MEET OUR AUTHORS
Jean knew when her eyes locked with those of a smooshy-faced little dog, who sat inside a kennel at her local Humane Society, that it was love at first sight. He captured her heart and she captured some of their many adventures in sweet short story poems starring her often mischievous and always adorable rescue pug named Zuggy. Jean enjoys visiting school and community events, sharing these light-hearted and beautifully illustrated books. See their fun photo gallery at: ZuggyThePug.com.
Diane M. Campbell – Thriller/Suspense
Diane M. Campbell is the award-winning author of Point Blank, a contemporary mystery/suspense novel set in her beloved Colorado Rockies. Diane loves adventurous stories and mysteries, especially those that include unexpected plot twists and lovably quirky characters. She’s also a lover of all things outdoors, so if she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her under a shade tree or out on a backcountry trail, soaking in some fresh inspiration. She currently serves as treasurer of the Colorado Springs chapter of ACFW.
Bryan E. Canter – Historical Fiction
Bryan Canter has a keen interest in history and the Christian faith. He has a passion for lifelong learning in an eclectic array of subjects. Bryan has earned a Batchelor of Science degree in engineering physics, a Master of Arts degree in religious studies, as well as a Master of Arts in liberal arts from a “great books” program at St. John’s College. He writes historical fiction in order to make history come alive for his readers, allowing them to experience the past in new and engaging ways.
Carol Rose Cuppy – Blogger – Science and Adventure
Carol loves to bring vibrant stories to the world around her, whether it be through her writing or her career as a graphic designer. With a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication, she has learned to pluck all the strings of a reader’s senses in order to make her stories sing. When not writing or designing, Carol can be found hiking the dramatic slopes of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, volunteering with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, or snuggled up with her cats and a volcanology textbook. Carol is a member of Pikes Peak Writers, ACFW, and Romance Writers of America, and actively posts on her blog Volcano Hopper.
Felicia Ferguson – Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Felicia achieved master’s degrees in Healthcare Administration and Speech-Language Pathology, but has written since childhood and dreamed of authoring books that teach and inspire others. An award-winning fiction and non-fiction freelance writer, Felicia has written online devotions as well as features articles in a national magazine. Her radio devotional, Build Faith for the Journey, airs Saturdays on Christian Mix 106. However, her first and main love is writing contemporary women’s fiction. She loves helping her characters use biblical principles and counseling techniques to heal from their past traumas and woundings.
As a child, Felicia lived in Kansas, Texas, and Louisiana before her family settled on a horse and cattle farm in Kentucky. For the past ten years, though, she soaked up the Florida sun. But then God moved her once again. This time out of the South and into the mountains of Colorado. When she’s not glued to her laptop, Felicia enjoys hiking, meandering with her thirteen-year-old Frenchie, and looking forward to the next story.
Eileen Hickman – Fantasy and Science Fiction
Eileen R. Hickman has always believed there is more to life than meets the eyes. This belief was confirmed by the stories of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Patricia A. McKillip, and reinforced when she found her way into the final frontier with Star Trek.
Now she writes fantasy with a science fiction slant. Her stories take place in her Seven World Dominion, and she delights in discovering new things about this many-faceted cosmos. When she isn’t writing and world-building, she’s reading, making music, or traveling, camera in hand. She lives with her husband on the Colorado Front Range.
Jayme H. Mansfield– Historical, Contemporary, and Literary Suspense Fiction
Loosening the reins and leaning into a creative life—that’s Jayme’s sweet spot as an author and artist. She’s passionate about speaking with readers and writers—teaching the writing craft and guiding others in their artistic pursuits. The transformative power of art and faith are common threads in her award-winning historical and contemporary novels, Chasing the Butterfly, RUSH, and Seasoned ~ A Vintage Love with Modern-Day Flavor. Her latest literary suspense, Portrait of Deceit, delivers the same. Jayme and her husband live on a ranch in southern Wyoming where she hosts horse and art/writing retreats.
Visit www.jaymehmansfield.com for books, art, and creative inspiration.
Susan G. Mathis – Historical Romance
Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Susan has been published more than thirty times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books. She has eleven in her fiction line including, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, Katelyn’s Choice, Devyn’s Dilemma, Sara’s Surprise, Reagan’s Reward, Colleen’s Confession, Peyton’s Promise, Rachel’s Reunion, Mary’s Moment, and A Summer at Thousand Island House. Her three-book lighthouse series comes out in 2024. Her book awards include three Illumination Book Awards, four American Fiction Awards, three Indie Excellence Book Awards, five Literary Titan Book Awards, a Golden Scroll Award, and a Selah Award.
Susan is also a published author of two premarital books, two children’s picture books, stories in a dozen compilations, and hundreds of published articles. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs and enjoys traveling around the world but returns each summer to enjoy the Thousand Islands. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com/fiction for more.
Cathy McCrumb – Science Fiction with Heart
Cathy McCrumb graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature and a love for stories. She and her husband, whom she met while writing letters to soldiers, have five children. They currently live in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. While writing science fiction is one of her favorite things, she enjoys long hikes (followed by long naps), gluten-free brownies, raspberries, and crocheting while watching science fiction, mystery, or fantasy movies with friends and family.
Most of her imaginary friends are nice people.
Alyssa Schwarz – Christian Romance, Contemporary, and Historical
Alyssa Schwarz is a Colorado native who got her masters in Geological Engineering and promptly became a watercolor artist and author (as one does). She loves writing heartfelt romances with happy endings, a bit of mystery, faith, humor, and second chances, all of which can be found in her Prescott Family Romance series set within the Colorado Rockies, as well as in her short stories that have appeared in Spark Flash Fiction magazine. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, baking up new recipes, or trying her hand at anything crafty or artistic.
Patti Sheen Gonzales – Contemporary and Historical Western
Patti Shene Gonzales enjoyed a thirty-year career as a psychiatric nurse and has always harbored a desire to write. She has three novels in progress spanning the contemporary and historical western genre. She hosts Step Into the Light, a bi-monthly interview style podcast, where guests share their journey out of darkness or ways they lead others out of darkness. She hosts published and unpublished writers on her two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer. Patti enjoys reading, writing, critiquing, watching old TV westerns, and spending time with family and friends.
She is the author of Cathy’s Christmas Confession: A Christmas Ridge Romance Book 3, the third book in a contemporary Christmas novella multi-author series. (Each story can stand alone). The book is available on Amazon in Kindle and print format and on Kindle Unlimited.
Patti was born in New York but has made her home in Southeastern Colorado for the past fifty years. She is one of the original founders of the Colorado Springs chapter of ACFW.
Davalynn Spencer – Inspirational Western Romance
Wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn Spencer writes cowboy romance. She teaches Creative Writing at Pueblo Community College, served as a columnist for two daily newspapers, and has sold countless nonfiction pieces to American Cowboy, Western Horseman, Power for Living, The Quiet Hour, Standard, and other periodicals. She is an ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling novelist, and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. And she’s fairly certain her previous career as a rodeo journalist and award-winning crime-beat reporter prepared her for life in Colorado wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley.
Jeanne Takenaka – Contemporary Fiction
Award winning aspiring novelist, Jeanne Takenaka, writes contemporary inspirational fiction that tackles real life issues with a heart to draw women closer to God and those around them. She hosts an inspirational blog where she shares about life and relationships and walking well with God. She lives near the mountains in Colorado with her amazing husband and two exuberant boy-men. She loves being God’s girl—always learning about His grace, hanging out with friends and enjoying a great cup of coffee. When she’s not writing you can find her with a camera in her hand, looking for #alittlebitofpretty in her days.
Becky Van Vleet – Children’s Picture Books and Adult Historical Fiction
Becky Van Vleet is a retired teacher and principal and award-winning multi-genre author. She has been published in Guideposts, The Country Register, Christian Devotions Ministry, Lighthouse Academy, and more. Her children’s picture books are the recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Editing award as well as the Purple Dragonfly award in 2020 and 2021. Becky is the author of Unintended Hero, a true story about her father’s battles, experiences, and adventures in WWII aboard the USS Denver. She is passionate about sharing the values from the Greatest Generation and is frequently booked as a guest speaker for high school classes about patriotism. Her debut devotional, What’s in Your Purse? is now available. A member of ACFW, Allauthor, and Shepherd for Authors, Becky has devoted her website to creating and preserving family memories and sharing family stories for the next generations through her monthly blogs.
Alicia Whittle – Western Contemporary Romance
Alicia Whittle has always been fascinated with the American West and eventually settled in Colorado. Cowboys and their lifestyle have enthralled her since childhood, when television was full of stories about them. She has enjoyed reading romance since she was a teen. Travels with her Air Force husband and later with RVing have included fascinating places and people which have also influenced her writing.
Alicia is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), a finalist in the ACFW 2022 First Impression Contest, and a semi-finalist in the ACFW 2022 Genesis Contest. She’s a Literary Titan Award winner for her previous book, Dead Ringer Cowboy. Alicia would love to connect with you.
Margie Wood – Inspirational Suspense with a Twist of Romance
Margie Wood’s heart is to help others find their way to forgiveness. She infuses this mantra into her fiction novels, where her characters live imperfect lives and experience truth and freedom.
A long-time Colorado resident, Margie fosters a love for Victorian mansions and the Rocky Mountains. In addition to a fascination with Colorado history, Margie’s happy places are sipping tea with good friends while dressed in Victorian fashions, and attending writing retreats in the serenity of the majestic mountains.