D.W. Koons has traveled the world, having lived extended periods in Hong Kong, England, China and Spain. He currently resides in Colorado, writing novels and painting medieval illuminations. DW is a retired Colorado State Champion saber fencer who now expends his energy cycling, kayaking and hiking. Living in close proximity to southern France inspired him to research and write about the intriguing era that led to the Inquisition where the Church launched a program against a heretic religion, the Cathars.
Priya Huffman holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology, a masters in Psychology, both from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She has worked as a house cleaner, a construction site supervisor, a massage therapist, has led personal growth workshops internationally, and has spent 35 years as a Jungian psychotherapist. Priya is a potter and poet who lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she leads women’s dream groups and Cortes Island, British Columbia, where she tends a fruit orchard.
Michele Morris, a chef and sommelier, is the owner of Cooking with Michele®, where she teaches cooking lessons for both adults and children and develops recipes for corporate clients. As a freelance food writer, she has contributed to numerous local and regional publications, and is the author of a popular food blog offering recipes, tips, menus, and more. Michele is the author of A Taste of Washington (Farcountry Press, 2014) and Tasting Colorado (Farcountry Press, 2013), which won the Colorado Book Award. She is passionate about helping others eat local and seasonal food and volunteers extensively, teaching school children and their parents just how easy it is to make healthy, real food at home. With her three children now independent young adults, Michele and her husband enjoy traveling and exploring local cuisines.
A.J. has been writing to pass the time since high school. The stories he wrote helped him deal with life. A few years ago, he started sharing those stories with friends who enjoyed them and he has started sending his works out into the world to share with other people. He lives in the mountains with his extremely supportive husband. They have a lot of critters, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, and rabbits. When not writing, A.J. spends a lot of time hiking, trail riding, or just driving in the mountains. Nature provides a lot of inspiration for his work and keeps him writing. He is also an avid photographer and falconer. Don’t get him started talking about his birds, because he won’t stop for a while.
J. L. Abramo was born in the seaside paradise of Brooklyn, New York on Raymond Chandler's fifty-ninth birthday. Abramo is the author of Catching Water in a Net, winner of the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America prize for Best First Private Eye Novel; the subsequent Jake Diamond novels Clutching at Straws, Counting to Infinity, and Circling the Runway; Chasing Charlie Chan, a prequel to the Jake Diamond series; and the stand-alone thriller Gravesend. Abramo’s latest work is Brooklyn Justice.
Richard Rieman is an audiobook self-publishing expert, an audiobook narrator, producer, and coach specializing in helping first-time audiobook authors.
Richard has narrated dozens of titles on Amazon, Audible, iTunes and more, including Steve Snyder's "Shot Down" and Nancy Geise's "Auschwitz #34207." He also produces audiobooks for authors voicing their own audiobooks, including Judith Briles' "The Crowdfunding Guide for Authors & Writers."
Before his audiobook adventures, Richard was a news anchor and reporter at the RKO Radio Networks in NYC, WTOP in Washington DC, and WLS and WMAQ Radio in Chicago.
JC Lynne lives and writes in Colorado. She divides her time between writing, wrangling two teenage boys, three dogs, two cats and quelling dust bunny rebellions. The Esau Emergence is the first novel of The Esau Continuum, a trilogy of thrillers based on the fascinating science of genetic engineering.
Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment and, perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master's degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics. She was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. Wallflower Blooming is her first novel.
Jan MacKell Collins writes about ghost towns and other interesting aspects of the West. She is formerly the director of the Cripple Creek District Museum and the Old Homestead Museum in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She also had the pleasure of working for Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona and was a founding board member of the High Desert Heritage Museum in Cordes Junction, Arizona.
Ms. Collins has written over two thousand western history articles for magazines in Colorado, Montana and Arizona, including True West magazine. In 2010, she was nominated for Women Writing the West’s WILLA award for her 2009 book, Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains; also, she was a co-nominee in 2011 for the 2010 anthology Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West. In addition to her writing, Ms. Collins has given over forty programs on the subject of prostitution and western history and has been featured on Rocky Mountain PBS.
Damon Alan was born in Columbus, IN in 1966. He grew up in different southern Indiana locations. He was always the geek in the crowd, developing an early love for science fiction. He could recite many lines from Star Trek, and hungrily consumed what passed for sci-fi TV in his youth. In adulthood he tried several different paths at college before finally realizing he didn't want that structure. He left school and joined the Air Force to be assigned to Space Command, which sounded much cooler than it probably was. After leaving the Air Force in 1990, he returned to school but also applied to the FAA to be an Air Traffic Controller. In 1992 that became reality, and he became an ATC at the Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center. Retired from ATC now, he is pursuing writing as a second career.
He lives with his wife and three daughters in Colorado Springs, CO, and is lucky enough to have a family that supports his goal of authorship. "The Anvil of Dust and Stars" and "On the Shores of a Dark Sea" are available via Kindle and in paperback on Amazon as book 1 & 2 in the Dark Seas series.