Daniel A. Willis is foremost a historian and only came to writing later in life. He has written 11 nonfiction books over the past 20 years, largely focused on the royal families of Europe. His first novel, not surprisingly a historical fiction work, was published in 2011, followed by its sequel two years later. Other genres he has explored in short fiction pieces are fantasy and alternate history.
Mary Stobie is an author of a Rocky Mountain Memoir: You Fall Off, You Get Back On. Her book, perfect for gifting, is selling well at Crybaby Ranch, Larimer Square, Rockmount Ranchwear, and Buffalo Bill’s Grave giftshop on Lookout Mountain. Mary grew up in Golden, was a Little Britches Rodeo champion, and later I acted in movies in Hollywood. Mary jokes that she is “the buckle winning author.” You’ll find her online at www.marystobie.com and on Facebook.
Not-quite native, Joy McCalister has been fiercely Coloradan since about age three, especially while living in places as far away as Shipshewana and Oaxaca. Joy says she’s been writing forever. She won English awards at Englewood High School in the late 80s, and worked for a county rag in Indiana after college. Joy wrote moralizing stories that her three kids ate up, and her first published novel, Raising Timber, launched in July.
CAL member Chris Goff will be giving a talk on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chautauqua Community House in Boulder. Her talk will be about the research she does for both the Birdwatcher’s Mystery series and her thrillers, what it’s like juggling multiple writing projects, why she chooses to speak through fiction, what she chooses to write about and why, and she’ll give a preview of what’s coming up next. Chris’s Birdwatcher’s Mystery series has been nominated for two Willa Awards and a Colorado Authors’ League award. Her debut thriller, DARK WATERS, was nominated for a Colorado Authors’ League award, Colorado Book Award and an Anthony Award. Both series have been published internationally. In the holiday spirit, she is donating her share of the ticket proceeds to the Boulder Bird Bird Club. Tickets are $10 ($7.00 for Concert Members). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Chautauqua Colorado website.
John Winsor’s new thriller, The Punishments, is now available in hardcover, paperback and e-book. Enormous shifts threaten our way of life – artificial intelligence, robotics, terrorism, surveillance, Islamic fundamentalism, and the rise of American religious extremism. The Punishments is about the heart-pounding struggle of one family after voters unwittingly elect a demagogue president and a fundamentalist Congress. The novel’s characters battle to hold on to friendship, love, and faith as they are thrust into the center of the largely unreported debate raging beneath the surface of Christianity and identity politics. Welcome to tomorrow. Outed covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame, says, “The Punishments is an entertaining Orwellian thriller.” The Punishments e-book will be specially priced at 99 cents until October 15th.
Diann Logan was a recent guest on The Rabbit Hole with host Jerry Fabyanic, KYGT, Idaho Springs. The show features local authors and publishers, discussing their books and/or projects. You can listen to the podcast here.
Valerie Szarek is proud to announce that her poem, “Letters to an Unknown God” won first place in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Winners Circle contest. She received a $500 prize with a wall certificate and has been published in the Encore 2016 book, now available on Amazon.
Claire Walter (www.claire-walter.com) gave a September 14 presentation about traveling to Southwest Greenland at Boulder’s Changes in Latitude as part of its weekly series of words-and-images travel shows.
Kimberly Field shared the history of the Denver Mint in a lengthy segment that ran on C-SPAN in September. Thousands drive past the Mint every day, but few know its history–or that over one-third of the nation’s gold is stored in its vaults. Check this out to see what they didn’t tell you on your school field trip.
Art Elser has five poems in the forthcoming issue of High Plains Register, Left Behind by its Nomad Tribe, Morning at the VLA Radio Telescope, Descending into Puerto Vallarta, The Stranded Barn, Warm Morning on a City Sidewalk.