author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A
graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the
University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.
While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight,
a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense
novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS
Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.
Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), Last To Die (August 2012), Die Again (January 2015) and Playing With Fire
(October 2015). Her books have been published in forty countries, and
more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world.
Her books have been top-3
bestsellers in the United States and number one bestsellers abroad. She
has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.
Her series of novels
featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura
Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles” starring
Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.
Born and raised in Arizona, Kevin Hearne
attended college at Northern Arizona University, earning a degree in
English Education. It was during this time that he first got the writing
bug, thanks to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He
worked for the college newspaper both as an editorial cartoonist and as a
feature columnist, and started a novel that he never finished. He
taught high school English for three years in California before
returning to teach in Arizona.
Hearne decided to try an epic
fantasy. He wrote for three years and came up with 200,000 words or so,
which turned out to be a bit long for an unknown author’s debut. He
chopped it down and sent off a 114,000-word version to some agents, who
all rejected it, but he also sent it to one publisher, who replied after
only two weeks that it had passed the “first round” and would get
passed on to other editors soon. No other word came for many moons and
he began to work on something else while he waited. Kevin had an idea
for a web comic featuring a Druid who could communicate mentally with
animals, especially his own hound. Zuda.com was running a contest, and
he scripted out eight pages and completed six of them before realizing
that if he submitted his work, DC would own a piece of the characters,
or maybe own them outright. He didn’t want that, because he liked these
characters too much to share with anyone else. So he wrote a novel about
Atticus and Oberon instead, and it turned out to be great fun and
easier to write than anything else he’d tried before. He finished
writing Hounded in eleven months, and still hadn’t heard back from the publisher about his epic fantasy.
He sent out a round of twelve
queries and got some nibbles, but all ultimately rejected him. He
tweaked his first chapter for the twentieth time, revised his query
letter, and sent out another round of twelve queries. He got some more
nibbles, more rejections.
Evan sent Hounded to
nine publishers on September 9, 2009, along with teasers for the next
two books in the series. Inside of two weeks, four of those publishers
bid on the book at auction, and one of them, ironically, was the same
publisher who had been sitting on his epic for a year.
Hearne wrote Hexed in five months and Hammered in six to accommodate the back-to-back release schedule.
For reasons known only to the Big Guy upstairs, NYTimes and USA Today Best Selling author Darynda Jones won both a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT.
But even before that, she couldn’t remember a time she wasn’t putting
pen to paper. When she was five, she would pick up a pencil and notepad,
scribble utter chaos onto the page and ask her mom to read her
masterpiece aloud. Thankfully, her mother would play along. Later she
wrote plays for the neighborhood kids, made up stories for her brother
as he played cars, and fell in love with Captain Kirk. Those raging,
seven-year-old hormones only fueled her imagination, prompting her to
create fantastical stories for Barbie and Ken to enact. Ken was such a
bad boy back then.
After years of being
repeatedly sent to the principal’s office for daydreaming in class, she
managed to make it to high school where she almost finished her first
manuscript. Sitting with her BFF in a corner booth at the local Tastee
Freeze for hours at a time, she wrote a post-apocalyptic story about a
group of teens who bore a remarkable resemblance to the members of Van
Halen and were trying to escape the tunnels of a huge government fallout
facility decades after World War III had destroyed the surface of the
earth. It was a science fiction version of The Warriors and destined to
be a classic.
Life was good. Writing was
good. Then she graduated and the real world came crashing through. She
forced the dream aside in favor of sustenance and shelter, got married
to a local rock star, and had at least two kids that she can think of,
the oldest of whom was born Deaf, probably to spite her. When he was
five, she packed up her boys and moved to Albuquerque to put him in a
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program. The rock star stayed behind with the
business, and they took turns going back and forth on the weekends to
see each other for seven really long years.
While in Albuquerque, Darynda
decided to see the cup half full and go back to college while she still
had enough brain cells to make it worth her while. After graduating
Summa cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Sign
Language Interpreting, she moved back to her hometown and got a real
job. Several in fact, mostly teaching at a local college and
interpreting pretty much everywhere. Based on personal experience, she
does not recommend having more than three jobs at any given time.
But bit by bit, the desire to
write needled its way back to the surface. Unable to squelch it any
longer, she started writing seriously again in 2002 with one goal in
mind: A publishing contract. Unfortunately, she sucked. Thank goodness
practice makes almost-perfect and three complete manuscripts later, she
won that Golden Heart, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s
Press in a three-book deal.
She currently has two series
with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson series and the Darklight
Trilogy. She hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing
Darynda lives in the Land of
Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30
years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass
Literary Agency in New York in 1980. His agency sells more than 150
novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is
the author of The Career Novelist (1996),Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009) , The Breakout Novelist (2011) and Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012). He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.
For a complete list of faculty for PPWC 2017, please visit the PPW website.
Please note: Workshop titles, locations, and faculty are all subject to change without notice. PPW will do its best to keep you informed, but we cannot guarantee there won't be changes due to unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Register: Registration will run an early bird special from October 31 to November 14, 2016 and open officially on November 15, 2016 and run until April 24, 2017. Registration fee increases on March 16, 2017. Registration will be online only for the 2017 Conference.
Early bird pricing is $395. Regular pricing is $415 from November 15, 2016 through March 15, 2017.
Late pricing is $475 from March 16, 2017 through April 24, 2017.
Your conference registration fee includes Friday’s welcome lunch and dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, keynote luncheon and The Zebulon Awards banquet, and Sunday’s continental breakfast and farewell luncheon. Additional Saturday Banquet tickets are available to purchase for spouses and guests. Faculty members will host lunch and dinner tables so you have the opportunity to chat with that editor, agent, or author you’ve been dying to meet.
Payment Plan - The Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2017 payment plan works by breaking up the conference amount of $415 into 5 payments of $83 with a flexible payment schedule. You must pay the initial $83 when you register. Full payment must be completed by March 15, 2017. If you choose to bring banquet guests, make a donation, or purchase items you will pay for them at the time of addition, no matter where you are in your payments for conference costs. The early bird special is not open to the partial payment plan.
When you choose to pay the other 4 payments of $83 each is up to you so long as you complete full payment by March 15, 2017. If you add on the Thursday Session to PPWC2017, then there will be an additional payment of $90 to fit in before the deadline. If full payment (including Thursday, if applicable) is not completed on March 15, 2017, your attendance will be cancelled with NO REFUND. This is in line with our refund policy.
Prequel: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Pre-Conference Programming on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Thursday can be added to your PPWC Registration for an additional $90, or you can attend Thursday ONLY for $150. The Thursday prices include lunch.
The advanced track presented by Donald Maass is an additional $20.
Where: Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
Hotel: The Marriott Hotel is offering a special rate of $107 a night for conference guests. Click here by March 13, 2017 to book your rooms at their website.