Guest Author – R.S. Guthrie

R.S. Guthrie

Welcome Colorado Author – R.S. Guthrie

The Exclusive Interview…

Where do you live? Have you always lived there?

I currently live in Colorado. Grew up in both Northeastern Iowa and Northwestern
Wyoming, so there is a lot of Smalltown, U.S.A. in my blood. Love the
mountains—can’t live without ‘em!

When and why did you begin writing?

I dabbled in high school but I really started writing in college. I think I
started because I had all these stories in my head that needed release. Not

What inspired you to write your first book?

I love police drama. When I was a kid, it was Hill
Street Blues
. Then NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Southland. I’ve read

the entire Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. I just had to write a
detective story!

Are there messages in your novel(s) that you want readers to grasp?

Not messages, really. I think the reader will take away what they need to, based on
their own lives, experiences, emotions. I always try and write from the heart.
Try to touch on things everyone thinks about deep inside.

What books have most influenced your life?

Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad. Pure brilliance. I actually listen to an audio recording of
it—the reader is sublime, the prose eloquent. Also Night by Elie Wiesel. Within the genre, anything by John D.
MacDonald and James Lee Burke.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

John D. MacDonald. He was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Not
just Mystery writer, but writer period.

Who is your favorite author, and why?

My favorite author does not write in my genre: Jonathan Lethem. Gun, with Occasional Music is one of the
most fascinating contemporary works of fiction I’ve ever read. Motherless Brooklyn, As She Climbed Across
the Table.
Incredible work. Lethem bends the line between the real and

imagined like no one I have ever read. He is so gifted.

What are your current projects?

I am currently working on my opus, a book set in my home state of Wyoming called Dark Prairies. I hope to have that out
by Christmas. Then I will be finishing the second book in the Clan of MacAulay series.

Do you have advice for other writers?

Here is something I tweeted the other day; I think it summarizes the best advice I
could give to other writers:

“Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that
the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you
eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove
somehow remain.” ~Elie Wiesel

Take away from your writing. See how much better it can be.

Other than the present, which time era you would choose to live in, and why.

The Wild West. Hands down. I know it would be a hard life, but I would love to give
it a shot!

Best day of your life.

The day I married my wife.

Worst day of your life.

The day our son died.

Favorite pet

I shouldn’t play favorites with our dogs. But since none of them can read yet, my
wife teases me that my girl, Elsa, is my favorite. She really is some kind of
sweetheart. One of the best dogs I’ve ever known. I love them all dearly,
though. They are our kids now.

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Thanks, R.S. Guthrie, for visiting The Mountain Muse!


Guest Author – Jeanne Bannon

Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular.
Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that…



For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life
is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola’s dream of becoming a writer makes
her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the
support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose.


Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola’s a big
girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp
counselor, Lola’s only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally
vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new “ability”.


Slowly, with Charlie’s help, Lola learns to
control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be
abused, too…


Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must
summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for
herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power.


A coming-of-age story that will warm the


Bio and links

I’ve worked in the publishing industry for over twenty
years. I started my career as a freelance journalist, then worked as an
in-house editor for LexisNexis Canada and currently work as a freelance editor
and writer.

I’ve had several short stories published and won first
place in the Writes of Caledon Short Story Contest. My novels, The Barely
and Dark Angel were finalists in the 2010 and 2011 Strongest
Start Contests. One of my short stories “Thom’s Journey” is part of an
Anthology entitled A Visitor to Sandahl and is available at

Invisible, my debut novel,
is about a teenage girl who isn’t happy with herself and wishes she could
disappear. And one day she does. Invisible is available on Amazon,
Smashwords, and the Solstice Publishing website.

When not reading or writing, I enjoy being with my
daughters, Nina and Sara and my husband, David. I’m also the proud mother of
two fur babies, a sweet Miniature Schnauzer named Emily and Spencer, a rambunctious
tabby, who can be a very bad boy.





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Travel Buzz…Greece!


GREECE 2011!!!  I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with some girlfriends to beautiful Greece this summer.  If you have ever thought about Greece as a vacation destination, I highly recommend it!  Our 10-day adventure (booked through EF Tours) began with arrival in Athens after 3 legs of flying from the middle of the US, with layovers in Minneapolis and Paris.  The morning following arrival, we boarded the Louis Majesty cruise ship with Louis Cruises for the week.  This was the first time I had been on a cruise ship, and it was just lovely!

We set sail for the island of Mykonos, enjoying the cuisine on the ship and an afternoon laying out in the sun on the top deck.  The views of the various mountainous Greek islands and weather were just spectacular!  Arriving in Mykonos, we were treated to a gorgeous sunset after exploring the island’s many shops, waterfront restaurants, and large windmills that were formerly used to mill flour.   We were told that Mykonos is an island where many celebrities and wealthy vacation.  We enjoyed tasty gelato on our walk back to our cruise ship.

The following morning, we arrived at the port of Kusadasi, Turkey and were bussed to a visit of ancient ruins Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary.  The ruins were quite interesting and ended with the Arcadian Way.  Part of the tour was a “Turkish Rug Demonstration” which in reality was a little sales pitch to buy and have sent to your home an authentic Turkish rug! Only $1000!  As promised by our tour guide, the shop keepers were extremely pushy in Turkey.  We walked through a bazaar on the way out of Ephesus and again on our way back to the cruise ship.  Granted, things were cheaper in Turkey (which of course we didn’t realize until later!) but the salesmen (yes, all men) were very chatty.  Back on the ship, we enjoyed lunch and more time soaking up the sun en route to the island of Patmos.  There wasn’t a lot going on in Patmos, it was a pretty chill little island and our group did not opt for the excursion to St. John’s Monastery and Grotto.  We could have done some swimming, but we mainly explored the village with it’s beautiful white-washed buildings, friendly shopkeepers, did some shopping and just enjoyed the beautiful, mild weather.

The next day our ship docked at the island of Rhodes for the day.  The Old City and Philerimos was a medieval city, so it has medieval walls surrounding it.  Inside those walls are old structures filled in with modern shops aplenty!  We spent the morning exploring the city and shops, and the afternoon at Ellie Beach enjoying the beautiful Aegean Sea!!!

Our final stops included the island of Crete (not a lot to see there) and Santorini – absolutely breathtaking.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit any one island in the Mediterranean, choose this one.  Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and created the current geological caldera.  If you have seen the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the scenes where Lena goes to Greece were filmed here in Fira!  Simply beautiful with many, many shops and restaurants to visit in the incredible buildings built into the mountainside.

To sum it up, if you like to travel, put Greece on your list of places to visit!!!

~ Your Mountain Muse guest travel writer ~ Stephanie

October Events


“the calm before the storm”

The Stanley Hotel

October 8/9        Pumpkin Festival – 10 acres of pumpkin patch

                            Denver Botanical Gardens,  8500 Deer Creek Canyon, Littleton, CO

October 11         Keith Urban in concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver, 7:30 p.m.

October 12        ‘Octoberfest Beer Dinner’ at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Grand County

                           5-9 p.m.    Heck’s Tavern

October              Stanley Hotel Ghost Tours  (reservations required)   970-577-4110

                            10 a.m. & 4 p.m.       333 West Wonderview Ave.   Estes Park, CO

                                                   “GET YOUR GHOST ON”

October 14/15    27th Annual Ski and Board Swap, West Portal Staion @ Winter Park Resort


October 17    Primus 

When: Monday, October 17, 2011  8:30pm
Where: Ogden Theatre
935 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203