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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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Michele Packard & CounterIntelligence

January 21st, 2022


Award-winning author Michele Packard comes from a military family and worked tirelessly as a cable tv executive before staying at home to raise her three children. She has written both fiction and non-fiction, using her …

Nancy Houser-Bluhm & Whispers for Terra

January 7th, 2022


Nancy Houser-Bluhm has lived in the foothills west of Denver for over 20 years with her husband and miscellaneous pets. She hails from Michigan but always had a longing for the mountains after growing up watching …

Terri Benson & The Pickup Artist

December 29th, 2021


A life-long writer, Terri Benson's fiction is both traditionally and self-published, with nearly a hundred additional articles and short stories published – many award winning. She was the Education Chair for Rocky …

Melissa Payne & The Night of Many Endings

December 17th, 2021


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 …

Nicole Sullivan: The Community-Focused World of BookBar

December 15th, 2021


Nicole Sullivan's love of all things books and reading led her to open BookBar in Spring of 2013. After studying Culinary Arts at the Colorado Art …

Kate Jonuska & Broken: A 30th Street Fiction Anthology

December 6th, 2021


Kate Jonuska is an indie author, freelance writer, and yoga teacher who is currently serving as Vice President of the RMFW Board as well as Conference Co-Chair.

Her debut novel (Transference) was a finalist for the 2017 …

John M. Campbell - Winning First Place in the Writers of the Future Contest

November 11th, 2021


John M. Campbell has made a career in the aerospace industry. Now, he speculates on the worlds currently unknown to us that science and engineering …

Kate Lansing & Mulled To Death

October 29th, 2021


Kate Lansing lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and a chair-napping tabby cat named Maple. Her love for mysteries began when she …

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 …

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