Appearances: Ann Myers and Ross Gresham

Ann Myers and Ross Gresham will be doing a reading at Colorado College on Monday, April 11. Ann will read from Cinco de Mayhem (book 2 of the Santa Fe Café Mysteries), and Ross will read from his soon-to-be-released mystery White Shark (book 1 in the Jim Hawkins series).

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Monday, April 11)

Location: Bemis Great Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs (west of

Cutler Hall on the Colorado College campus)

Appearances: Mystery/Crime Writing Panel at MSU Denver

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About the participants:

Francelia Belton is a reader, writer and lover of short fiction with her favorite genres being crime and suspense. She was most heavily influenced from watching the old Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents television shows in her youth. Her own stories evoke in the reader feelings of horror, fascination, fear, excitement and intrigue. When she isn’t writing or reading, she’s watching Dancing With The Stars, one of her guilty pleasures in life.

A Colorado native, Peg Brantley and her husband make their home southeast of Denver, sharing it over time with the occasional pair of mallard ducks and their babies, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes, a deer named Cedric, and a bichon named McKenzie. With the intent to lend her stories credibility, Peg is a graduate of the Aurora Citizens’ Police Academy, attended the Writers’ Police Academy, has interviewed crime scene investigators, FBI agents, human trafficking experts, obtained her Concealed Carry Permit, studied diverse topics from arson dogs to Santeria, and hunted down real life locations that show up in her stories. At this very minute (well, not this very minute) she’s busy turning her standalone books into two separate series because that’s what her readers want. Peg’s third book, The Sacrifice, was a finalist for two 2014 Colorado literary awards.

Karen Docter is a 4-time RWA® Golden Heart finalist. She won the 2005 Daphne du Maurier Award for Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Suspense in the unpublished division.  She now writes contemporary romance as Karen Docter and romantic suspense as K.L. Docter.  She holds a B.A. in Technical Journalism and taught an online plotting workshop for 14 years and college level English composition. Her suspense novel, Killing Secrets, debuted at #8 on Amazon’s Bestsellers lists for psychological women’s fiction. It’s part of the Season of Thrills Box Set: 5 Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Novels by Bestselling Authors, which debuted at #1 on Hot New Releases in Noir Crime in December 2015. Although all of her novels are filled with romance, her suspense is built on the backdrop of danger her characters face in their story…usually because a serial killer is bent on ending one or both of their lives before they can fall in love.

Ann Dominguez began her writing career in first grade with a piece of Curious George fan fiction.  Since then, she has published in JAMA, The Christian Science Monitor, Medical Economics, The Well, and Venn Magazine.  Her medical thriller, The Match, won Best Mystery/Suspense in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold contest in 2009.  Ann practices medicine in Denver and is not going to tell you who her favorite character in Game of Thrones is, because then he’ll get killed off, too.

Becky Martinez, who writes mystery, romantic suspense and romance fiction as Rebecca Grace, is an Emmy award-winning former broadcast journalist. Her latest book, Blues at 11, is the first in a humorous cozy mystery series featuring a television anchorwoman. It is set in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of Los Angeles television, where she spent the majority of her 35-year career. In addition to writing a new Blues mystery, she is currently working on the second book in her Dead Man suspense series, which is set in a fictional town in northern New Mexico. Becky is a two time Aspen Gold finalist and New Mexico Book Award finalist. She also teaches online writing classes and presents writing workshops. She is co-author of several non-fiction writing books, including Let’s Write a Story—Seven Ways to Plot. The latest entry in that series, Creating Memorable Characters, will be published next month.

Jools Sinclair is the author of the 13 books in the Forty-Four series and co-author of Whiskey Rain: A Rose City Novella. She loves the outdoors, monkeys, all kinds, and a good story. She usually lives in Bend, Oregon, but has embarked on a two-year road trip with Mr. Jools and has landed in Colorado for a bit. She has one giant Lion Cat, who wakes her up each morning demanding food and pets.

Sponsored by MSU Denver English Department Speakers Committee; Alpha Psi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society; College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Dean’s Office; Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry; and Sisters in Crime-Colorado.

Appearance: Theresa Crater


Publishing Without the Perish: Successful Book Authors Tell All
Join poet Marty McGovern (Bad Fame, Able Muse Press), mystery writer Theresa Crater (Star Family, Crystal Star Publishing) and debut novelist Rachel Weaver (Point of Direction, Ig Publishing) for a reading of their work and a panel discussion on finding the right publishing house for your book. February 3rd at 4:00 p.m. in the ACC Main Campus Library, 2nd floor. Free event.

Appearances: Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Congratulations to DeAnna Knippling, L.S. Hawker, and M.L. Rowland, who have been selected to be on the faculty of the upcoming Pikes Peak Writers Conference in April 2016! Descriptions of their workshops follow.

How to Build Better Monsters in Fiction: A Psychological Lexicon
Presented by DeAnna Knippling
What makes a monster, a monster? Digging deeper into the psychological basis for why different monsters scare us, and how to build a solid foundation for your monsters in fiction.

How to Produce a Non-Cheesy Book Trailer on the Cheap
Presented by L.S. Hawker
Video gets the most clicks online, and if you’re promoting a book, you want to get as many clicks as possible. Book trailers can be an attention-getting promotional tool if you do them right. My book trailer got almost 30,000 views in a month.

This workshop will give you resources for royalty-free stock footage, music, and graphics to make an arresting video piece that will drive traffic to your website and, more importantly, your order page. You’ll learn how to get low-cost help from college and art school film programs. We’ll discuss the dos and don’ts, view effective trailers and tacky trailers, and brainstorm ideas for your very own video baby.

Building Blocks for Writing More Powerful Fiction
Presented by M.L. Rowland
Writers need to stretch and exercise the right side of their brains just like we all stretch and exercise our bodies in order to stay physically fit and/or grow stronger. “The Cumulative Power of Words” is a warm-up exploring how the cumulative effect of words can create a visceral response. The second activity, “Exercising the Right Side of your Brain,” produces surprising, sometimes funny, sometimes nonsensical, but often amazing results. As the right side of your brain gets into gear, you will be ready to see things through an artistic mind and describe them in new ways. After all, description is imagery. Imagery is description. Using strong mental images in fiction can create powerful descriptions that pack an emotional punch. Strong minds and strong imagery are building blocks your fiction can’t live without!

For more information, visit the Pikes Peak Writers Conference website.

Event: Insider’s Guide to Writing, Publishing, and Promotion

Nov 14 event flier

Featuring Sisters in Crime-Colorado members Catherine Dilts, Christine Goff, and M.L. Rowland.

Co-sponsored by the Pueblo Community College Department of English & Communication, Sisters in Crime-Colorado (, and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (

For more information: Sara Schwartz, Program & Events Manager, Pueblo City-County Library District, 719.553.0220.

Appearance: Peg Brantley

Saturday, October 31: Author Tea from 1-4 at a private home in Aurora. (Please RSVP to to receive further details.)

Friday, November 6: Colorado Country Christmas from 3-6 at Denver Mart.

Saturday, November 7: Colorado Country Christmas from 12-2 at Denver Mart.

Sunday, November 8: Colorado Country Christmas from 12-1:30 at Denver Mart.

Saturday, December 12: Colorado Authors’ Christmas Book Fair from 9-3 at Boulder County Fairgrounds.

For more information, please visit

Appearance: Chris Goff

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #17 with
Mark Stevens.

Oct 21 – Author’s Night at Parker Library, Douglas County Public Library,
10851 S. Crossroads Dr., Parker 7PM.

Oct 30 – A Mystery Panel with Mark Stevens, Manuel Ramos and Mario Acevedo
at Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood 6:00 PM.

Appearance: Becky Clark

Becky Clark is thrilled to be on the faculty for the Castle Rock Writers Conference to be held in Parker at the PACE Center Friday night, November 6, and all day Saturday, November 7. She’ll be presenting two workshops: “Dying is Easy, Comedy is Difficult – Writing Humor for Every Genre” and “Turn Your Research Into Revenue.” Registration is open, with special rates for students and educators.