CBA Authors Speakers Bureau

Bronwyn Long Borne, is a nurse by day and writer by night. She wrote a wine blog for three years, and is published in academic journals. Her self-published sci-fi/fantasy series The Shalemar Trilogy, written under the pen name Rohret Buchner, incorporates historical fiction, political intrigue, epic fantasy, and romance. Custodian of the Spirits is the first book in The Valley of Heart’s Delight Series, a family saga set in California’s Santa Clara Valley. Bronwyn lives and works in Denver and is married to a fellow food and wine lover.

Fleur Bradley grew up in the Netherlands reading under the covers well past bedtime, secretly hoping that Roald Dahl’s BFG would knock on her window. After falling in love with mysteries and thrillers, she decided to try writing. With persistence, some of her short mysteries were published in small press magazines, which encouraged her to keep writing, incorporating traditional elements of the cozy mystery. Fleur lives in a small Colorado town that’s just perfect for a mystery. Her husband, two daughters, five cats and two dogs keep her grounded and inspired.

M.E. Browning received her first byline for a poem written as a first-grade student. Her stories feature savvy women overcoming adversity to solve crimes and right wrongs. As Micki Browning, she writes the Agatha-nominated and award-winning Mer Cavallo Mysteries. She also writes short stories and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in dive magazines, anthologies, mystery magazines, and textbooks. An FBI National Academy graduate, Micki worked in municipal law enforcement for more than two decades and retired as a captain before turning to a life of crime fiction.

Todd Fahnestock is a writer of fantasy for all ages and winner of the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age Award. While attending college in 1993, Todd published his first two short stories in TSR’s Dragonlance anthologies. Tower of the Four, Threadweavers and The Whisper Prince Trilogy are three of his bestselling epic fantasy series. His time travel novel, Charlie Fiction, was a finalist in the Colorado Authors League Best of 2019. When he’s not writing, he teaches Taekwondo, and enjoys spending time with his quirky, fun-loving family.

Dylan Fisher‘s first book, The Loneliest Band in France, was the Winner of Texas Review Press’s 2019 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize and selected as a 2020 Coups de Cœur by The American Library in Paris. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dylan recently relocated from Denver to Atlanta to begin a PhD in Creative Writing at Georgia State University. He is currently drafting two novels, one of which is a sort of sequel to his first, and he has a third in the planning stages.

Research psychologist Nancy Bo Flood studied brain development at the University of Minnesota, and as a post-doctoral scientist at the University of London. She has conducted workshops on child abuse, learning disabilities, play therapy, and creative writing. Her writings have been named Arizona Book of the Year; Colorado Book of the Year; Top 100 Books of the Year, Bank Street; and Junior Library Guild Selection. She has a particular interest in legends and folklore, and the power of story to build compassion and bridge understanding among people.

Kelsey Freeman holds a BA in Government and Legal Studies, and is passionate about Indigenous rights, immigration policy, social justice, and public policy. She taught English and studied migration in central Mexico on a Fulbright Fellowship. No Option but North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border, is based on a year of interviewing Central American migrants as they journeyed through Mexico. She currently works at Central Oregon Community College, where she runs a college-readiness program for Native American high school students.

Tess Freeman is a freelance photographer and videographer with a passion for human interest stories, which led her to Mexico to shoot photos for No Option but North. She studied journalism at the University of Oregon focusing on photography, video and multimedia storytelling. She has worked as a multimedia journalist for The Bulletin, staff photographer at The Coeur d’Alene Press, and a photographer for Rustic Pathways. When not working, she can be found in the backcountry via splitboard, bike, or a 18-foot raft named Bunda.

Kimberlee Gard spent most of her childhood running from reading, until a loving teacher taught her the tools to overcome her learning disorder, and showed her the magical world of books. From this came Kimberlee’s aspiration to write children’s books that would foster that same love of reading in others. Watching her own son battle dyslexia further inspired her to create stories that would encourage and engage even the most struggling and reluctant reader. Kimberlee and her family live on a small farm with a gaggle of barnyard friends that offer constant inspiration for the stories she writes.

Johanna Garton is a mother, writer, and cross country coach. She has dabbled in nonprofit
consulting, college teaching and a brief, but quickly extinguished career as a lawyer. Johanna’s mother, also a journalist, devoted ten-years to researching Christine Boskoff’s story. Johanna continued the research, conducting more than 75 interviews, to finish Edge of the Map. She and her husband share their home in Denver with two bright children who are much wiser than she is and the inspiration of her storytelling.

Loretta Gilbert owned and operated a small assisted living residence in Colorado. She was on the Colorado Department of Health Assisted Living Advisory Committee and served as president of the Colorado Assisted Living Association. Growing up on the Wind River Reservation gave her an expansive understanding of the circle of life. Loretta’s commonsense approach to caregiving and helping seniors and families emerged from her unique life experiences. She lives in Colorado with her husband and much loved animals.

Stephanie Harper received a BA in English from CU Boulder, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Her narrative nonfiction work can be found in a number of publications both in print and online. She often writes about chronic illness and spirituality. Stephanie is passionate about helping other writers and has served as tutor, writing coach, and developmental editor on a number of projects. She’s always open to new projects and collaborations. Stephanie and her family live in Littleton, CO.

Voted Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year for 2021-22, Sue Hinkin is a former college administrator, TV news photographer, and NBC-TV art department manager. She was also a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute. She has been recognized as a 2018 International Book Award finalist, Reader’s Choice winner, Silver Falchion short-lister, and Foreword Indies award winner. Sue lives in Littleton, Colorado where she is the new grandmother of twin girls who already love a good book.

Deborah Martinez Martinez is a publisher and editor at her company Vanishing Horizons. Her desire is to to help people realize their writing goals and to promote literacy. She has previously worked as Interim Director for
Pueblo Hispanic Education, Assistant Director of Admissions at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and has volunteered as a historical interpreter. As an Author, Deborah shares her excitement about El Pueblo’s time period through children’s stories, articles, books, and researching history. 

James McVey has worked as an outdoor journalist, wildlife biologist, musician, and university professor. He has traveled widely and written about such places as the Nepal, Patagonia, and the coral reefs of Cuba. His short stories and essays have appeared in literary journals around the world. He has read his work at the Sorbonne in Paris and was the featured American author at the Watermark Literary Muster in Australia. James lives in Eldora, Colorado where he operates Victory Gardens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing local food systems.

Fifth generation Colorado native Jeri Norgren has spent most of her life exploring the mountains and all the wonders they hold. As a member of the Denver Fortnightly Club, she has authored numerous papers on a variety of topics. Club minutes from 1895 detailing the passage of a motion to rename Mt. Evans inspired her fascination with the nomenclature of Colorado’s highest peaks. Jeri is a nature-lover who lives on an historic Englewood, Colorado farm where dogs, coyotes and a pair of great horned owls keep her company.

Pemba Sherpa grew up in one of the poorest regions of Nepal. At 16 he began leading expeditions to climb the highest mountains in the world. After settling in Colorado, Pemba opened a restaurant in Boulder where began serving his family’s recipe for traditional chai tea. Overwhelming demand has lead to the development of Sherpa Chai which is marketed worldwide. Pemba’s success has enabled him to build a bridge across the treacherous Dhud Koshi, providing a safe passage for thousands in his home village, and cutting the commute for school children from 3 hours to only 30 minutes.

Sonja K. Solter developed a voracious love of reading as a child. She enjoys writing poetry and prose for children of all ages. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and her master’s critical thesis was on writing trauma in middle grade and young adult realistic fiction. She is currently a creative writing mentor to youth and Drafting Workshop Lead for the Society of Young Inklings and Sonja lives with her husband and two children in Louisville, Colorado, and enjoys nature, travel, and yoga.

For Molly Tanzer, writing is her refuge, obsession, passion – her life. She is the author of the Diabolist’s Library trilogy, the weird western Vermilion, an io9 and NPR “Best Book” of 2015, and the British Fantasy Award-nominated collection, A Pretty Mouth. Her critically acclaimed short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Transcendent: The Year’s Best Trans and Nonbinary Speculative Fiction, and elsewhere. She lives outside of Boulder, CO with her cat, Toad.

David A. Varel is a historian of the modern United States who specializes in intellectual history, African American history, the history of race and class, and the civil rights movement. His research examines the social construction of race, paying special attention to the role of black intellectuals in combating scientific racism during the first half of the 20th century. David is an affiliate faculty member of history at Metropolitan State University-Denver. He earned his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Nancy Walker took care of her mother during the last ten years of her life. She found the commonsense approach extremely helpful during this challenging time. Her diverse background as a professional working for small businesses and global corporations taught her to be flexible while managing change, both of which were essential during those caregiving years. A lifelong learner, Nancy is also a certified Emergenetics Associate. She’s a Colorado native, a theater enthusiast, and an avid reader.

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