Barry Eisler is the closest to an international man of mystery you'll get at this year's Pikes Peak Writers Conference, and luckily for all of us, he's a keynote speaker!
Barry once worked with the CIA's Directorate of Operations. If that's not cool enough for you, he was also a technology lawyer at an international law firm, in-house counsel in a Japanese company, and a startup executive in Silicon Valley. Because all work and no play makes Barry a dull boy, he earned his black belt in Judo at the Kodokan International Judo Center. Do not sneak up behind this author at conference!
All of that said, he has also found great success as a bestselling author. His books have won awards and made it onto "Best of" lists, and they've been translated into more than twenty languages. They include his John Rain thriller series and his Treven books. He's also published several short stories/novellas, and a couple of essays.
If you visit his website, you'll find a page for writers where he gives helpful information for others trying to find success in writing.
You can find him at the following places:
About the Author: Shannon Lawrence is a mom of two, a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Colorado Springs and is inspired by the beauty of Pikes Peak and the Rockies. After years of letting her writing fall by the wayside, she has recently thrown herself back into it. Her main focus is fantasy and horror and she has just finished a Young Adult Fantasy novel. She has a flash fiction piece featured in the anthology Sunday Snaps: The Stories, due out in 2013. She has also discovered a love of photography and enjoys photographing the breathtaking Colorado scenery and wildlife, as well as her children. She blogs about reading, writing and photography at www.thewarriormuse.com.