Rocky Mountain Fiction Fest Finalist Announcements

Join us for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers annual summer party! The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will be announcing their Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the Year.

Congratulations to this year's finalists!
Writer of the Year finalists: Curtis Craddock, Gwen Florio, and Mandy Mikulencak.
Independent Writer of the Year finalists: Sue Duff, Corinne O'Flynn, and Bernadette Marie.

About Curtis Craddock:
Curtis Craddock was born in the wrong century and quite possibly on the wrong planet. He should have been born in a world where gallant heroes regularly vanquish dire and despicable foes, where friendship, romance, wit, and courage are the foundations
of culture and civilization, and where adventure beckons from every shadow.

Instead, he was born on Earth and lives in a world bounded by bureaucracy, hemmed in by cynicism, and governed by the dull necessity of earning a wage. An exile in this world, he is a biographer of friends he’s never met, a chronicler of events that never
happened, and a cartographer of places that never were.

Given that the mundane world supplies a dearth of oddly progressive kingdoms to be saved, he spends his time saving cats, dogs, and the occasional bird of prey. By day, he teaches Computer Information Systems classes to offenders at a correctional facility.
By night, he puts on his writer’s cap, the broad-brimmed one with a feather, and, into the prison walls of reality, etches defiant words of legend.

His debut novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors was released by Tor in August 2017.

About Gwen Florio:
Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of Montana, which won the Pinckley Prize for debut crime fiction and a High Plains Book Award. Under the Shadows (Midnight Ink, March 2018) is the fifth novel in the Lola Wicks series, termed “gutsy” by the New York Times. She turned to literary fiction with Silent Hearts (Atria, July 2018), a novel set in Afghanistan. A former reporter for the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, Florio is the city editor of the Missoulian in Montana.

About Mandy Mikulencak:
Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life: first, as a journalist, then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency. She is the author of two historical novels published by Kensington Publishing: The Last Suppers (December 2017) and Forgiveness Road(February 2019). Mikulencak lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband, Andy.

About Sue Duff:
Sue Duff is the award winning, bestselling author of the Fantasy/SciFi adventure series, The Weir Chronicles. The five book series is published by CrossWinds Publishing. In addition, she is a contributing author at Wicked Ink Books, and her short stories have appeared in the anthologies TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time and OFF Beat: Nine Spins on Song. Another WIB anthology, DEAD NIGHT: Four Fits of Fear, will be available fall 2018. When she isn't saving the world one page at a time, she can be seen walking her Great Dane, creating something delicious in her kitchen or shooing pests away in her garden. 

About Corinne O'Flynn:
Corinne O'Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of The Expatriates fantasy-adventure series, Witches of Tower Hill paranormal suspense series featuring the award-winning GHOSTS OF WITCHES PAST, and the Aumahnee Prophecy urban fantasy series. She is also a publisher with Wicked Ink Books, whose award-winning titles include the anthologies TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time and OFF BEAT: Nine Spins on Song.

About Bernadette Marie:
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.

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Event date: 
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors: Book One in the Risen Kingdoms Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765389602
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Published: Tor Books - June 19th, 2018

Silent Hearts: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501181924
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Published: Atria Books - July 24th, 2018

The Last Suppers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496710031
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: A John Scognamiglio Book - December 26th, 2017

Stack a Deck: Book Four: The Weir Chronicles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997015652
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Published: Crosswinds Publishing - February 1st, 2017

The Tea Shop Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631122149
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Published: 5 Prince Publishing and Books LLC - January 11th, 2018