lETTERS Members

Diana Alishouse draws inspiration and ideas for her art and writing from nature and her experiences with mood disorder. She has a B.A. in Social Studies and English and took art classes at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. A body of work titled The Ragged Edge was exhibited in the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. Her non-fiction book Depression Visible: The Ragged Edge combines her art and memoir with factual information about the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual aspects of mood disorders. www.depressionvisible.com 

Margaret Brettschneider (a.k.a. M.J. Brett) taught literature and journalism for thirty years, twenty-one in Germany and seven on the infamous Cold War Border. As an experienced "people watcher," Ms. Brett writes stories she feels "need" to be told ... of the psychological questions and unending variety of emotion and error inherent in all human relationships, and the events that change history right out from under us. Each of her nine books: Mutti's War, Shadows on an Iron Curtain, Between Duty and Devotion, Street Smart on a Dead End, Mama Told Me Not to Come, I Think I Can, I Think I Can, Dancing in the Wind, Stand Silent, Stand Free, and Truth Lies Six Foot Under, reflects this historical interest in people. Find her on Facebook or www.mjbrett.com

Cynthia (Cindi) Carroll is the author of Where Did the Maya Go?, a children’s book that was marketed in schools in all the English-speaking countries. She has also written several personal essays for Venture Inward Magazine and is currently writing a novel, The House on Marquette. Over the years she has taught third and fourth grades and has given lessons on flute and piano. She enjoys sewing and travel, and now digitizes embroidery designs, creates art quilts, and has been a docent at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for over twenty years.

Carol Caverly is the author of the Thea Barlow Wyoming mystery series, All the Old Lions, Frogskin and Muttonfat, and Dead in Hog Heaven. Her books were local best sellers and selections of the Detective Book Club, and her latest short story appears in the anthology, Homicide Host Presents. A founder of Wyoming Writers and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, she served as president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a long-standing member of the MWA, Sisters in Crime, and Pikes Peak Writers. She has judged numerous PPW and RMFW writing contests, presented at local and national writing conferences and served on editorial boards for two short story anthologies.

Joyce Gregor is a poet and grant writer/nonprofit consultant, living in Westcliffe. A graduate of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, she penned the words of its Alma Mater, and her poems and articles have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. She recently published a gift book, Flowers of Faith, and aided the Branch  in developing and bringing poetry education and writing to elementary school children. Her current projects include, working with a team of writers and actresses in writing a play, Interruptions, that highlights women’s stories about transcending personal struggles and interruptions in their lives, while also writing a book on the History of old Colorado Church Structures built before 1900.

Nancy Godbout Jurka is an award winning published author, educator photographer, and a poetry and children’s writing judge whose stories, articles and poems have appeared in Heron Dance, The Story Circle Network Journal, Wyoming Poets” Anthology Distant Horizons, and Women Writing the West publications. Writing as Anna Blake Godbout, Journey On: Beauty and Grit along the Way, was published in 2012 with Mountain Tapestry Press LLC, who will also publish her second poetry collection titled Journey On: Life in Small Pieces in 2014. Professional memberships include Women Writing the West, American PEN Women in Letters, SCWBI, and the Colorado Independent Publishing Association. Website: www.annablakegodbout.com

Beverly Lewis was born in the heart of Amish country - Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At nine, she began writing short stories and poetry. Prior to that, she made up lyrics to the "little fingers" piano pieces she learned, at the age of five. She was both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician before becoming an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of over 75 books of fiction for children, teens, and adults. Her own children were well into middle school before she first became published in magazines, and her first book followed in 1993—Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans. With more than ten million copies of her novels in print, Lewis spends her free time touring and speaking. Discover more about Lewis at: www.beverlylewis.com. 

Elizabeth Diane Martin writes about how creativity works in both artists and entrepreneurs who bring new ideas and goods to the world. Her work blends writing, art, leadership development, and Internet business development. She is a pioneer in business, by working with artists and vision-directed entrepreneurs, to help people realize and lead with work that is a natural, creative extension of their very being.  She is currently developing an online course for training in purpose-centered leadership, and publishes a free newsletter for owners called "The Art of Perspective: for the way we think."

Linda Mojer has built a long career on an expertise in the written word to develop strong and effective communications. After producing successful scholarship and capital campaign grants in a traditional academic setting for 10 years, she transitioned into a Managing Editorship of a niche publication for over 20 years. She established her own firm, WithSubstance, Inc. in 2007 – specializing in writing and editorial services, training and consulting – as well as executive administrative services and web management, publication project management, layout design, public relations and media development.

Charlene “Sharly” Potts is cofounder, with her husband, John, of an educational nonprofit, Professionals to the World, and with him, has written a textbook, Values and Principles that Can Change the World, which is being taught in the national universities of Honduras. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary. She is currently finishing a children’s textbook titled Principles that Make You Strong, and has worked as a contract writer and passage finder for Harcourt/Pearson. Having spent most of her life volunteering with young people, she has lived in England, traveled extensively in Honduras, and visited many other countries.

Sarah Byrn Rickman has written seven books about the WASP, the women who flew for the U.S. Army in World War II. Five — two novels and three nonfiction — are published and number six, nonfiction, is under contract with projected publication in the spring of 2016. Sarah is a former reporter/columnist for The Detroit News and editor of the twice-weekly Centerville-Bellbrook (Ohio) Times. She has worked as an independent contractor in writing and editing. She earned her Bachelors in English from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Creative Writing from Antioch University McGregor. She earned her Sport Pilot certificate in 2011 in order to bring more first-hand knowledge and credibility to her aviation writing. Learn more at sarahbyrnrickman.com and flighttodestiny.com.  

Brenda Speer has been practicing law since 1989, emphasizing intellectual property law (patent, trademark and copyright) and providing legal counsel to artists, entertainers, innovators, companies and individuals in the creative, technological, business and real estate arts. A long-time resident of Colorado Springs, she lives with her husband and a collection of books, writing, sewing and needlework supplies. She is actively affiliated with many community organizations, as a member or board director, and one of her favorite creative activities is playing principal French horn with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic. Although she has published numerous articles on legal topics, she aspires to be a novelist.

Cassandra Quinn Thomas holds a Master's Degree in Southwest Studies from Colorado College and a BA in English from UCCS.  Cassandra began her writing life as Editor of the high school newspaper, The Lever.  She went on to initiate a company newspaper,  The TRW Transmitter,  while working as a technical writer.  In the course of her writing life she was awarded an El Pomar Scholarship, a Colorado Scholar's Award, a Golden Key Honor Society Award and Honorable  Mention, Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, San Jose State University.  Most recently her poems were accepted for publication in the Denver Women's Press Club Contest, By-Line Magazine, NLAPW Pen Woman Magazine and Poetry Salzburg Review, Salzburg, Austria.