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Interviews with fiction writers, teachers, and members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW).

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Mark Stevens

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Interviews with fiction writers, teachers, and members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW).

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction.

    ZJ Czupor and Sue Hinkin: All About the 2021 Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards

    ZJ Czupor and Sue Hinkin: All About the 2021 Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards

    This time on the podcast, all about the 2021 edition of the Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards.
    The guests are contest co-chairs ZJ Czupor and Sue Hinkin.
    ZJ Czupor writes mysteries, thrillers, and poetry. His novel excerpts have been winners or finalists in the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence, Southeastern Writers; Whodunit Mystery Writing (Mystery Fest Key West); and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. A screenplay he wrote was a finalist for the Bogart Noir Short Film Competition in Miami.
    He’s the author of The Big Weird: Haikus in Times of Pandemic and Chaos, a collection about his observations of the pandemic.
    His noir short story, "The Man in the Corner" was featured in Crossing Colfax, a short story anthology from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
    ZJ is vice president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and writes a monthly column, The Mystery Minute, which can be found at their website.
    Raised in Chicagoland, Sue Hinkin is a former college administrator, television news photographer and NBC-TV art department staffer.
    With a B.A. from St. Olaf College, she completed graduate work at the University of Michigan and was a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute.
    She lives with her family in Denver. Check out her author website. Her latest book, just out, is The Mermaid Broker.

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    Joy Meredith & Old Cravings

    Joy Meredith & Old Cravings

    Joy Meredith, who writes as Joy Jarrett, enjoys imagining something creepy in every situation, starting with a fourth-grade theater production when she became convinced a monster lived under the stage.
    She might not let different foods touch on her plate, yet she's fearless when it comes to mixing love stories and horror in her scary good romances.
    Joy is currently a school librarian, but has worked in a pet store, a safari park, and vet hospitals and holds a Zoology degree. Animals always feature in her writing.
    On a good day, her two cats and two pugs make room on the couch for Joy and her family.
    They live outside Denver, where Joy experiences frequent shaming that she's never gone skiing in her life.
    She enjoys reading, traveling, board games, and going with her English husband to explore castles in Britain, where she finds plenty of romantic, spooky inspiration.
    You can find out more on her website www.joyjarrettbooks.com.
    Her debut novel, just out, is Old Cravings.

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    Amy Drayer & The 2022 RMFW Anthology

    Amy Drayer & The 2022 RMFW Anthology

    Amy Drayer grew up a free-range kid on a charming island in the Pacific Northwest, then migrated south to attend Scripps College in California.
    She later moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked in politics for far too long.
    Amy is a graduate of the inimitable Lighthouse Writers Workshop Book Project, an enthusiastic member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime, Managing Editor of the museum of americana literary journal, and the Editor of the 2022 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology.
    More about her and her work can be found at her website.  
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    Mandy Miller & States of Grace

    Mandy Miller & States of Grace

    Mandy Miller is an attorney and holds a J.D. from Northwestern University, as well as a PhD degree in Psychology. She specializes in the representation of the mentally ill and criminally insane.
    The first half of her career was spent as a mergers and acquisitions attorney on Wall Street where the clientele was better dressed than her criminal clients, but, frequently, equally devious.
    In her spare time, she indulges her reading vice and participates in ultramarathons, a sport much like writing a novel in that the journey is long and requires dedication, not to mention a dash of madness.
    Her debut novel is States of Grace, the first in her Grace Locke legal mystery series, will be published on April 1, 2021.
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    Karla M. Jay & It Happened In Silence

    Karla M. Jay & It Happened In Silence

    Karla M. Jay has wanted to write books since she was seven. Originally from the east coast, she makes her home in Salt Lake City.
    Over the years she has written in several different genres ranging from humor to noir, but currently is focused on historical fiction.
    When she's not writing, she's reading, gardening, playing with her dog, or traveling to new places to try to find a story that has never been told.
    Karla M. Jay's website. 
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    Maggie Smith: How To Be A Top-Notch Podcast Guest

    Maggie Smith: How To Be A Top-Notch Podcast Guest

    NOTE: Apologies for audio issues on the first recording of this conversation. This version is new and clear.
    Maggie Smith lives in Wisconsin and her debut novel, Truth & Other Lies, will be published by Ten16Press in March 2022.
    She’s the host of the weekly podcast Hear Us Roar (available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google) where she interviews debut women’s fiction authors about their novel and their path to publication.
    Maggie's first-ever short story, "The Devil You Know," appeared in the RMFW’s 2018 anthology False Faces and she’s also a regular monthly blogger for RMFW.
    A board member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, she serves as Managing Editor of their on-line literary publication The Write City Magazine.
    Recently, she submitted a blog for RMFW which forms the basis of our conversation today: How to Be A Top-Notch Podcast Guest, which forms the basis of this conversation.
    To get in touch with Maggie, go to www.maggiesmithwriter.com or follow her on Instagram at @maggiesmithwrites.
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Bitterbark ,

Writing advice + get to know members + book recommendations

As well as great tidbits of writing advice, I love getting to know the members of RMFW from hearing about their books and life stories here. Hearing about the upcoming free classes also helps me to figure out if it's a good fit.

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