2020 Conference Faculty

We are hard at work on Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2020. Check back later for more conference faculty. You can see the 2019 faculty list here.

The dates: April 17-19, 2020 (with Prequel on April 16)

Keynote Speakers


 

Delilah Dawson

Delilah Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson is the New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma, The Perfect Weapon, and the upcoming Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, as well as the Hit series, the Blud series, Servants of the Storm, and the Shadow series, written as Lila Bowen and beginning with Wake of Vultures. She’s the co-creator of the Tales of Pell with Kevin Hearne, beginning with Kill the Farm Boy. Her creator-owned comics include Ladycastle, Sparrowhawk, and Star Pig, and she’s written in the worlds of Marvel Action: Spider-Man, Star Wars Adventures, Star Wars Forces of Destiny, The X-Files Case Files, Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, and Labyrinth. She’s won 3 RT awards and has received numerous starred reviews. Delilah lives in Tampa with her family. Find her online at whimsydark.com and on Twitter, @DelilahSDawson, where she is known for writing tips and her dog’s soulful #borkbook poetry.

Laura DiSilverio

Laura DiSilverio

A retired Air Force intelligence officer, Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling and award-winning author of 21 mystery, suspense and young adult sci-fi novels. Her series include the Swift Investigations PI series (Minotaur), Ballroom Dance Mysteries (writing as Ella Barrick), Southern Beauty Shop Mysteries (writing as Lila Dare), Mall Cop Mysteries and Readaholics Book Club Mysteries (both Berkeley Prime Crime).  Library Journal named her standalone suspense novel, Close Call, one of the Top Five mysteries of 2016, and The Reckoning Stones (2015) won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery in 2016. Incubation, the first book of her young adult dystopian trilogy is an Amazon bestseller. A Past President of Sisters in Crime, she speaks and teaches widely on writing craft, the publishing life, and intelligence analysis. Recently an empty nester, she plots murders in Colorado and resists (mostly) the urge to be a long-distance  helicopter parent for her college kids.

Mary Jo Putney

Mary Jo Putney

A New York Times bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition with no known cure.  Her entire writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes. She has won numerous awards, has had ten RWA RITA nominations, two RITA wins, and received RWA’s 2013 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though best known for historical romances, she has also written contemporary women’s fiction, paranormal historical, and YA historical time travel.  Her stories invariably contain history, romance, and cats. And, she’s so distractible that she’s amazed that she ever finishes a book.

Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and Zer0es/Invasive, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and he served as the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds, and books about writing such as Damn Fine Story. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

Reavis Wortham

Reavis Wortham

Spur Award winning author Reavis Z. Wortham pens two series, the critically acclaimed Red River historical mysteries, and the Sonny Hawke contemporary westerns. Kirkus Reviews listed his first novel, The Rock Hole, as one of their Top 12 Mysteries of 2011. True West Magazine included the 5th Red River novel, Dark Places, as one of 2015’s Top 12 Modern Westerns. Wortham’s new high octane contemporary western thriller series featuring Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke kicked off in 2017 with the publication of Hawke’s Prey. The second book in that series, Hawke’s War, won the 2019 Western Writers Association’s Spur Award in the Best Mass Market Paperback category.

Acquiring Editors


 

Ty Drago

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the critically-acclaimed author of eight published novels, including the Undertakers Series for Middle Graders, which has been optioned for a feature film and TORQ, a new YA/ SF superhero adventure.  He is also the founder, managing editor, and publisher of ALLEGORY (www.allegoryezine.com), an award-winning online magazine of SF, Fantasy & Horror.  Together with his wife, Helene, he is the producer off the “Legacy” family of podcasts, which include “Legacy: The Novel Writing Experience” and the new “Legacy: The Immigrant Experience in America.”  He lives and works in South Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. Check out www.tydrago.com and www.twooldfolksdoingstuff.com if you want to know more!

Claire Eddy

Claire Eddy

Claire Eddy is an executive editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for over 30 years.  Working primarily in fantasy, science fiction, and horror, she has worked with such authors as Jacqueline Carey, Juliet Marillier, and Sherrilyn Kenyon and is always looking for that new best voice to bring to readers.

Seeking:  fantasy, horror, and science fiction

Thomas Hoeler

Thomas Hoeler

Tom is an associate editor at Del Rey Books, a science-fiction/fantasy imprint of Penguin Random House. Since 2014, Tom has worked across a wide spectrum of projects and authors within speculative fiction. Currently, he focuses on a variety of pop culture brands on licensed book programs from Star Wars, Blizzard, Stranger Things, Wizards of the Coast, and more. An avid reader of space opera, and all facets of fantasy publishing in particular; Tom’s always looking for that next great character to get attached to and follow on an epic journey through both familiar and unfamiliar worlds.

LOOKING FOR: Character focused space opera. Engaging magical fantasy. Vibrant new voices across SFF that are looking to challenge and reinvent well-worn tropes of the genre, or provide fresh perspectives on classic stories.

Claire McKinney

Claire McKinney

Claire McKinney is the founder and CEO of Claire McKinneyPR, LLC and Plum Bay Publishing, LLC. She also authored the book Do You Know What A Book Publicist Does? A Guide for Creating Your Own Campaigns. For thirteen years, Claire worked in New York City’s traditional publishing houses, including Little, Brown and Company; Henry Holt & Company; Bloomsbury; Hyperion Books for Children; Miramax; and Putnam. When she left the corporate world to start her PR business in 2019, she was the VP/Director of Publicity at Henry Holt.

Agents


 

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp  is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency. She holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. The author of Do You Need a Literary Agent?, she has worked in publishing and professional writing and editing for the better part of the last two decades and loves helping authors hone their craft and learn about the ever-changing business of publishing. She and her husband, novelist Warren Hammond, live in an old carriage house in the heart of Denver and love collecting stamps in their passports.

Becky LeJeune

Becky LeJeune

Becky LeJeune is an associate agent at Bond Literary Agency, a Denver-based agency run by Sandra Bond. Prior to joining the agency, Becky spent time working as a bookseller, a freelance cookbook editor, and an acquisitions editor for a small, regional press. She is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute.

Becky is actively building her client list, and is interested in cookbooks and YA and adult submissions in the following genres: horror, mystery/suspense/thriller, historical fiction, sci fi, fantasy, and general fiction. She enjoys plot driven narratives with unique settings, strong world building, and well-developed characters. 

Maureen Moretti

Maureen Moretti

Maureen Moretti began her publishing career as an intern with several prestigious New York City literary agencies before joining P.S. Literary as an associate agent. She holds a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College of California, and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. Maureen is looking for narrative driven non-fiction with a gripping voice and a unique hook, such as unusual or untold biographies, commentary on culture, both mainstream and subversive, and new interpretations of history. She is also actively searching for fiction, romance, upmarket and commercial women’s fiction, select science fiction, thrillers, mysteries, and literary fiction. She loves new perspectives on old stories, characters that resonate and stay with you, novels about the zeitgeist, non-fiction that teaches you by accident and loves a happily ever after. 

Seeking genres: Mainstream commercial, Romance, Romance Suspense, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Devin Ross

Devin Ross

Devin Ross is an agent with New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. After graduating from Lawrence University, she went on to get her Certificate in Publishing from the Denver Publishing Institute. After starting her publishing career at Penguin Random House, she found her longterm home at New Leaf representing both children’s and adult titles. She is looking for anything that helps her see her own in a different light. Devin loves books that teach her things, whether purposeful or through the telling of a story, it doesn’t matter. She is a lifelong learner and is always looking to expand her horizons. At this time, she is specifically looking to grow her list Contemporary Romance, Women’s fiction, nonfiction, and anything with a social justice tilt to it. 

Seeking: YA: Magical Realism, nonfiction, Contemporary with Social Justice. Adult: Contemporary Romance, RomComs, Women’s fiction, Literary fiction, Nonfiction

Lesley Sabga

Lesley Sabga

Lesley Sabga has worked as an editorial intern and freelancer for multiple publishing houses. She’s also been working for The Seymour Agency since 2014. Starting out as an eager intern, she worked her way up to a Literary Assistant, and in the fall of 2017, Lesley became an Associate Agent with The Seymour Agency.

Lesley loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots. She is actively acquiring MG, YA, and Adult fantasy/science fiction and she is always down to read a dark and twisty suspense or thriller featuring strong, female protagonists. She also loves a classic happily-ever-after romance or curling up with a good mystery. She is also interested in acquiring narrative non-fiction.

When she is not rescuing animals or searching for her next debut author, Lesley is a constant occupant at local bookstores in Colorado Springs and is a self-proclaimed coffee aficionado.

Seeking: Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, YA Mainstream, YA Romance

Abby Saul

Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. She loves working with her clients and new authors, and her agenting style is agile and editorially focused, with an eye towards partnership and publishing innovation. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband and son. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.

Specific genres:

ADULT ONLY. Women’s fiction, historical fiction, domestic suspense/female-driven thrillers, mysteries, literary

Authors and Specialists


 

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut duology and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She’s a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies and her collections Word Puppets and Scenting the Dark and Other Stories.

Her novel Calculating Stars is one of only eighteen novels to win the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards in a single year.

As a professional puppeteer and voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), Mary Robinette has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures, and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She records fiction for authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary Robinette lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com.

Bob Mayer

Bob Mayer

Bob Mayer is a former Green Beret and the NY Times Bestselling author of over 75 books across a wide range of genres and nonfiction. He’s been on bestseller lists in thriller, science fiction, suspense, action, war, historical fiction, nonfiction, and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll. His novels include the bestselling Area 51, Green Beret, Atlantis, and Time Patrol series and collaborations with Jennifer Crusie. Bob draws on all of his experiences to write his novels and his nonfiction books, including The Novel Writer’s Toolkit: A Guide To Writing Great Fiction; and Write It Forward: From Writer to Successful Author and Who Dares Wins: Special Operations Tactics for Success; Bob has presented for over 1,000 organizations both in the United States and internationally, including keynote presentations, all day workshops, and multi-day seminars.