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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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Steve Stratton & Shadow Tier

March 18th, 2023


Steve Stratton started his military career at the White House Communications Agency supporting the needs of Presidents Ford and Carter, Vice Presidents Rockefeller and Mondale and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. His …

Introducing the 2024 RMFW Short Story Anthology

March 3rd, 2023


This time on the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast, a chat with the co-editors of the next Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers short story anthology, to be …

40 Years of RMFW: Interview With Chris Goff

February 23rd, 2023


Chris Goff is an award-winning author of six novels based on environmental themes and two international thrillers. A longtime member of RMFW, she has served as in nearly every capacity from critique chair to President, …

Donald Benjamin & The Road to Lavender

February 17th, 2023


Donald Paul Benjamin is an American novelist who specializes in cozy mysteries and high fantasy. He also writes about Colorado history. A U.S. Army …

Luann Koester & Hawk's Cry

February 11th, 2023


Luann Koester taught high school language arts, as well as college composition for over 26 years. A fellow of the National and Colorado Writing …

Mike Torreano & White Sands Gold

February 9th, 2023


Mike Torreano is an award-winning author with a military background and a particular interest in American history and the Old West.

His debut western …

Debra Bokur & The Lava Witch

January 26th, 2023


Debra Bokur is the author of The Dark Paradise Mysteries series from Kensington. She’s traveled the world as a writer, journalist and staff editor for various national media outlets, with more than 2,000 print pieces …

40 Years of RMFW: Interview with Jasmine Cresswell

January 21st, 2023


Jasmine Cresswell was born in Wales and educated in London, England.  Recruited by the Foreign Service, she was assigned to the British Embassy in …

Dan Lutz - One Writer's Conundrum: Shaping a Novel to Sell

January 15th, 2023


Dr. Dan Lutz began his education career and passion for international education as a high school teacher in the Teacher Corps in New York and the …

40 Years of RMFW: Interview With Sharon Mignery

January 8th, 2023


Sharon Mignerey is an author who loves sharing what she has learned with other authors.  She has been a workshop presenter at local and national …

Paulla Hunter & Rough Ride

January 6th, 2023


Paulla Hunter is a long-time resident of Cheyenne, Wyoming. She lives in the historic downtown area of the city with her husband, Roger Schreiner, a …

Jason Evans: A Day Of Genre

December 23rd, 2022


Jason Evans always wanted to be a writer, he just didn’t know it. He grew up in Southern California and taught high school social studies after …

Mark Stevens & The Fireballer

December 15th, 2022


Ffor the first time in more than seven years of producing this podcast, the host, Mark Stevens, takes the hot seat as a guest. The excuse is The Fireballer, a novel coming out rom Lake Union on January 1, 2023.  The …

tenderbastard & Poof

December 13th, 2022


tenderbastard is a songwriter, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, activist, pancake enthusiast. He and his dog are public intellectuals.

The …

Tamara Cribley & The Deliberate Page

December 9th, 2022


Tamara Cribley is a self-professed formatting junkie who believes beautiful books don’t happen by chance. Having worked as a Commercial Photographer, …

Gwen Florio & The Least Among Us

December 1st, 2022


Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shooting at Columbine High School to the glitz of the Miss America pageant …

Karen Lin: The Ups & Downs & One Big Cautionary Tale About Working With Literary Agents

November 17th, 2022


Karen is a hopeless foodie, award-winning novelist, produced screenwriter and writing coach. Many of her stories are inspired by her experience marrying into a Taiwanese family. Mu Shu Mac & Cheese and American …

T.O. Paine & The Excursion

October 28th, 2022


T.O. Paine is a suspense novelist whose authentic characters triumph over extreme situations in challenging, true-to-life settings. Though his novels …

Josh Viola & Warren Hammond - Denver Moon: The Thirteen of Mars

October 5th, 2022


Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series. By taking the best of classic detective noir, and reinventing it on a destitute colony …

David R. Slayton & Deadbeat Druid

September 22nd, 2022


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

Short Story Writer Francelia Belton

September 3rd, 2022


Francelia Belton’s love of short stories came from watching old Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents television shows in her youth. Her …

A Chat With The Editors of Bizarre Bazaar, Veronica R. Calisto and Amy Drayer

August 11th, 2022


This time on the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast, a chat with the co-editors of Bizarre Bazaar, the brand new short story anthology from Rocky Mountain …

An Afternoon With James Lee Burke

July 30th, 2022


On Saturday, July 16 the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers teamed up to host a vitual event--an …

Ben Miller-Callihan - Handspun Literary Agency

July 27th, 2022


Ben Miller-Callihan joined Handspun Literary Agency as an agent in 2019, after working behind the scenes since the agency's founding in tech support …

Angela Sylvaine & Frost Bite

July 23rd, 2022


Angela Sylvaine is a self-proclaimed cheerful goth who still believes in monsters. She adores reading and is always looking for a great book …

Amy Collins - Talcott Notch Literary Services

July 21st, 2022


Amy Collins, Associate Agent with Talcott Notch Literary Services, has over 30 years’ experience matching books with readers. As a former book buyer, …

Michael Neff & Algonkian Writer Conferences

July 15th, 2022


Michael Neff is an award-winning author, Pushcart-nominated poet, widely published short fiction writer, literary agent, writer conference organizer, as well as an accomplished developmental editor. His first novel All …

Fleur Bradley & Daybreak on Raven Island

June 23rd, 2022


Fleur Bradley grew up in the Netherlands where she spent her childhood riding a bike, catching tadpoles, and reading Pippi Longstocking and Roald …

LS Hawker - Writing A Thriller That Readers Can't Put Down

June 16th, 2022


LS Hawker is the author of USA TODAY bestseller and ITW Thriller Awards finalist The Drowning Game, End of the Road, and The Throwaways. Starting …

Writer of the Year Nominees: Pamela Nowak, Karla M. Jay, Amy Rivers

June 10th, 2022


This time on the Rocky Mountain Writer, a conversation with the three Writer of the Year Nominees. 

Karla M. Jay is the award-winning author of When We Were Brave, It Happened in Silence, and The Puppet Maker's Daughter

Hadley Ramsay: Co-Head of the TV/Film Department at Maria B. Campbell Associates

June 8th, 2022


Hadley Ramsay is the co-head of the TV/Film department at Maria B. Campbell Associates, which is a literary scouting company that advises clients about American and international books for translation and publication in …

Emily Bybee & Droplets of Magic

May 23rd, 2022


Emily grew up loving to read and escape into stories. She began writing her own stories at the age of twelve. In college she focused on science and …

Chuck Greaves & The Chimera Club

May 12th, 2022


Chuck Greaves spent 25 years as an L.A. trial lawyer before turning his talents to fiction. He’s been a finalist for most of the major awards in crime writing including the Shamus, Macavity, Lefty, and Audie, as well as …

Cynthia Swanson & Denver Noir

April 27th, 2022


Cynthia Swanson writes literary suspense, often using historical settings. Her debut novel, The Bookseller, was a New York Times best seller, an Indie Next selection, and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Literary Award for …

Aimie K. Runyan & The School for German Brides

April 22nd, 2022


Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She has been honored as a Historical Novel Society Editors’ Choice selection, as a …

Claire L. Fishback & You Can, Toucan!

April 16th, 2022


Claire L. Fishback is an author, book coach, project manager, amazing wife, dog mom, and your guide to doing more in less time, project managing your …

Ralph Beckett & The Speculative Fiction Critique Group's New Anthology "Second Law"

April 1st, 2022


Ralph Beckett is a science fiction author who publishes under the pen name R. C. Beckett. He was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, home of the National Lab that invented the atomic bomb. As a teenager, a friend’s father …

The 2022 Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards

March 28th, 2022


This time on the Rocky Mountain Writer, an orientation to the 2022 Colorado Gold Rush Literary Award contest, hosted by Mindy McIntyre and Sue Hinkin.

Susan Spann & Fires of Edo

March 11th, 2022


Susan Spann is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Hiro Hattori Novels featuring master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo, as well as Climb, a nonfiction chronicle of her quest to overcome …

Margaret Mizushima & The Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series

March 10th, 2022


Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Active within the writing community, Margaret recently served as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter …

Jon Christian-Rutigliano & Reclamation

February 25th, 2022


Jon Christian-Rutigliano's credo is that individuals naturally gravitate toward the positive energy in life, and are at their best when left to their own devices. For good or bad, his work will always explore this …

Kelley J. P. Lindberg & True Love Never

February 20th, 2022


Kelley J. P. Lindberg writes award-winning young adult and adult fiction, and she sometimes admits to having written several best-selling how-to …

Shannon Lawrence & The Business of Short Stories

February 11th, 2022


A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty …

Janet Fogg: Writing and Publishing on Kindle Vella

February 4th, 2022


Award-winning author Janet Fogg’s focus on writing began while she was working as CFO for the coolest architectural firm in Boulder. Fifteen writing …

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 …

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