Mario Acevedo is the national bestselling author of the Felix Gomez detective-vampire series and RMFW’s 2009 Writer of the Year. His short fiction has been included in anthologies from Arte Publico Press, and in Exquisite Corpse and Modern Drunkard Magazine. Mario lives and writes in Denver, Colorado.
Quincy Allen’s Chemical Burn—2011 Colorado Gold Contest finalist—was independently published in 2012 and has been picked up by FJ Publishing. Having taught English at the University of Northern Colorado, he logically ended up in IT. He’s studied martial arts, military history, and weapons for years.
Rebecca Bates has been a member of RMFW for twenty-plus years and writes genre fiction under the names Rebecca Williamson, Sue Star, Rebecca S. W. Bates, Minta Monroe, and Cameron Kennedy. She is a previous Colorado Gold first-place winner and has appeared in RMFW’s anthology Broken Links, Mended Lives.
Carol Berg is a former software engineer who can’t quite believe her own story. Since her 2000 debut, her thirteen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Kirkus Reviews calls Carol’s latest novel, The Daemon Prism, “enthralling and not to be missed.”
Linda Berry‘s published credits include short fiction for children and adults as well as plays, poetry, preschool curriculum, a newspaper entertainment column, and her six cozy Trudy Roundtree mysteries. She’s a member of RMFW, Colorado Dramatists, and the Denver Woman’s Press Club.
Sandra Bond, Agent
Bond Literary Agency, Denver, CO
Bond Literary Agency represents adult and young adult fiction, both literary and commercial, including mysteries and women’s fiction, and many categories of nonfiction, including narrative, health, science, memoir, biography, and business. In fact, because the agency’s list is rather broad, it would be easier to list what it does not represent: romance, adult fantasy, poetry, and children’s picture books. The agency maintains a select list of authors from all around the country, many of whom had not been published before signing with it. Sandra prefers to represent authors (all of their work) rather than single titles, but is willing to discuss working on a single title. She is looking for writers who truly have studied the craft of writing (fiction) or who are experts in their fields and understand the level of professionalism and the c redentials required to sell their projects in today’s competitive marketplace (nonfiction). The agency uses subagents to sell dramatic and foreign rights to its titles. Sandra Bond started her agency in Denver in 1998, after working for the Jody Rein Books agency. While running the agency, she was also the program administrator at the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute, a 4-week, intensive, graduate-level certificate program in publishing, from 2005-2009, and she is now a guest lecturer at the Institute.
M. H. Boroson’s historical fantasy novel City of Strangers won first prize in the 2012 Colorado Gold Contest for speculative fiction. He is represented by Sandy Lu at the L. Perkins Literary Agency.
Leslie Budewitz is the author of Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure (Linden/Quill Driver), which was the 2011 Agatha winner for best nonfiction. Death al Dente is the first in her Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana (Berkley Prime Crime, August 2013).
Hannah Bowman, Agent
Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency, New York, NY
Hannah joined the agency in 2011. She has a B.A. from Cornell University, summa cum laude in English and magna cum laude in Mathematics. While a student, she spent four summers working in particle physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, before eventually deciding her true interest was books. Before joining Liza Dawson Associates, Hannah interned briefly with agent Weronika Janczuk, now of Lynn C. Franklin Associates. In her free time, she writes her own fiction (mostly science fiction and fantasy) and plays the organ. Hannah specializes in commercial fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, romance and young adult. Hannah is also interested in nonfiction, particularly in the areas of mathematics, science and spirituality.
Trai Cartwright, MFA, is a twenty-year entertainment-industry veteran and creative-writing specialist. While in Los Angeles, she was a development executive for HBO, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. Trai currently teaches creative writing, film studies, and screenwriting for Colorado universities, writers groups, conferences, and one-on-one as an editor. Visit www.craftwrite.com.
Andrea Catalano is a writer of historical fiction novels and a longtime member of RMFW and the Southwest Critique Group. She holds am M.Phil in History from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her first two novels are set during the American Revolution, and her latest manuscript is set in Gilded Age New York and Colorado. She is represented by Victoria Skurnick of Levine Greenberg Agency, NYC, and hoping to sell, sell, sell. A Boston native, she presently resides in Denver with her husband, three-year-old son, and two fluffy kitties.
Chris Devlin is a writer by night and a crisis counselor by day, where she regularly talks people down from their fears. A longtime RMFW member, she’s now the Contest Chair for the Colorado Gold Contest. She’s happy to share what she’s learned, and she’ll try not to make you nervous.
Karen Duvall lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets. She’s an award-winning author published by Harlequin Luna and is currently working on a new contemporary-fantasy series.
Bree Ervin has an eclectic background as a freelance editor, publicist, and marketer. As a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute, she realized she wasn’t ready to choose a single career path, so she founded ThinkBannedThoughts LLC Author Care, where she holds the title of Head Word Nerd and helps authors achieve their fullest potential.
Jessica France is an independently published author who provides publishing assistance to new and established writers across all genres. Her brain child is the indieBook Library, an organization and website dedicated to providing a wealth of resources for independent authors and presses.
MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Agent
Trident Media Group Literary Agency, New York, NY
MacKenzie has publishing in her blood. She grew up around authors, manuscripts, and publishing deals as the goddaughter of a former V.P. and Publisher at Random House, Inc. Her first job was as a reader for a major publisher, and she spent summers hanging out at the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now known as the Columbia Publishing Course) with a constant procession of publishing industry professionals. Most recently MacKenzie was in marketing at Touchstone Books (Simon and Schuster) where she worked closely with the advertising, publicity, and sales departments. MacKenzie’s intimate understanding of all aspects of publishing has led to a very hands-on approach to her clients’ careers, throughout the various stages of the publishing process. MacKenzie loves a good story well told and is particularly interested in women’s fiction. As a new agent, she is actively building her client list and is discovering new talent, as well as helping established authors increase their readership and build their careers.
Sarah Joy Freese, Agent
WordServe Literary, Denver, CO
Sarah Joy Freese is an associate agent with WordServe Literary. She loves reading through queries and attending writing conferences to meet new excellent writers. Sarah especially enjoys working with authors to make their manuscripts publishable; she has edited several manuscripts that are in various stages of the publishing process. Before Sarah joined WordServe, she worked several years as an English teacher, at both high school and college levels. She also worked as a collegiate tutor for various community colleges and the college from which she obtained her masters’ degrees. Even then, she was honing her editing skills by working with authors in various stages of their PhD dissertations. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also has an MA (emphasis in creative writing) and an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sarah is newly married and is enjoying life with her husband and two birds, Brewste r and Simon. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys crocheting, watching NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy, and playing Euchre. Sarah is looking for Christian books of any genre, fiction or nonfiction, except children’s works. Especially interested in historical, historical romance, contemporary romance, and contemporary women’s fiction. Not interested in poetry or picture books.
Margaret George has been writing novels since she was eight, using legal pads and drawing her own Crayola illustrations. Many children do this but most outgrow it! Margaret never did, although her focus changed from horses to history. The Autobiography of Henry VIII , her first published novel, was meant to be a “psycho-biography” of the enigmatic king rather than an apology or a confession, but it turned out to be all three. Following that, she’s stuck with characters that she feels the public misunderstands–Mary Queen of Scots, Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, Helen of Troy, and now, Elizabeth I. She enjoys letting them tell their stories and trying to set their records straight.
PAL member Mary Gillgannon buys fiction for her library in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Her first book sold in 1993. By 2002, she’d published ten historical romances; she has republished her backlist as e-books. She began self-publishing in 2012, including two new romances and an historical fantasy novel available this fall.
Kerri-Leigh Grady, Editor
Entangled Publishing, Fort Collins, CO
Kerri-Leigh Grady loves to sink into happily-ever-after tales and blow-up-all-the-things tales, especially when her testosterone-loaded house has hit its monthly limit of athletic socks and slapstick. She holds an MFA from Seton Hill University and a BS in computer science. She’s a nerd with an unnatural love of dark humor, gadgets, chickpeas, and ATS bellydancing. When the zombie apocalypse happens, she’s likely to be patient zero. If you see her bite someone, grab your water and head for your bunker. She’s looking for contemporary romance and novellas that have as many horror elements as they do romance (like romance during the zombie apocalypse or a haunted house), romantic comedy that would make Judd Apatow swoon, Regency romance, American West historicals, post-apocalyptic settings, long romantic suspense, spies, m/m and f/f romances, and mu lti-cultural characters. She’s most interested in stories for the Brazen, Indulgence, Bliss, Scandalous (short historical romance), Flirt, Ever After, Entangled/Select, and Entangled Teen.
Denver author Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic detective novels, KOP, Ex-KOP, and KOP Killer, all available from Tor Books. By taking the best of classic crime noir and reinventing it on a destitute colony world, Warren has created these uniquely dark tales of murder, corruption, and redemption.
Sally Harding, Agent
Cooke Agency, Toronto, ON, Canada
Sally Harding is a literary agent and co-owner of the Cooke Agency and Cooke International. She represents authors from all over the world, with more than half of her clients calling the US home or their primary publishing market. Whether a manuscript is fiction or non-fiction, she looks for artful story-telling and a new perspective, expressed in an original voice. She is growing her list in the areas of smart, ground-breaking non-fiction; mainstream and literary-leaning science fiction and fantasy; middle grade and YA titles; and crime fiction. She is on the board of the Vancouver Writers’ Fest and is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. You can catch her on Twitter @SallyHardingTCA.
Travis Heermann, freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, poker player, podcaster, poet, biker, roustabout, is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Wild Boys, The Ronin Trilogy, and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Weird Tales, Historical Lovecraft, and Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.
Lynda Hilburn writes the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series and other paranormals. After a childhood filled with invisible friends, sightings of dead relatives, and a fascination with the occult, turning to the paranormal was a no-brainer. In her other reality, she works as a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and professional psychic/tarot reader.
Angie Hodapp holds an MA in English and is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. A 2011 winner of the Colorado Gold Contest and a 2012 semifinalist in the Writers of the Future Contest, she has extensive editorial experience in both the book- and magazine- publishing industries. She has taught workshops and developed curricula for Writer’s Digest University and currently works for Nelson Literary Agency in Denver.
Linda Joffe Hull is the author of The Big Bang and the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series. She is a graduate of UCLA and lives in Denver, Colorado. A longtime member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Linda currently serves on the national board of Mystery Writers of America as a director-at-large.
Martha Husain has been a member of RMFW’s Southwest Critique Group for six years. Her first novel, Water’s Mark, won the Colorado Gold Contest, speculative fiction, in 2007. She writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, using her background as a Doctor of Pharmacy and years of experience as a pharmacist to add interesting twists to her stories.
Christine T. Jorgensen is the author of the popular humorous series, Stella The Stargazer, the stand alone, Calling For a Funeral, and the upcoming suspense thriller, Missing. She has been a judge for the Colorado Gold Contest for over fifteen years. Jorgensen is a past RMFW Writer of the Year and a longtime member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Mystery Writers of America. Her second Stella book, You Bet Your Life, was a finalist in the 1996 Colorado Book Award.
J. A. Kazimer lives in Denver, Colorado. Her novels include Curses! F***ed-Up Fairy Tale, Holy Socks & Dirtier Demons, Dope Sick: A Love Story, and Froggy Style. Upcoming publications include The Assassin’s Heart (a romance from Coffeetown Press) and Deadly Ever After (a mystery series from Kensington Books). J. A. spent years spilling drinks as a bartender and then stalked people while working as a PI. Katriena Knights is the author of Where There’s a Will (Samhain Publishing), which reached number 22 on the overall Kindle bestseller list. She has been published since 1999 and has over twenty novels and novellas currently available from smaller, independent publishers.
Alice Kober buys both print and e-book fiction for the Arapahoe Library District in Colorado. She has been a member of RMFW for almost twenty years and has spoken numerous times on adult fiction to librarians. She loves genre fiction and enjoys introducing readers to new authors.
Bill Konigsberg‘s debut novel, Out of the Pocket, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. His second novel, Openly Straight, will be published by Scholastic in June 2013. He is currently creating curriculum for a youth-writing certificate program for the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
Natalie Lakosil, Agent
Bradford Literary Agency, San Diego, CA
Natalie Lakosil is agent at the Bradford Literary Agency. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing. After nearly four years at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and a brief dabble in writing author profiles and book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, Natalie joined the Bradford Agency in February of 2011. Natalie’s specialty is commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-teen), romance (contemporary, paranormal and historical), upmarket women’s fiction and select nonfiction. Specific likes include historical, multi-cultural, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, quirky picture books. She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, good grammar, and fantastical, engaging and sexy plots.
Janet Lane is a published author of historical romance and women’s fiction. Her Coin Forest novels received critical acclaim and made the Denver bestseller list. She was featured in Tales from Mistwillow, RMFW’s 2007 anthology, and an editor for Broken Links, Mended Lives, RMFW’s 2009 anthology, a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards. Janet has presented several workshops for RMFW, Authorfest, Colorado Romance Writers, and the Crested Butte Writer’s Conference, and has guest lectured at the University of Colorado/Boulder. She wrote her RMFW column, Romancing the Tome, for twelve years.
Karen Albright Lin is a writing coach and freelance editor for multi-published and soon-to-be-published authors. She’s a ghostwriter, produced screenwriter, and multi-award winning author of novels, screenplays, short stories, literary cookbooks, magazines and newspapers. She presents workshops in various venues including cruise lines, conferences, and retreats.
Mollie Madden is an advanced graduate student at the University of Minnesota, where she have taught courses on the Crusades, Rome, Britain before 1688, and Medieval Europe. She will soon defend her dissertation, The Black Prince at War: Late Medieval Military Logistics.
Karyn Marcus, Senior Editor
Simon & Schuster, New York, NY
Karyn Marcus acquires projects over a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. Authors she has worked with include Jeffrey Toobin, Tina Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Kitty Kelley, Sally Jenkins, Guy Lawson, Sharon Begley, Ayelet Waldman, Linda Fairstein, Madeleine Wickham, and Sara Bareilles. Previously, Karyn was an editor at Thomas Dunne Books. Among the books she acquired and edited are The Age of Autism by Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmstead; Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion by Lauren Goldstein Crowe; Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet; and Whip Smart by Melissa Febos, a memoir about a young woman’s transition from college graduate to professional dominatrix. From 2006 to 2008, Karyn was an associate editor at Doubleday-Broadway working with Phyllis Grann, where she acquired Parallel Play, Tim Page’s memoir about being undiagnosed with Aspberger’s syndrome until age 45. At Simon & Schuster, she is seeking well plotted suspense fiction, particularly novels with a psychological slant. In nonfiction, she is consistently surprised and delighted by the topics which pique her interest, but must-haves include literary memoir, science for the layperson, books about the brain, fashion, and social trends. She is also the “resident animal person” at the S&S imprint.
Sharon Mignerey is both traditionally and independently published. She’s a contributor to Many Genres, One Craft, and her articles have been published by The Writer magazine. She received an MFA from Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction. Sharon’s books have won several awards, including The Golden Heart, the National Readers Choice Award, and the CRW Keeper Award. She’s an active member of several groups, including RWA and RMFW.
Vella Munn, who also writes as Vonna Harper, has written everything from confessions to Native American historicals to category romance to thrillers to suspense. Despite numerous attempts at interventions she remains addicted to writing. A southern Oregon country hick, she’s terrified of cities and shopping.
Cindi Myers is the author of more than fifty published novels. She writes historical and contemporary romance and contemporary women’s fiction for several different publishers, and she is a former Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year.
Kristin Nelson, Agent
Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, Denver, CO
Being an avid reader practically since birth, Kristin is equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for her book club or a sexy romance novel. She established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC in 2002 after the literary agent she was working for expressed dismay that Kristin wanted to represent—gasp!—genre fiction as well as literary novels. Forming NLA was absolutely the right thing to do. She currently specializes in representing commercial fiction (mainstream, women’s fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, young adult & middle grade) and literary fiction with a commercial bent. Clients include bestselling authors Jamie Ford, Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Gail Carriger, Simone Elkeles, Hugh Howey, Courtney Milan, and RITA-award winners Sherry Thomas and Linnea Sinclair. When she is not busy selling books, Kristin plays tennis as well as Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). She can also be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog Chutney. Member: AAR, RWA, SFWA, SCBWI. Please see the agency’s submission guidelines before submitting and also check out Kristin’s Facebook page and popular blog, Pub Rants.
Kris Neri writes mysteries, thrillers, and paranormals. Her novels have been finalists for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Lefty Awards, and International Book Awards. Her latest title, Magical Alienation, won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for fantasy. Kris teaches writing for the prestigious Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School.
Pamela Nowak was the 2010 RMFW Writer of the Year. She is a HOLT Medallion winner and a WILLA finalist. Her historic romances have received positive reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly. A Denver-area bestselling author, she is currently working on her fifth novel.
Robin D. Owens, RITA Award-winning novelist, credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, Heart Mate, published December 2001. Since then she has written twenty-one books. She is profoundly thankful to be recipient of the 2004 and 2011 RMFW Writer of the Year awards.
David Pomerico, Editor
47North (an imprint of Amazon Publishing), Seattle, WA
David Pomerico is an Acquisitions Editor at 47North, Amazon Publishing’s science fiction, fantasy, and horror imprint. He grew up on a steady diet of Bunnicula, Tolkien, Lewis, Star Wars, and every good/bad sci-fi movie you could imagine (Krull, The Black Hole, Flight of the Navigator, Willow), so it was no surprise that he fell into editing science fiction and fantasy. He joins 47North from Del Rey Spectra, where for five years he acquired and edited original novels, working with authors such as Ari Marmell, Chris Wooding, C.L. Anderson, Darin Bradley, Felix Gilman, and Alan Campbell, as well as forthcoming books by Peter F. Hamilton, Rob Reid, Pierce Brown, and John Birmingham’s new series. In addition, he’s worked on a number of licensed properties, including the aforementioned Star Wars (yes—it was a dream come true), Transformers, Robert E. Howard’s backlist, and Penny Arcade. For the last three years, he was the man behind the curtain of @DelReySpectra on Twitter, and helped create and perpetrate (perpetuate?) Cage Match on Suvudu.com. He’s currently working on the Foreworld Saga with Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, et al; The Dead Man series, and has been actively acquiring science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and horror.
Aaron Michael Ritchey is a writer and speaker whose dynamic workshops entertain and inspire. When he’s not battling artistic angst, you can find him supporting anesthesiology software, bicycling, or marveling at the strong female characters living in his house. His first novel, The Never Prayer, is available from Crescent Moon Press.
Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards. Kismet’s Kiss, her self-published debut novel, was a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and was nominated for Best Fantasy Romance and Best Debut of 2010 by The Romance Reviews.
Kathleen Rushall, Agent
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Solana Beach, CA
Kathleen represents a wide range of children’s literature and nonfiction at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She started as an intern at the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, and then spent two years at Waterside Productions agency. She looks forward to garnering fresh voices, strong narratives, and whimsical tales in all areas of young adult literature including thrillers, contemporary romance, mysteries, historical fiction, and science fiction. She is open to all genres of YA, but has a soft spot for thrillers, romance, edgy plots, humorous voices, and would love to find a dark mystery. Kathleen is also looking for unique, quirky picture books and all genres of middle grade fiction as well. In addition to kidlit, Kathleen also represents select nonfiction and is interested in parenting, cooking, crafts, business, alternative medicine, women’s interest, humor, pop-culture, and some how-to. Kathleen graduated from Seattle University with her bachelor’s degree in English and minor in fine arts. She moved back to her hometown of San Diego to earn her master’s degree in English, specializing in children’s literature, from San Diego State University. When she is not at her desk, Kathleen enjoys exploring new restaurants, dreaming of Ireland, and walking her Australian Shepherd, Finn.
Eddie Schneider, Agent
JABerwocky Literary Agency, Long Island City, NY
Eddie Schneider is the VP of JABberwocky Literary Agency, which he joined in 2008. JABberwocky is the world’s leading literary agency for science fiction and fantasy, representing #1 NYT bestselling authors Charlaine Harris and Brandon Sanderson, among many others. Eddie has a keen interest in literary fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, all varieties of young adult and middle grade fiction, and non-fiction including science, history, and narrative non-fiction. When he’s not working, Eddie enjoys running ultramarathons, growing unusual vegetables on his fire escape, reading in the very same genres he agents, and the occasional bit of sleep.
Jeff Seymour, author, freelance writer, and editor, has been writing speculative fiction since he was a teenager. Jeff presently edits for Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint, where he acquires a wide variety of genre fiction. He released his first book of short stories, Three Dances, independently in early 2013.
Jeff Shelby is the author of ten bestselling novels. He has been published by Dutton, New American Library, Kensington, and Tyrus. In 2012, he stepped into the e-publishing arena, and his thriller Thread of Hope became an Amazon #1 bestseller. He has also co-written two contemporary romances with Beth Balmanno under the pseudonym Shelby Gates. He currently serves as an at-large board member for Mystery Writers of America and is a past nominee for RMFW Writer of the Year. A former resident of Colorado, he currently splits his time between Texas and Minnesota.
Lesley L. Smith is a founder and editor of the e-zine Electric Spec and has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction with an emphasis on speculative fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Lesley is a member of RMFW and SFWA.
Susan Mackay Smith holds a degree in history. She writes under the name Mackay Wood. and has sold two epic fantasies, Wolf’s Cub and Gryphon King, available from Amazon and Books in Motion. She writes the monthly column Conan the Grammarian, which appears in the RMFW newsletter, and is a past president of RMFW.
Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of several horror novels, mysteries, and thrillers. In 2009, his crime drama Shamrock Alley won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel Floating Staircase was nominated by the Horror Writers Association for best novel; the book also won a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel. Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi writes dark fiction that has gained acceptance among readers of all genres. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and daughter.
Susan Spann is a practicing California attorney and mystery author with over ten years’ experience in intellectual property, publishing, and contract law. Her clients include book and magazine publishers; independent and agented authors; and developers of e-books and digital apps. She is also the author of Claws of the Cat (St. Martin’s/Minotaur, July 2013), book one of the Shinobi mysteries featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori.
Jeanne C. Stein is a longtime RMFW member and the 2008 Writer of the Year. She is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and the forthcoming The Fallen Siren series. She has long been a sought-after presenter at RMFW’s Colorado Gold Conference.
Rob Thurman is currently writing three series for Penguin Putnam’s imprint ROC Fantasy as well as a brand-new mainstream series for Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books. Rob has also written for a Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner anthology, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe. This year, Rob contributed a post-apocalyptic, “grim” faerie tale western to the anthology Courts of the Fey. Rob’s work is dark, nonstop action from beginning to end, rife with purely evil sarcasm as sharp as a switchblade–and probably nearly as illegal. If one shoved Lord of the Rings, The Shining, and Pulp Fiction into a wood-chipper, the result would be what Rob aims to deliver in a novel or short story. A member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), Rob lives in rural Indiana, land of endless fields and infinite cows, and where dial-up is still the only soul-crushing option.
Jordana Vincent is a youth-collection librarian at the Arapahoe Library District. Formerly she was instrumental in developing the nationally recognized Douglas County e-book lending model. Jordana received a 2012 Library Journal Movers and Shakers Award and was selected by Library Journal to speak on two panels at BookExpo America 2012.
Heather Webb is the author of Becoming Josephine, her debut historical (Plume/Penguin, 2014). A freelance editor and blogger, she spends oodles of time helping writers hone their skills—something she adores. You may find her Twittering @msheatherwebb, hosting contests, or hanging around RomanceUniversity.org as a contributor to the Editor’s Posts.
Egyptologist Dr. Merrie P. Wycoff‘s self-published paranormal historical novel Shadow of the Sun recently finaled in the ForeWord Reviews in two categories. She resides in Colorado and owns a Dressage Equestrian Facility. Merrie loves to watch her biodynamic garden grow but rarely uses silver bells and cockleshells.