Kate Jonuska is a Colorado native with a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Denver. She has a decade of experience writing features for top-notch regional publications, including the Denver Post, the Daily Camera, The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and Boulder Magazine. Kate's short fiction was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and Transference is her first published novel.
Lauren Hallstrom is the author of the CIPA EVVY award-winning novel Dreamweaver, which she wrote at the age of 15 during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a nationwide challenge to write a novel in 30 days. Her novel won Douglas County Libraries’ 2012 Teen NaNoWriMo contest and was chosen to be sponsored for publication. She won the contest for the second year in a row and published her second award-winning book, One Hundred Words, at the age of 17.
Lauren lives in Parker, Colorado with her parents, three younger brothers, and a hyper cat. When she’s not working at the library, she spends her time reading voraciously, writing poetry, and dreaming up new stories.
Ethan and Lincoln are brothers from Pinedale, WY. They started writing at a young age to pass the time on trips to sporting events throughout early childhood to college. Rebellion, their first novel, began as a few sentences in the seventh grade and eventually became a published work. Currently Ethan lives in Pagosa Springs, CO and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, and camping. Lincoln recently moved from Japan to Portland after receiving a job offer.
Author J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who grew up climbing fourteeners, exploring old ghost towns, and enjoying stories from Colorado’s vibrant past. Her first novel, The Lucky Hat Mine, was published in October, 2016 by The Hansen Publishing Group. The Lucky Hat Mine is an engaging historical mystery set in 1863, Idaho Springs, about a southern belle who answers a wife-wanted ad and travels to the Colorado Territory, arriving only to find her intended dead. J.v.L. Bell loves researching Colorado history and intertwining colorful historical characters and stories into her novels.
Jayme H. Mansfield is an author, artist, and educator—and feels a bit incomplete when she’s not juggling all three balls. An award-winning author, her debut book Chasing the Butterfly, is a book club favorite and Amazon bestseller. Based on a true family story that begs to be told, RUSH, releasing Nov. 1, 2017, provides a tension-filled, moving tale of a pioneer woman’s determination to survive.
She and her husband live near the base of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, having survived raising three hungry, hockey-playing sons. Currently, a very needy Golden Retriever runs the roost. When Jayme isn’t writing, she teaches art to children and adults at her long-time art studio, Piggy Toes. Visit Jayme at www.jaymehmansfield.com.
C.E. O’Grady spent her Colorado childhood immersed in words. From Gulliver's Travels to The Genuine Works of Hippocrates, she read every book within in her reach and is still an avid reader today. With an intense interest in science, C.E. completed her BS in Environmental Biology and Chemistry. She began a career as a freelance writer but never lost her obsession for fiction. While many took notes in class, C.E. found her mind twisting the facts of science into stories. Thus, birthed her fascination with discredited science and her novel, Soft Inheritance.
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I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.
Grady T. Birdsong
CIPA Board Member 2014-2016
Grady Thane Birdsong, the son of an oil field driller, tool pusher and a homemaker mother, was raised on the small-town values of “God, Mother, Country, and Apple Pie,” in that order. He grew up in central and southwest Kansas attending Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1966. After two combat tours in Northern I Corps of Vietnam, through the Tet offensive of 1968 and the DMZ area in 1969 he returned to Denver and finished his formal education at Regis University, Denver, Colorado. During his actual education, he traveled the globe, enjoying a successful career in engineering, marketing, technical sales and finally business development in the telecommunications, data systems, information technology systems and cable/fiber-optic network testing infrastructure industries. Now retired, Grady lives with his wife, Pamela, in the Denver area, where he enjoys his grandchildren, spends time writing, “puttering,” and hunting big game.
Grady has written technical manuals, product brochures, articles and white papers for various organizations, magazines and trade journals, presenting engineering and design applications to the Telecommunication and Data world. His other professional accomplishments include:
• Private pilot’s license
• Cub Scout & Boy Scout leader
• Toastmasters International member
• National Forensic League member
• Telecom & Data Industry published: white papers & magazine articles
• Author, EVVY Award winner, and Finalist Best Book Awards 2016
• Industry “elite performance” Awards
• Volunteer computer instructor, Denver Vet Center
• Veteran Advocate, all wars
• Officer, 1st Marine Division Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter
• Author of Three books
Known as a serial entrepreneur by her family and friends, Roni Lambrecht has always been a forward thinker, spending her time working on projects to make life easier and more organized for everyone she connects with. For the majority of her career, Roni has been in the mortgage and real estate industries, running her own successful loan document preparation and closing company since 1996 and becoming a REALTOR® in 2008.
Roni and her husband, John, have been happily married since 1995. Their beautiful son, Dalton, was with them for 15 years, and left for Heaven just after Christmas in 2013 due to injuries from an ATV vs. sandrail accident. Dalton lived his short life with the intent to create smiles, laughter, and happiness by sharing his kind spirit and helping others through tough times. Roni and John continue his legacy by counting their blessings for the short time they had him and practicing random acts of kindness in his memory, each and every day.
Roni's books, Parenting At Your Best, A Parent's Guide for Journaling to Their Child, and A Parent's Journal For Their Child are a tribute to Dalton, with anticipation that the stories and advice they offer will inspire others to excellence in their parenting.