Our Authors

 Kudos to our published Western Slope authors!

Marian Merritt
MarianPellegrin Merritt writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. Her fascination with the written word began while sitting on her grandparent’s front porch swing reading books. 
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and an accounting certificate from the University of South Alabama. 
Marian has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers since 2003. Her first fiction title, Southern Fried Christmas, released in 2012. Her latest release is titled A Cajun Christmas Miracle. She writes from the Northwest Colorado home she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle, named Chili. Connect with her at: www.marianmerritt.com.

Robin Densmore Fuson
Robin Densmore Fuson is a self-published author through WestBow Press. is a  chapter book for grade school-aged children.
Rosita Valdez and the Giant Sea Turtle

Robin is also a runner-up in the Flash Fiction Contest printed in the Harpstring Special Edition Magazine by Written World Communications: Boarding Pass. She currently has a romance submitted and is a top three finalist, and is waiting to hear the contest results to be announced at Peak Writing Conference on Feb. 1 in Colorado Springs. She has also been published by various magazines and blogs.

Writing has been a consistent theme in Faye Roberts' life. Raised in Steamboat
Springs, Colo., she was blessed to have an encouraging high school creative writing teacher who told her that her talent with words was a gift to be shared.
Faye Roberts
Faye's writing received another boost when she entered a short story in a Guideposts magazine contest for first-time authors—and won! First prize was a trip to New York City, where she received a tour of the Guideposts editorial offices and met magazine founder Norman Vincent Peale. Her winning story, about her first Christmas following the death of her husband, was published in the magazine, followed by several more articles for Guideposts and stories in other Christian magazines.
Faye then branched into books and published Hey Lord, Can Angels Type? a compilation of devotionals for working women, followed by Fragile Treaties, a novel that captured her fascination with Chipeta, the sincere, kind-hearted wife of Ute Chief Ouray. Chipeta attained brief fame in the white man's world, but later died in obscurity and poverty on a reservation in Bitter Creek, Utah. The novel was selected as a finalist for a Willa Cather award from Women Writing the West.

Templa Melnick
Templa Melnick lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, and is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris. Together, they have raised three sons and a menagerie of animals. Templa loves history, out of the way museums, and dusty attics filled with forgotten treasures. She’s always ready to listen as old timers talk about how things were back in their day. Raised in the mountains of Colorado and influenced by colorful family memoirs, these elements naturally weave their way into her stories, creating rich, realistic details. Templa has wanted to be an author since she was in first grade. This July, that dream will finally become a reality with the debut of her first novel, Season of Forgiveness. 

Niki Turner
Niki Turner is a novelist, journalist, blogger, and the production manager for the Rio Blanco Herald Times weekly newspaper. Her first completed manuscript earned second place in the Touched By Love 2009 contemporary category romance contest. She has written articles for local newspapers, and won second place for best agriculture story at the 2013 Colorado Press Association annual convention. She blogs at www.nikiturner.net and is a co-blogger at www.inkwellinspirations.com. Niki is the Colorado Area Coordinator for American Christian Fiction Writers and is involved in establishing an ACFW chapter on Colorado's Western Slope, where she resides. She published Sadie’s Gift as one of the Christmas Traditions novella collection in 2014. Her next project, Santiago Sol, will be published by Pelican Book Ventures, LLC, as part of the Passport to Romance novella collection.


(If you are a published Western Slope ACFW Prologue Chapter author, please let us know! Send an email with your name and other pertinent information to westernslopeacfw@gmail.com to be added to this page.)

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful. Am looking forward to getting my signed copy!