Scheduled Speakers

Key Note Speakers

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Jodi Thomas


With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 novels and countless short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.

Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

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Jon Chandler

Award Winning Singer/Songwriter

Jon Chandler is a three time winner of the prestigious Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Linwood, his moody examination of Doc Holliday’s life won the Spur for Best Song in 2009, while his tribute to Wyoming’s Hole in the Wall country, Morning Star Moon, received the award in 2012.

His novel The Spanish Peaks received the WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (Spur Award) for Best First Novel, and he was named True West Magazine’s Best Western Musician. His Wyoming Wind, A Novel of Tom Horn, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. A seventh-generation Coloradan, Jon’s music and stories reflect his heritage, and his eight CDs, two novels, two nonfiction works and myriad short stories and nonfiction articles are collected by western lifestyle aficionados worldwide. He is finishing a coffee table book for the Nelson Museum of the West in Cheyenne, Wyoming entitled Meet Us in Cheyenne, as well as his next western novel, He Was No Hero.

He hosts the iconic monthly concert series America’s Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, Colorado. …. West of Laramie on Entertainment Tonight, while his Keepers of the Flame was the focal point of a conservation education program administered by the National Association of Conservation Districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and a variety of agricultural organizations. His Westerns inspired the Los Angeles Daily News to name him the “best western songsmith since Ian Tyson,” with Sepia Soul—The Best of Jon Chandler being praised as “a beautiful recording” by Cowboy Magazine.

His live CD, Maybe It’s the Moon, was recorded at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV. He recorded The Grand Dame of the Rockies for the famous Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, CO, and his latest CD, The Gang, chronicles his decades of riding Wyoming’s Hole in the Wall country with his pals. His newest endeavor, I’m Still Here will be released in late 2016.

Chandler spent over 20 years in corporate communications, providing public relations and marketing services to dozens of regional, national and international companies including Hughes Aircraft Company and Union Pacific Corp.

He holds a B.A. in communications and an M.A. in business public relations from the University of Northern Colorado. He has written - and ghostwritten - myriad opinion columns appearing in periodicals and newspapers throughout the country. As a professional voice talent, he has represented Ford Trucks, ICI Americas (Zeneca Ag), Coors and dozens of others. He narrated 11 audio novels that are in wide release.

Chandler is past-president and a director of the Hole in the Wall Gang, a western heritage organization founded by legendary Denver journalist Red Fenwick that annually rides Wyoming's famous Outlaw Trail. He holds memberships in the Western Writers of America, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Broadcast Music Incorporated. He is an avid trout fisherman, an equally avid grandfather, and lives near Denver, Colorado with his wife, Pat.

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Amy Brewer


Amy Brewer wears many hats every day, from literary agent at Metamorphosis, to co-author of the
Texting Prince Charming series, to social media manager, to yoga teacher. She is a graduate of
Culver-Stockton College with a theater degree because drama, romance, and angst are her lifelong passions. 

Her intuitive human understanding can help other writers bridge the communication gap and jump
into the publishing world. For the last few years she has been learning all she can about social media
optimization and platform building in the publishing industry. Amy’s experience in the mental health
field and yoga training help her guide and assist clients with stress and anxiety in this highly competitive industry. All of this is pulled together with a multi-tasking and hyper-organized brain, so that at the end of every day she feels accomplished and grateful. 

She’s seeking: Romances of all kinds, if your plot revolves around love or angst or both, send it to her. She is also looking for general fiction, LGBTQ+, women’s fiction, book club reads, and quirky humor.

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Marcia Preston


Marcia Preston’s career answers the burning question: What can you do with an English degree? She has edited two national magazines, taught high school English, served as PR director for a museum, and freelanced for a long list of publications. Her six novels have been published in at least seven languages and have earned a Mary Higgins Clark Award, an Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and four Best Fiction Book awards from OWFI. She’s a past president and honorary life member of both Oklahoma City Writers and OWFI, as well as an amateur lepidopterist and birdwatcher.

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Sharon Kizziah-Holmes


Sharon Kizziah-Holmes started writing songs in her teens. She became an accomplished, professional musician and performed with famous artists like Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., and Faron Young and appeared on The Nashville Network. She met her husband Dennis and they spent eight years on tour where they entertained throughout the lower forty-eight states, Alaska and Canada.

In the 1990’s Sharon and her husband moved to the Ozarks. Although she continued to perform, her passion changed from music to writing fiction. After joining Ozarks Romance Authors she attended conferences, seminars and workshops to hone her skills and learn the fundamentals of both the writing and publishing industries.

Today, Sharon shares her knowledge with new and seasoned writers in her own workshops. The success of those ventures led to the creation of indie assist publishing company Paperback Press. She is publishing coordinator and service provider for over sixty authors, in the US and abroad, and has published more than 300 books. Seven of those authors have become best sellers. She loves to help authors realize their publishing dream.

Sharon Kizziah-Holmes is the co-founder, co-owner and CEO of A&S Holmes, Inc and its subsidiaries. Some of which are Paperback Press, The Recording Shop and The Barber Shop. She is currently President of Ozarks Romance Authors, Vice President of Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, a member of Springfield Writers Guild and has served five consecutive years as a chair person for the American Cancer Society’s SWMO Cattle Baron’s Ball.

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