Tim Sandlin is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Sex and Sunsets, Western Swing, Honey Don’t, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty, Rowdy in Paris, and the GroVont Quartet, including his newest novel, Lydia. Movie credits include the Showtime original Floating Away, based on Sorrow Floats, and Skipped Parts, a TriMark film. He is also a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and has judged several writing competitions, including the Western States Book Awards.
Kyle Mills is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fifteen political thrillers. He recently took over writing the Mitch Rapp series for the late Vince Flynn and has also contributed books to a series created by Robert Ludlum. He initially found inspiration from his father, the former director of Interpol, and still draws on his contacts in the intelligence community to give his books such realism. Avid outdoor athletes, he and his wife have lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for over twenty years.
John Byrne Cooke
John Byrne Cooke’s latest book is On The Road With Janis Joplin, his memoir of road managing Joplin from her first national tour through Europe, Woodstock, and Festival Express 1970. John won a Spur Award for his first novel, The Snowblind Moon. He is the author of two more historical novels, South of the Border and The Committee of Vigilance. He created and wrote the documentary series Outlaws and Lawmen for the Discovery Channel. His first book of nonfiction, Reporting The War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism, was published in 2007.
Jeremy Schmidt is a writer and photographer of natural history and adventure travel, especially along the winding frontiers between the modern world and what’s left of the natural and indigenous. He is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books and hundreds of articles for magazines including Audubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Natura (Italy), Panorama (Netherlands), Outside, GEO, and others. For twelve years he was the adventure columnist for Universal Press Syndicate.
A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine McKenzie practises law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels, Spin, Arranged, Forgotten and Hidden, are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Hidden was also a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller. Her fifth novel, Smoke, was published by Lake Union on October 20, 2015 and is set in a fictional town that is loosely based on Jackson Hole. It was named a Best Book of October by Goodreads and one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by Amazon. She is at work on her sixth novel, which is expected to be published in October, 2016. She climbed the Grand Teton in July, 2014.
Patti Sherlock‘s latest book, A Dog for All Seasons, St. Martin’s, 2010, describes her years with Duncan, a border collie who helped her on an Idaho sheep farm and saw her through many cycles of change. Sherlock has written two other nonfiction books and three novels for young adults. Letters from Wolfie, Penguin-Putnam, which won numerous awards, told the story of a 13-year-old boy who volunteered his dog to be a scout dog during the Vietnam war. Her other books are Taking Back Our Lives, a meditation book, Some Fine Dog and Four of a Kind, Holiday House, and Alone on the Mountain, Doubleday, which chronicled the life of western shepherds.
Broughton Coburn graduated from Harvard College in 1973, and for two of the past four decades he has lived in the Himalaya of Nepal, Tibet and India, overseeing development and environmental conservation efforts for a variety of agencies. He has written or edited seven books, including two national bestsellers. In May of 2013, Crown published his most recent title, The Vast Unknown: America’s First Ascent of Everest, and in September of 2015, National Geographic Books re-released a new edition of Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, their second-biggest selling book of all time. He is Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado College, and lives in Wilson, Wyoming.
Tina Welling is the author of Writing Wild: Forming A Creative Partnership With Nature, and the novels Crybaby Ranch, Fairy Tale Blues, and Cowboys Never Cry. Her essays have been published in Shambhala Sun, The Writer, Body & Soul, and other national magazines, as well as four anthologies. She conducts creative writing and journal keeping workshops around the country. Welling resides in Jackson Hole.
Susan Marsh is an award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her books include The Wild Wyoming Range (Laguna Wilderness Press, 2013), War Creek (MP Publishing, 2014) and A Hunger for High Country (Oregon State University Press, 2014).
Deborah Turrell Atkinson
Deborah Atkinson weaves the legends and folklore of Hawaii into suspense-filled contemporary crime fiction. Atkinson lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a member of Sisters in Crime, Authors Guild, and Mystery Writers of America. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, University of Iowa Writers’ Summer Workshop, and a recipient of the University of Hawaii’s Meryl Clark Award for Fiction. Her books include Primitive Secrets, which is the introduction to the Storm Kayama series, The Green Room, which was a Book Sense Notable pick, Fire Prayer, and Pleasing the Dead.
Lise McClendon is the author of twelve novels plus short fiction, starting twenty years ago with The Bluejay Shaman, a mystery about a Jackson Hole art dealer. She wrote three more in that series, plus other series and stand-alone novels. In 2014 she wrote the sequel to her bestselling novel, Blackbird Fly, called The Girl in the Empty Dress. Her latest is a novella in the same series, Give Him the Ooh-la-la. She writes thrillers as Rory Tate — PLAN X is the latest — and runs Thalia Press. A group of Thalia writers collaborated on a novel releasing later this year, a spoof of Eat Pray Love featuring a vengeful chef. She runs the pre-conference workshop for novelists with Deborah Turrell Atkinson. Lise lives in Montana.
Mary Beth Baptiste
Mary Beth Baptiste is the author of Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons, a memoir about her wildlife biology work at Grand Teton National Park. Altitude Adjustment was the Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Gold Winner in Autobiography and Memoir. The book was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award, Next Generation Indie Book Award, High Plains Book Award, and WILLA Award. Mary Beth has also published her creative nonfiction in a variety of periodicals and anthologies.
Shawn Klomparens is the author of the novels Jessica Z and Two Years, No Rain. He studied English literature and geological sciences at Ohio University before moving to Wyoming
Bethany Schultz Hurst
Bethany Schultz Hurst is the author of Miss Lost Nation, which won the 2013 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her work has been selected to appear in Best American Poetry 2015 and in journals such as American Literary Review, The Gettysburg Review, New Ohio Review, River Styx, and Sixth Finch. She lives in Pocatello, Idaho, where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Idaho State University.
Tiffanie DeBartolo started her career as a screenwriter and filmmaker, writing and directing Dream for an Insomniac, which starred Ione Skye and Jennifer Aniston. She has published two novels: God-Shaped Hole and How To Kill a Rock Star. When she’s not writing, Tiffanie is busy running Bay Area-based indie record label Bright Antenna Records. Slowly but surely she is working on a third book and promises it will be finished before the decade ends. She tries hard not to break promises.
Amy Kathleen Ryan
Amy Kathleen Ryan is the author of the young adult The Sky Chasers trilogy, which has been published in fifteen countries. The first book, Glow, was selected as a Best Book of 2011 by School Library Journal, and was optioned by Fox Films. She is also the author of Vibes, a quirky comedy about plus-sized love. She lives in Wyoming with her family.
Nanci Turner Steveson
Nanci Turner Steveson writes literary realistic fiction for middle grade kids and young adults. Her first novel, Swing Sideways (HarperCollins, Spring 2016) was selected as one of only four books for the HarperCollins New Voices Program for summer 2016. Her second book, Georgia Rules, is due in 2017. Nanci is the Teen Creative Writing Program instructor for Teton County Library, and is on the board of directors of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. She lives in a historic meadow cabin in Jackson Hole with two dogs, two horses and lots of firewood.
David Riley Bertsch
David Riley Bertsch, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Since 2009 he has lived in Jackson, Wyoming, where he is a professional fly-fishing guide. He is the author of Death Canyon and River of No Return, the first installments in the Jake Trent novels, set in Jackson Hole.
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Deanna Neil is the author of The Land of Curiosities, a young-adult historical fiction trilogy about the founding of the Yellowstone National Park. Her books have garnered 9 awards including a Nautilus, Benjamin Franklin and Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Time Magazine for Kids named her a 2008 "Hero for the Planet." As a journalist, Deanna worked for the Air America Radio network, NPR, KCET and blogs for the Huffington Post.
With a graduate degree in journalism, Scott Schumaker‘s career began as a freelance writer for lifestyle and endurance sports magazines. An avid traveler, he found inspiration for Henry’s Big Star Adventure, his first book, while exploring Peru’s Amazon jungle and solo camping in Utah’s Canyonlands. When he is not writing or traveling, he is the managing partner of Bright Antenna Records and lives in Mill Valley, CA with his wife Tiffanie and their dogs, Dipsea and Dizzy.