemporary fiction under her own …

WILD: Uncivilized Tales - Five Readings

August 30th, 2020


In the previous episode, we chatted with Rachel Delaney Craft and Natasha Watts, the co-editors of WILD: Uncivilized Tales, the soon-to-be released …

Rachel Delaney Craft, Natasha Watts & WILD: Uncivilized Tales

August 24th, 2020


This week, a chat with the co-editors of WILD, the soon-to-be released short story anthology from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

Rachel Delaney …

Fleur Bradley & Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

August 16th, 2020


Fleur Bradley is the author of many middle-grade books aimed at reluctant readers, including the (spooky) mystery Midnight at the Barclay Hotel.

Fleur is passionate about two things: mysteries and getting kids to read, …

The Colorado Writers Collaborative

August 9th, 2020


In this year of physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers has joined forces with Northern Colorado Writers and …

Aimie K. Runyan & Across the Winding River

August 2nd, 2020


Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history's unsung heroines.

She has written five historical novels, including the internationally bestselling Daughters of the Night Sky.

Her most recent novel, Girls on the Line, was …

Michelle Kellogg & Camp NaNoWriMo

July 27th, 2020


Michelle Kellogg is an avid proponent of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and she’s been both a winning participant for 13 years and Municipal Liaison for the Denver Region for 12 years.

She currently has one …

Margaret Mizushima & Hanging Falls

July 19th, 2020


Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries.

She serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and was elected the …

David R. Slayton & White Trash Warlock

July 12th, 2020


David R. Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters …

Terri Benson & The Pickup Artist

June 29th, 2020


A writer since grade school, Terri Benson first considered herself a “real” writer when she got paid for a humorous article - and hasn’t stopped …

Ryanne Glenn & Break of Darkness

June 21st, 2020


Ryanne Glenn began writing as a way to battle depression and continued because she believed she had a story to share. An avid reader herself, Ryanne …

Mario Acevedo & Protectors of Atlantis

June 14th, 2020


Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press.

His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes …

Janet Fogg & Misfortune Annie and The Voodoo Curse

June 8th, 2020


Janet Fogg’s focus on writing began in the 1990's while CFO for the coolest architectural firm in Colorado.

Fifteen writing awards later she resigned …

Brenda Hardwick & The Conductor

May 31st, 2020


Brenda Hardwick remembers high school when she first picked up a copy of The Lord of the Rings: she was hooked!

Brenda has been a writer since third …

Marta Lee Lane & The Poem Painter

May 25th, 2020


Marta Lee Lane is a full-time aspiring novelist living in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

At age 43, she left a 25-year career in the television …

Scott Graham & Mesa Verde Victim

May 11th, 2020


Scott Graham is the author of the nationally acclaimed National Park Mystery Series, featuring archaeologist Chuck Bender and Chuck’s wife, paramedic …

Joshua Viola & Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena

May 4th, 2020


Joshua Viola is a four-time Colorado Book Award finalist and co-author of the Denver Moon series with Warren Hammond.

His comic book collection,

Tiffany Yates Martin & Intuitive Editing

April 27th, 2020


Developmental book editor Tiffany Yates Martin is privileged to help authors tell their stories as effectively, compellingly, and truthfully as …

Angie Hodapp & Query Craft

April 19th, 2020


Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency.

A graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, …

O.E. Tearmann & Aces and Eights

April 12th, 2020


Olivia Wylie is a professional landscaper who specializes in the restoration of neglected gardens. When the weather keeps her indoors, she
enjoys researching and writing about plants, futures, and human connection. She …

Sue Hinkin & The Burn Patient

April 6th, 2020


Raised in Chicagoland, Sue Hinkin is a former college administrator, television news photographer and NBC-TV art department staffer.

With a B.A. from …

Melissa Payne & The Secrets of Lost Stones

March 30th, 2020


For as long as she can remember, Melissa Payne has been telling stories in one form or another—from high school newspaper articles to a graduate …

ZJ Czupor & Mindy McIntyre - The Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards

March 22nd, 2020


ZJ Czupor is co-chair, with Sue Hinkin, of the Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. ZJ also serves as vice …

Diane Byington & If She Had Stayed

March 15th, 2020


Diane Byington has been a tenured college professor, yoga teacher, psychotherapist, and executive coach. Also, she raised goats for fiber and once …

Melissa Koons & Thomas A. Fowler

March 11th, 2020


Melissa Koons is a writer, blogger, and book formatter for Write Illusion. She has won 3 awards for her writing and has multiple traditionally and …

Wendy Terrien & The Forge of Bonds

March 8th, 2020


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

Wendy is Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2017-2018 Independent Writer of …

Kate Lansing & Killer Chardonnay

February 27th, 2020


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

Her love for mysteries …

Nathan Lowell & Cape Grace

February 22nd, 2020


Nathan Lowell has been a full time self published author since 2012. His goal in 2020 is to write 2000 new words every day and publish as many of …

Kristy Ferrin & The Poison of Woedenwoud

February 14th, 2020


Kristy Ferrin - a.k.a. K. Ferrin - is the author of the stand alone young adult fantasy novel Magicless as well as the new adult fantasy series …

Carol Berg & A Conjuring of Assassins

February 7th, 2020


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

She also writes the …

Dacia Arnold & Resistance

January 29th, 2020


Dacia M Arnold is an award-winning American novelist, mother, and ten-year Army Veteran. She is the author of dystopian science fiction. As a …

Harper McDavid & Zapata

January 20th, 2020


Harper McDavid (a.k.a Mary Johnson) lives in Morrison with her husband, two dogs and big-boned cat. Her debut novel, Zapata, a romantic suspense, was …

Travis Heerman & Dawn of the Deadly Fang

January 11th, 2020


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

His …

Kevin Ikenberry and Quincy J. Allen & The Enforcer

January 3rd, 2020


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

Kevin Ikenberry is a life-long space geek, retired Army …

Lisa Brown Roberts & The Bookworm Crush

December 14th, 2019


Award-winning young adult author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of accidentally tweezing off both eyebrows, or …

Jennifer Kincheloe & The Body in Griffith Park

December 7th, 2019


Jennifer Kincheloe is a research scientist and writer of historical mysteries. Her novels take place in 1900's Los Angeles among the police matrons …

Dan Grant & Thirteen Across

November 25th, 2019


Dan Grant is the bestselling thriller writer of The Singularity Witness and, more recently, Thirteen Across. He loves intriguing tales that weave …

Susan Spann & Ghost of the Bamboo Road

November 18th, 2019


Susan Spann is the award-winning author of the Hiro Hattori mystery novels, featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo. The latest in the series, BGhost of the Bamboo Road, was published …

Laura VanArendonk Baugh & NaNoWriMo

November 4th, 2019


Laura VanArendonk Baugh was born at a very early age and never looked back. She overcame childhood deficiencies of having been born without teeth and unable to walk, and in time she became a behavior analyst, an …

Teresa Funke & Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life

October 28th, 2019


Teresa Funke embodies the modern artist/entrepreneur. She is the owner of Teresa Funke & Company, Victory House Press, and Bursts of Brilliance. …

Laurence MacNaughton & Forever and a Doomsday

October 21st, 2019


Laurence MacNaughton is back with the fourth installment in his urban fantasy series what one reviewer called “demon fueled romantic comedies.”

The latest Dru Jasper novel is called Forever and A Doomsday and it just …

Kerry Anne King & Every Thing You Are

October 14th, 2019


In her new novel Every Thing You Are, Kerry Anne King says the two halves of her writing life got a chance to work together.

Kerry’s other self is, in fact, her original self—Kerry Schafer—and there’s a “smidge,” she …

Charles Kowalski & Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts

October 7th, 2019


Charles Kowalski is making a dramatic switch in his writing, from contemporary political thrillers to middle grade fantasy set in 17th century Japan.

Anita Mumm & Writing Fiction Readers Can Taste

September 30th, 2019


We’ve got writer and editor Anita Mumm on the podcast this time for a sneak peek of her free October workshop—A Feast for the Senses, Writing Fiction Readers Can Taste.

That workshop is Oct. 12, Saturday afternoon from …

Marc Graham & Son of the Sea, Daughter of the Sun

September 20th, 2019


Marc Graham is in the middle of a busy book-launching year. Last Spring, Graham’s second novel Song of Songs, a novel about the Queen of Sheba, was published by Blank Slate Press and in a few short weeks Graham takes us …

Colorado Gold - Writer of the Year & Independent Writer of the Year

September 10th, 2019


The podcast this time is a live recording of two speeches given Saturday, Sept. 7 at the annual three-day Colorado Gold conference.

The first speech …

Linda Keir & Drowning With Others

August 31st, 2019


What if you had a husband and wife who each suspected the other of murder?

That simple plot idea into Drowning With Others, the second novel from the …

Stephanie Kane & A Perfect Eye

August 24th, 2019


After a fourteen-year break since her last book, Stephanie returns with a new novel coming out next month.

A Perfect Eye is a mystery-thriller set in and around the Denver Art Museum featuring painting conservator Lily …

Mark Pleiss & April Warnings

August 17th, 2019


The first novel from Mark Pleiss is called April Warnings and it’s a series of interconnected stories set in and around Baxter County in Nebraska as a twister bears down.

The narratives are connected by the Midwestern …

Chuck Greaves & Church of the Graveyard Saints

August 11th, 2019


Chuck Greaves new novel, The Church of the Graveyard Saints, is a literary mystery with a love triangle and an eco-thriller finish and it’s also the first novel Chuck has written that’s set in and around his adopted …

Susan Smith

July 30th, 2019


So you’ve finished a draft of your novel and you’re ready to submit to agents and editors. You’ve checked it, you’ve read it. A few friends said it’s good to go.

Not so fast.

Susan Smith has just the class for you—a …

Sara Dahmen

July 21st, 2019


Among the special guests at this year's Colorado Gold conference is Sara Dahmen, whose is heading to Denver from Wisconsin to teach a master class …

Anne Hillerman

July 13th, 2019


As Anne Hillerman describes it, she was shaking in her boots when she first set about writing new mysteries featuring the iconic characters Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn—characters created by her father, Tony Hillerman, and …

John Gilstrap

July 7th, 2019


Writers, John Gilstrap thinks you should cut yourself a bit of slack.

Let the story flow. Get comfortable in your own writer’s skin. Stop copying the …

Claire L. Fishback & The Blood of Seven

June 25th, 2019


Claire L. Fishback, who enjoys scaring readers more than a little, is having a busy year. In March, she released LUMP: A Collection of Short Stories, …

Rebecca Rowley & How To Be Funny and Make People Fat

June 9th, 2019


And now for something completely different. And funny.

Feeling a little down? Feeling a little blue or stressed out?

This interview with Rebecca Rowley just might cure a few ills.

Rebecca is here with her new book, How …

Stephanie Reisner - Independent Writer of the Year Finalist

June 6th, 2019


What do stalkers, erotica, and the Russian mob have in common? That’s right--today’s interview with Stephanie Reisner. Aside from the flashy stuff, …

Kay Bergstrom - Writer of the Year Finalist

May 31st, 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 …

Scott Graham & Arches Enemy

May 13th, 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 …

Lori Johnson - Independent Writer of the Year Finalist

May 6th, 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, …

Margaret Mizushima - Writer of the Year Finalist

April 29th, 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. 

Bernadette Marie - Independent Writer of the Year Finalist

April 22nd, 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 …

Aimie K. Runyan - Writer of the Year Finalist

April 16th, 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 …

Ian Shane & Postgraduate

April 3rd, 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, …

Charles McNamara & Ineke's Mitten

March 25th, 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 …

"False Faces" Anthology Produces Two "Best American Mysteries"

March 14th, 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, …

Sue Hinkin & Low Country Blood

March 10th, 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 …

James Persichetti & Lost Hat Editorial

March 7th, 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 …

Terri Benson: The Book in a Day Education Event

February 28th, 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 …

Mandy Mikulencak & Forgiveness Road

February 22nd, 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 …

Colleen Oakes & The Black Coats

February 7th, 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 …

Sandra Murphy - The Voice Mama

February 3rd, 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 …

LS Hawker & The Throwaways

January 20th, 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 …

Shannon Baker & The Kate Fox Mystery Series

January 8th, 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 …

The Agent Episode

January 3rd, 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 …

Natasha Watts & Anatomy of Emotion

January 1st, 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 …

Rahcel Delaney Craft & The Next RMFW Short-Story Anthology

December 19th, 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 …

David R Slayton & Ghost Dragon

December 13th, 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 …

Kate Jonuska & Colorado Resistance Reads

November 28th, 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 …

Dacia Arnold & Apparent Power

November 21st, 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 …

Susan Spann & 100 Summits

November 11th, 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 …

Marc Graham & Runes for Writers

October 29th, 2018


Futhark, the Runic aplphabet, is a key component in Marc Graham's process known as Runes for Writers.

The ancient system helps storytellers more easily access the realm of ideas, the world of the Muses, the Source of …

False Faces: Live at The Tattered Cover

October 27th, 2018


This episode of the Rocky Mountain Writer is a live recording of the event held at The Tattered Cover in Denver on Oct. 25th to celebrate the release …

Tim Weed & A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing

October 16th, 2018


Tim Weed’s recent short story collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly-Fishing, was recently released as an audio book, following the paperback …

Laurence MacNaughton & No Sleep 'Til Doomsday

October 5th, 2018


It’s not often we get an excuse to include discussion of the theremin here on the Rocky Mountain Writer, so we had to jump at the chance when Laurence MacNaughton mentioned he’s been fiddling around with the strange …

TH Leatherman & Son Rise

September 24th, 2018


Todd Leatherman, who writes as TH Leatherman, published the third book in his ongoing sci-fi series earlier this month.

It's called Son Rise and it …

2018 Colorado Gold First-Timers

September 20th, 2018


Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' 2018 Colorado Gold Conference was held from Sept. 7 - 9 at The Renaissance Hotel in Denver.

This year, podcast host …

David S. Atkinson & Roses Are Red, Violets Are Stealing Loose Change From My Pockets While I Sleep

September 18th, 2018


This time on the podcast, two short stories and an interview with the writer, David S. Atinkson.

David, who was last on the podcast more than 18 …

Joy Meredith & Three Colorado Gold Finalist Entries

September 4th, 2018


Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers runs a contest for unpublished writers. It's called Colorado Gold and the winners are announced during the …

Maggie Smith & Short Stories, Podcasts, and Developmental Editing

August 28th, 2018


The first short story Maggie Smith ever wrote, "The Devil You Know," is being published in the brand new short story anthology, False Faces, from …

Liz Roadifer & The Trouble With Fairies

August 24th, 2018


Liz Roadifer writes in two completely different worlds.

One work is dark thrillers. The other is romantic fantasy.

It’s the romantic fantasy that’s making news. Liz recently learned that The Trouble With Fairies won a …

Live WOTY and iWOTY Panel at Tattered Cover

August 17th, 2018


Recorded live at The Tattered Cover on Tuesday, August 14—the annual panel for the finalists for Independent Writer of the Year and Writer of the Year, this year moderated by current Independent Writer of the Year Wendy …

Linda Keir & The Swing of Things

August 15th, 2018


Linda Hull is the author of the Mrs. Frugalicious Mystery Series, a couple of romance novels, and The Big Bang – a book that Library Journal called a …

Jeanne Winer & Her Kind of Case

August 9th, 2018


For decades, Jeanne Winer was a successful criminal defense attorney based in Boulder. Over 35 years she represented thousands of individuals and her …

Janet Fogg - 2018 Honored Guiding Member

July 26th, 2018


Recently, RMFW started recognizing its Honored Guiding Members and this time on the podcast we’ve got the 2018 honoree, Janet Fogg.

Janet joined RMFW …

Warren Hammond & Denver Moon

July 23rd, 2018


Warren Hammond is never lost in space.

In fact, he’s quite at home away from planet Earth

His KOP trilogy was set on a planet called Lagarto and his standalone, The Tides of Maritinia was set on, you guessed it, a …

Kerry Anne King & Whisper Me This

July 19th, 2018


Kerry Anne King’s Whisper Me This officially launches on August 1 but it’s already being reviewed on Amazon and is ranked way up there among all top fiction – in fact, when we recorded this interview, ranked at number …

Carol Berg & The Right Words

July 7th, 2018


As Carol Berg puts it, the difference that a single word can make is “pretty amazing.”

And Carol should know.

She has written 15 epic fantasy novels …

Christopher Paolini: Colorado Gold Keynote Preview

June 30th, 2018


Eragon. Eldest. Brisingr. Inheritance.

Those four titles should ring a bell, specifically the name of writer Christopher Paolini.

Christopher, with …

Kate Jonuska & The Dictionary of Fiction Critique

June 15th, 2018


Fresh off the publication of her highly-praised first novel Transference last year, Kate Jonuska turned around right this year with release of a book she wishes was available before she first started writing.

It’s a …

Teresa Funke & War on a Sunday Morning

June 7th, 2018


As a fiction writer, Teresa Funke celebrates ordinary people. In fact, she takes a very unusual approach to her stories—they are all based on interviews with real people.

Teresa’s latest is War on a Sunday Morning. …

Dacia Arnold & Apparent Power

May 28th, 2018


Dacia M. Arnold is an author of adult dystopian and dark fiction. She enjoys writing main characters who are otherwise normal people with …

Mandy Mikulencak & The Last Suppers

May 21st, 2018


Writer of the Year nominee Mandy Mikulencak lives outside Durango but grew up in Texas.

She has set one published novel, The Last Suppers, in …

Brian M. Taylor & 12 Blackened Petals

May 14th, 2018


Brian M. Taylor is a 41-year-old writer who lives outside of Denver. As he puts it in his official bio, Brian has spent his life learning new skills …

Gwen Florio & Silent Hearts

May 9th, 2018


Writer of the Year finalist Gwen Florio, interviewed by Natasha Watts, talks about her writing influences, the differences and similarities between journalism and writing fiction, her most recent mystery releases and …

Paul Toth & Science Fiction Ideas

April 23rd, 2018


Paul Toth’s interest in science fiction may have started in an extremely remote town in Alaska where fantasy role playing helped add to the variety …

Kristen Lamb - Stories & Branding

April 12th, 2018


Every Spring, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers puts on a day-long education event.

This year, the event will be held on Saturday, May 12 and it’s a two-parter. In the morning, it’s The Art of Storytelling and in the …

Shannon Baker - 2017 RMFW Writer of the Year

April 4th, 2018


Last summer, Shannon Baker was named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year – for the second time!

So life as a published writer should …

Sue Hinkin & Deadly Focus

March 30th, 2018


Sue Hinkin, interviewed by Natasha Watts, talks about her debut thriller, "Deadly Focus."

The chat covers writing realistic, diverse characters, the importance of critique groups and community, and her book signing …

Sue Duff & Dim The Lights

March 11th, 2018


When Sue Duff started writing The Weir Chronicles, she knew she wanted an out-of-the-ordinary super hero. She came up with Ian Black, an illusionist with a talent for keeping secrets. She also came up with the Weir, a …

John E. Stith & Pushback

March 4th, 2018


Every now and then, writing gets “sidetracked by life.”

Just ask John Stith.

After a productive stretch of writing mystery-tinged science fiction novels in the 1980’s and 1980’s, life got in the way.

So writing took an …

Chris Goff & Writing Mysteries During Fraught Times

February 25th, 2018


This coming Saturday—March 3—the Colorado Book Festival descends on the downtown Denver Public Library with over 100 authors and a whole day of talks …

Alissa Johnson & Setting Achievable Goals

February 20th, 2018


Award winning writer and WritingStrides coach Alissa Johnson is the guest. Alissa recently presented to the Western Slope group in Grand Junction and she will give RMFW's free monthly talk in March, "Writing Reset: …

Mike Houtz & Dark Spiral Down

February 16th, 2018


Mike Houtz just signed a deal with Wild Rose Press to publish his first novel, Dark Spiral Down.

The deal wouldn’t have happened had Mike not signed …

Pamela Nowak & Colorado Gold Conference Workshop Proposals

February 9th, 2018


In the words of Pamela Nowak, there are “tough decisions” ahead.

That’s because she and her committee will receive three times as many proposals for …

Jason Evans & Writing Memorable Villains

February 2nd, 2018


On Saturday February 17, Jason Evans is leading RMFW’s free monthly workshop and if you have trouble developing and writing your bad guy, this session might be just what you need.

The program is about writing memorable …

Susan Brooks & Colorado Gold Planning - Literary Wanderlust Update

January 20th, 2018


As soon as we turned the corner into 2018, the conference planning for 2018 kicked into gear.

In fact, planning started much earlier but RMFW members and others were notified a couple of weeks ago that they now have the …

Wendy Terrien: RMFW's 2017 Independent Writer of the Year

January 4th, 2018


Last summer, Wendy Terrien was named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Independent Writer of the Year.

In August, she published two novels on the same day. Both were sequels to her first novel, The Rampart Guards, which …

Jennifer Rose & The Book of Keys

December 31st, 2017


Jennifer Rose might have just what you need as you begin to ponder your writing goals and plans for 2018.

On Saturday, Jan. 6 Jennifer is presenting RMFW’s free monthly workshop at the Sam Gary Branch library in Denver.

Denitta Ward & Somewhere Still

December 17th, 2017


Denitta Ward will tell you that she did it all backwards.

But she got on the path to publication earlier this year when took RMFW’s online course …

Pat Stoltey & Wishing Caswell Dead

December 5th, 2017


Pat Stoltey’s fourth novel comes out in just a few short weeks (Dec.20) and it’s been quite a ride.

Revised and revised some more, Pat says that one …

Kevin Wolf & Brokeheart

November 26th, 2017


This time, a story of going with the flow.

After writing for more than a decade, Kevin Wolf won a major award in a writing contest and the prize …

Saytchyn Maddux-Creech & Writing Short Stories

November 17th, 2017


Are you comfortable writing short stories? Have you thought about it, but don’t know how or where to begin?

Saytchyn Maddux-Creech is here to help.

Saytchyn is teaching a 15-day online class called, Write An Amazing …

Emily Littlejohn & A Season to Lie

November 13th, 2017


Emily Littlejohn says luck may have played a small role in getting her first novel published, but so did hard work and listening to feedback from …

Jayme H. Mansfield & Rush

October 31st, 2017


Jayme H. Mansfield found fiction in her own family history.

Rush, her second novel, launches Nov. 1 and it's based on the life of Jayme’s great-great …

Jennifer Kincheloe & The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

October 17th, 2017


Jennifer Kincheloe is back on the podcast and she’s got a brand new historical mystery coming out in just a few short weeks.

The first book, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, was a finalist for a slew of awards and also …

Aimie K. Runyan & Daughters of the Night Sky

October 10th, 2017


After listening to this episode with historical fiction writer Aimie K. Runyan, you might want to think about keeping an idea file.

When things went flat with her first publisher, Aimie needed a Plan B and she was …

Shawn Harper & Matryoshka Blues

September 27th, 2017


Shawn Harper calls it "the good kind of hurt."

That’s the hurt from hearing a comment at your critique group that means there’s work to be done, that your work in progress is not quite ready for prime time.

On Oct. 7, …

Jeff Lockwood Poisoned Justice

September 19th, 2017


Episode #100 of the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast comes down to three things: insects, noir and a preview of the upcoming workshop this weekend on bone forensics.

The guest is  writer Jeff Lockwood, who earned a …

Kerry Schafer/Kerry Anne King - World Tree Girl, I Wish You Happy

September 12th, 2017


We last checked in with Kerry Schafer way back in February of 2016 and she was on the phone from her home in Washington State.

This time, we’ve got …

Peggy Waide & RMFW-U Online Classes

August 31st, 2017


The guest on the podcast this time is the only person in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers with the title of “dean.”

Peggy Waide is the dean of RMFW University, an online learning program that is offering an increasingly …

2017 Writer of the Year Panel - Live from The Tattered Cover

August 26th, 2017


Okay, friends, we did this in 2015 and 2016 and here it is again—the live taping from the panel at the Tattered Cover with the Writer of the Year and the Independent Writer of the Year finalists.

This event was taped …

Kate Jonuska & Transference

August 23rd, 2017


When she finished writing her novel Transference, Kate Jonuska came to a fork in a road and, as Yogi Berra once said, she took it.

The question was how to publish? Traditional? Or independent?

Kate was surprised that …

Alice Kober - 2017 Honored Guiding Member

August 18th, 2017


Two years ago, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers started a new tradition of recognizing Honored Guiding Members, those individuals who have significantly contributed to the success of the organization over the years. …

Curtis Craddock & An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors

August 14th, 2017


The first million words are practice, right?

Many times on the podcast we’ve had examples of patience and dedication and hard work, and this chat with Curtis Craddock is proof again of the notion that you just need to …

Fleur Bradley & The Double Vision Trilogy

August 5th, 2017


The interview with Fleur Bradley, a.k.a. F.T. Bradley, was recorded one day before the news circulated that all spots at RMFW's Colorado Gold …

Heather Webb & Deep Revision

July 23rd, 2017


"Deep Revision - Making the Good Even Better" is the title of a master class being taught by Heather Webb at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's Colorado …

Corinne OFlynn & Ghosts of Witches Past

July 12th, 2017


Corinne O’Flynn is the unflappable conference chair for RMFW’s big three day conference, Colorado Gold, coming up in early September.

But of course, …

Mario Acevedo & University of Doom

July 8th, 2017


Writer Mario Acevedo has written what he considers to be his favorite book.

It’s called University of Doom and it’s a young-adult thriller from Hex …

Peter Eichstaedt & Borderland

June 29th, 2017


Peter Eichstaedt has written non-fiction books based on his reporting all over the world, from Kosovo to Armenia, Afghanistan and Uganda (among other stops).

He also published a book called The Dangerous Divide: Peril …

Denise Vega - Writing for Teens and Toddlers

June 22nd, 2017


An interview with award-winning Denise Vega, who writes for teens and toddlers.

Denise talks about what inspired to write for young adults, how she …

Laurence MacNaughton & A Kiss Before Doomsday

June 17th, 2017


This time on the podcast we check back in with Laurence MacNaughton, whose new urban fantasy A Kiss Before Doomsday is set to launch in a few short weeks, one year after he debuted his new series with It Happened One …

Shannon Lawrence & Deconstructing Horror

May 28th, 2017


What makes a story horror?

If you ask Shannon Lawrence that basic question, be prepared for some thoughtful analysis.

The genre, she will tell you, …

Charles Kowalski & Mind Virus

May 19th, 2017


We’ve got advice this time all the way from Japan.

Charles Kowalski is only a few weeks away from the release of his first novel, Mind Virus, but it’s been a long road to reach this point.

And Charles knows it was all …

Teresa Funke & The Self-Publishing Blueprint

May 11th, 2017


Teresa Funke is a high-in-demand coach who assists writers with all sorts of advice for every step of the process.

As a writer and self-publisher, Teresa has has done some creative and innovative things that have worked.

Michael Haspil & Graveyard Shift

May 4th, 2017


Michael Haspil has a soft spot for villains.

He also a mountain of patience.

His journey to publication was so long he still doesn’t believe

Margaret Mizushima The Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series

April 20th, 2017


It’s been about 17 months since we had Margaret Mizushima on the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast, way back on episode number 23. At the time, her debut novel "Killing Trail" was a few weeks from publication and the buzz …


April 14th, 2017


The guest is Terri Benson, the Western Slope coordinator and education coordinator for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Terri provides a detailed …

Kevin Ikenberry & Sleeper Protocol

April 11th, 2017


Sleeper Protocol started with one sentence on a blank page. The sentence became a short story.

Then the short story became a novella and soon Kevin …

Kevin Michaels & Still Black Remains

April 6th, 2017


Kevin Michaels is the author of the just-released Still Black Remains, a novel that takes readers down into the gritty streets of New Jersey with gangs and the Mafia.

Michaels is the author of the critically acclaimed …

Angie Hodapp & Warren Hammond - New RMFW Anthology "False Faces"

March 30th, 2017


Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is getting ready to publish a new short story anthology in 2018: False Faces: Tales of Fakes, Frauds, and Facades

This …

Diane Byington & Run Away Home

March 26th, 2017


After seven years of writing and re-writing, Run Away Home is due out later this year or early next from Red Adept Publishing.

On the podcast, Diane …

Anita Mumm & Mumm's the Word (Freelance Editor)

March 15th, 2017


Freelance editor Anita Mumm is the guest. Anita recently made the switch from working at a Denver-based literary agency to establishing her own editing and critique services firm. Anita also made the switch from living …

Abby J. Reed & When Planets Fall

March 7th, 2017


Abby J. Reed is the guest with her first novel, When Planets Fall.

The young adult science fiction fantasy comes out later this spring from Soul Mate …

Lisa Manifold - WOTY and IWOTY Nominations

February 23rd, 2017


This episode is a quick chat with Lisa Manifold about the process for submitting nominations for the Writer of the Year and the Independent Writer of …

Lisa Hawker & End of the Road

February 18th, 2017


This episode of the Rocky Mountain Writer is a chat with Lisa (a.k.a. LS) Hawker.

LS Hawker's third novel, End of the Road, was published last month …

Marc Graham & Of Ashes and Dust

February 8th, 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 …

David Atkinson & Apocalypse All The Time

January 29th, 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 …

Jaimie Raintree & Your Most Productive Writing Year

January 15th, 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 …

Suzie Brooks & Literary Wanderlust

January 6th, 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 …

Frederick Bloetscher & The Old Coyote

December 15th, 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 …

Josh Viola & Cyber World

December 11th, 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.

Robin Owens & "Ghost Maker"

December 3rd, 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 …

Rachel Craft & Wild Magic

November 18th, 2016


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

Barbara Nickless Blood on the Tracks

November 10th, 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 …

Susan Mackay Smith Conan The Grammarian

November 6th, 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 …

Found: A Sampler from the RMFW Anthology

October 25th, 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 …

JD Dudycha & Chasing The Dream

October 14th, 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 …

Nathan Lowell - A Field Guide to Amazon

October 3rd, 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 …

J.v.L. Bell & The Lucky Hat Mine

September 29th, 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 …

Jason Evans & Writing Authentic African-American Characters

September 26th, 2016


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

Claire L. Fishback & Remembra

September 22nd, 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 …

J.A. Kazimer & "25 Things I Wish I Knew 5 Years Ago"

September 13th, 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 …

Kevin Wolf & The Homeplace

September 1st, 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 …

RMFW Writer of the Year Panel at the Tattered Cover

August 25th, 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, …

Shannon Baker & Stripped Bare

August 21st, 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 …

Dylan Yates & Vocal Training for Writers

August 9th, 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 …

Wendy J. Fox & The Pull of It

July 27th, 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.

Laurence MacNaughton & It Happened One Doomsday

July 2nd, 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 …

Jennifer Kincheloe & The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

June 21st, 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 …

Lisa Adams - The Nuts & Bolts of Tax Law (For Writers)

June 16th, 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, …

Heather Webb - Writing An Agent-Grabbing Opening

June 5th, 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 …

Susan Spann & Writing The Killer Mystery

May 29th, 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 …

Stuart Horwitz & Finish Your Book in Three Drafts

May 22nd, 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 …

Corinne O'Flynn & Prep for Colorado Gold

May 11th, 2016


Registration for Colorado Gold, RMFW's big three-day conference in September, is now open and this podcast provides a thorough preview from …

Linda Joffe Hull & Getting Involved in Writer Groups

May 5th, 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 …

Aimie K. Runyan & "Promised to the Crown"

April 24th, 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 …

Preview of Genre Con

April 17th, 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 …

Betsy Dornbusch & "The Silver Scar"

April 10th, 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 …

Eleanor Brown & Flammable Characters

April 4th, 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, …

Warren Hammond - The KOP Series & "The Tides of Maritinia"

March 27th, 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 …

J.L. Abramo + "Brooklyn Justice"

March 20th, 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 …

Colorado Gold Contest Prep

March 14th, 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 …

Marc Graham & "Of Ashes and Dust"

March 13th, 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 …

Wendy Terrien & The Rampart Guards

March 6th, 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 …

Gwen Florio & Disgraced

February 27th, 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 …

Colorado Gold 2016 - Conference Workshop Proposal Prep

February 18th, 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 …

Judith Briles - "The Book Shepherd"

February 14th, 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 …

Jack Marshall Maness & Filling the Gaps in Historical Fiction

February 7th, 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 …

Kerry Schafer & "Dead Before Dying"

February 1st, 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 …

J.D. Dudycha & "Sitting Dead Red"

January 25th, 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 …

Nathan Lowell & Going Your Own Way

January 14th, 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 …

Colleen Oakes & "Queen of Hearts"

January 5th, 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,

Lisa Manifold & IPAL

December 27th, 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 …

Kevin Wolf & Winning the Tony Hillerman Prize

December 14th, 2015


After years of entering and frequently winning writing contests at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's annual Colorado Gold contest, Colorado writer …

Margaret Mizushima & The Killing Trail

December 4th, 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 …

Linda Hull - From The Big Bang to Mrs. Frugalicious

November 20th, 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 …

Angie Hodapp - Inside the Nelson Literary Agency

November 12th, 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 …

Margo Christie - Dressing Up & Baring All

November 4th, 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 …

Joshua Viola & Hex Publishers

October 29th, 2015


On the podcast this week, author, artist, and video game developer Joshua Viola. In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The …

Pam Nowak

October 23rd, 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 …

Chris Goff

October 12th, 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 …

Ken Kirchner, a.k.a. Kendrick E Knight and his approach to Indy Publishing

October 3rd, 2015


Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' own Ken Kirchner has discovered solid success as an independent writer, publishing books only on Amazon. The former …

Terri Benson: Western Slope Coordinator for RMFW

September 14th, 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 …

Writer of the Year Panel at the Tattered Cover

September 4th, 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 …

Mario Acevedo

August 26th, 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 …

Desiree Holt

August 12th, 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 …

Aaron Michael Ritchey

August 1st, 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 …

Susan Spann - 2015 Writer of the Year

July 25th, 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 …

Kirk DouPonce--Designing Book Covers

July 18th, 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 …

Chris Mandeville, Author of "Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure"

July 7th, 2015


In this episode, we talk with speculative fiction writer Chris Mandeville. In addition to recently publishing her first novel, Seeds: a …

Jack Marshall Maness--2015 Colorado Book Award Winner

June 30th, 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 …

Janet Lane--2015 Holt Medallion Award Winner

June 19th, 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 …

Heather Webb talks about Finding Your Voice

June 9th, 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 …

Holt Finalist Tina Ann Forkner Talks Romance; James Norris Previews RMFW Workshop on Boosting Character Conflict

May 27th, 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, …

Gwen Florio on Mysteries & "Missoula;" Podcasting with Jim Heskett

May 19th, 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 …

RMFW Writing Contest; Writing Across Gender

May 11th, 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 …

Interview with Shannon Baker, RMFW Writer of the Year

April 30th, 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 …

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