My husband-PI-partner and I will be faculty members at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. We're teaching two workshops geared to writers: Surveillance 101 and Finding Missing Persons 101. Hope to see some of you there!
The Zen Man, a medium-boiled murder mystery featuring PI couple Rick and Laura ("the 21st-century Nick and Nora") is released as an eBook. To read a book excerpt and catch up on Colleen's book blog tour and contests, go to http://www.thezenman.com
"I loved every word of The Zen Man!" - Delores Fossen, USA Today Bestselling Author
We're teaching a month-long class to the Romance Writers of America's Kiss of Death chapter titled "From Chasing Skips to Solving White Collar Crimes: The 21st Century Private Eye":
We're teaching a one-week class at Savvy Authors titled "Surveillance 101":
Article about our investigations business in Denver's Westword newspaper: "The Plot Thickens, For these married Denver detectives, truth is more fun than fiction"
Book launch for How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths.
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Colleen and Shaun will be teaching a workshop to the North East Ohio Romance Writers Association: "White Collar Crime"
Article "Getting Down and Dirty: Conducting Trash Hits" in the March/April issue of PI Magazine, whose theme is "Profile of the American Woman PI".
Colleen is part of writers panel "It's Not Just Fiction to Me" at Left Coast Crime conference
Article "Social Media: A Multi-Purpose Investigation and Profit-Making Tool" in PINow.com Investigation News
Article "Turbo-Market Your Private Investigator Business in 2011" in PINow.com Investigation News
Article "When Does Legitimate Investigative Activity Become Intimidation?" in PINow.com Investigation News
Date: September 13 - 19 2010
Class Title: Surveillance 101
For more information, go here
Colleen's article "10 Tips for Testifying in Court" published in September-October issue of PI Magazine.
Colleen's article "While Surfing the Net, Don't Toss Your Data Out to Sea" published in Romance Writer's Report (RWR).
Date: July 28 - August 1
Class Title: What Kind of Private Eye Are You Writing?
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Date: July 17 - 31
Class Title: Teaching Surveillance 101 & Finding People, for Sisters in Crime, Guppies
You must be a member of Sisters in Crime, Guppies, to take this course. For more information, go here
Date: April 5 - 30 2010
Class Title: Skips, Lies & Videotapes (How PIs Find the Missing, Nail the Fraudulent, and Obtain the Proof)
For more information, go here
Colleen and her business partner will be speaking at Authors Fest, Manitou Springs, Colorado (October 2-3).
Bobby Brown (the bail bondsman from Dog the Bounty Hunter) is the guest speaker at Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America October meeting (http://www.rmmwa.org/Calendar.html).
Quick Studies on the Shady Side: Tips for Developing Sleuths: September 21-28, 2009: Your Cheatin' Heart: Infidelity Investigations (to register, go to www.writingprivateinvestigators.com)
September 22: Colleen and Shaun (the "Private Eye Duo") will be sleuthing in Seekerville http://seekerville.blogspot.com/. Drop by the blog, post a comment, be eligible to win prizes!
Colleen and her business partner were the after-dinner speakers at the Colorado Coroners Association annual conference, June 12, Colorado Springs
June kicks off "Quick Studies on the Shady Side: Tips and Techniques for Writers Developing Sleuths and Villains," a series of quick-study online courses for writers that focus on specialized areas of investigations. For class schedule and registration info, go to http://www.writingprivateinvestigators.com.
Colleen is interviewed in NovelIdeas, newsletter for the Virginia Romance Writers, this month.
"Skips, Lies, and Videotape: The Missing, the Fraudulent, and the Proof": Online class by Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman for RWA chapter The Heart of Dixie. Class syllabus and registration information will be posted soon at: http://www.heartofdixie.org/onlineworkshops.html
Colleen's article "Trials 101: A Brief Introduction to the Courtroom and its Gladiators" is in the Virginia Romance Writers' April newsletter, NovelIdeas.
Colleen's article, Your Cheatin' Heart: Infidelity Investigations, is on the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America's website blog: http://mysterymuse.wordpress.com/
The Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America had their annual holiday party, a fun-for-all sleuth-fest at the Adams Mystery Playhouse. Below is a photo of the mystery writers who attended, including yours truly.
Bouchercon, October 9-12, 2008 in Baltimore, MD: http://www.charmedtodeath.com/
Writing PIs in Novels online class, September 8-October 2, 2008. To register, go to http://www.writingprivateinvestigators.com
June 13-15: Colleen will be attending the Colorado Coroners Conference (no DeadHead jokes, please) where her investigative business partner is presenting the "Successfully Testifying in Court" workshop.
May 31 - June 1: Colleen will be presenting "Missing Persons 101" on Poe's Deadly Daughters.
Denver's most storied lawyer, Walter Gerash, who has taken the cause of the downtrodden and different and made a career representing the notorious, is on the cover of this month's Super Lawyers magazine. The cover, and the article The Supreme Warrior, are below:
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Article Page 2
This month, Walter will also be speaking on "How the Trial Lawyer Solves Mysteries in High-Profile Cases" to the Rocky Mountain chapter Mystery Writers of American on April 10. For more info, go here.
Left Coast Crime
Writers conference: http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2008/
March 6-9, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.
March 6: Colleen presented on the "PIs in the 21st Century" panel.
This new website, designed by the talented Rae Monet, Inc., launches!
Colleen’s article Writing the PI Genre: Exaggerating the Possible published in Novelists Inc. January 2008 NINK newsletter.