E. E. Duncan is an elementary school teacher in Denver Public Schools, with a specialty in gifted and talented education. She and her husband Robert have three young adult children, Katherine, Alexander and Christopher, as well as two cats. Growing up in Colorado, she learned to appreciate the beauty of the state and the individuals who contributed to its history. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, playing word games, and, of course, Colorado history. She has published non-fiction children’s books for the “Great Lives in Colorado Biography Series,” published by Filter Press, a Colorado publisher including Helen Hunt Jackson: Colorado’s Literary Lady, Governor Ralph Carr: Supporting Japanese Americans and Felipe and Dolores Baca: Hispanic Pioneers. Another book Florence Sabin: Scientist, Educator, Humanitarian is part of the “Now You Know Bio Series,” also by Filter Press.
Rondi (not short for anything) Sokoloff Frieder grew up in New York, but moved to Colorful Colorado to teach elementary school, hike, and ski. Although she adores living in the wild west, she also enjoys exploring other times and places in the crafting of her middle grade novels. She has a found that digging up long lost family secrets makes for fabulous book writing! Rondi is the PAL LIAISON for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI and couldn’t keep writing without the support of her critique group, The Story Spinners, and the weekly NANO sessions at her dining room table. She plays guitar and flute, sings in a choir, loves taking pictures, and can still keep up with her husband and two grown sons on the slopes and trails. For more about Rondi, visit her website at www.rondibooks.com
Raised on a steady diet of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and mac and cheese, Coral Jenrette is now raising twin boys with her hubby. When the family isn’t reading or telling imagination stories, you can find them discussing conflict and character motivation from Disney stories (among others! But hey, she’s from Florida). Past, present, and a desired future, inspire her to write children’s books. More? Sure! www.coraljenrette.com
Mary Kuehner has read about a billion picture books (that’s an estimate). As an early literacy librarian for more than 20 years, she’s shared and recommended books to young children and their caregivers for her entire career, and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. As a kid she devoured books, and one of her earliest reading memories is of waking up at 6am on Easter morning, knowing that she wasn’t allowed to leave her bed yet, and picking up her current read: A Wrinkle In Time. Later she would be proud to report that she had read A WHOLE CHAPTER by herself. When she’s not writing she’s reading (OBVIOUSLY), mostly middle grade and YA, but also finds time to drink a lot of coffee, hike, watch British comedy panel shows (Taskmaster, anyone?), play storytime songs on the ukulele and talk to her cat, Pip.
Pockets and pens. Karen Deger McChesney’s lost without them. She’s always jotting story ideas on receipts and napkins, then stuffing them in pockets. She thrives on writing first drafts longhand and looking up word etymology. A founding member of Storytellers Are Us troupe and past board member of Rocky Mt.-SCBWI, she left magazine writing to follow her passion for writing for children. Can’t get enough: being outside, people-watching, reading literary novels, YA, and neighborhood newspapers. Nothing beats: laughing, making snow angels and disappearing into writing. Best-ever gift: her husband and stepson.
When she isn’t reading or writing, Susan Wroble spends her time volunteering, focusing on her favorite subjects — science, education, and dogs! She and her family are raising their sixth assistance puppy with Canine Companions for Independence. Susan lives in Denver with her husband Guy and their two children. They share their home with Hathaway, therapy dog extraordinaire, and Nella, pup in training.
Denise Schurr is a reader, writer and children’s literature enthusiast. She currently teaches elementary age kids in Colorado. When not surrounded by books or small children, Denise can be found hiking, biking, or enjoying the rather ridiculous, frequently funny and sometimes maddening moments in life with her husband and four children.
If you peek in her office window when the baby is napping, you’ll find Carrie Seidel fiddling with toys, having a staring contest with her computer screen, or banging her forehead, trying to knock free that one perfect sentence. Three novels and a dozen picture books have freed up a little space in her imagination, but there is so much left to get out! So as long as you’re standing there, peeking in through the window, you may as well knock and offer her a Starbucks Venti Caramel Macchiato. And perhaps a brownie—no nuts. These may very well get the juices flowing and the next Newbery Award winning novel finished.