Colleen in a Nutshell:

I have maintained this online collection of poems since 2016.  I am in the process of revamping the site to include additional content and linking to my future author blog for novels I am writing. Poetry is a very subjective field and lost art. A Fire Above Timberline allows me the opportunity to showcase my work in hopes that I can influence others and possibly teach why poetry is still an important art form.

Click on the “Links” tab to head over to my author blog: Aylis Umbra, which is the name of my alternate persona who just so happens to be a Sith Lord. (FYI: I am a huge Star Wars fan). There you will find updates on my other current projects and other fun content revolving around fiction.

My Interests

A native of Colorado, I cannot pass up any opportunity to get away from the city and go to the mountains. I like to hike and camp and I can typically find inspiration for my work from those experiences. Besides writing, reading is my next greatest joy. I read everything from classics to fantasy. My most influential books include: the entire Song of Ice and Fire series by GRRM (favorite is Storm of Swords), Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Emma by Jane Austen and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

My Background

I have a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and my past careers were as a scientist and  in law enforcement. I worked in a police crime lab as a Forensic Criminalist where my specialty was DNA analysis and crime scene investigations. I also worked as a Police Officer, where my patrol was the downtown of a busy metropolitan area. I decided to “retire” from my career to focus on my first love, which is writing and focus on raising two wonderful children. My past career paths have greatly influenced my writing in that I have seen the best and the worst that humanity has to offer. Finally building my writing career may have started later than some, but I believe my experiences have shaped who I am and I am able to convey these sources in a mature and grounded fashion.

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Colleen R.

Current projects:

Veins of Skarn  (Sword of Calignon) – book 1 (querying) – low fantasy/speculative ficiton

Veins of Skarn (Ring of Avitus) – book 2 (editing/revising)

Veins of Skarn – book 3 (forthcoming)

“Untitled Book” – Work in Progress, set in the 1930s.

 Poetry – all the time (check back for frequent updates and new content)

A Fire Above Timberline is a personal journal of poetry and creative writing. All work seen is original unless I have otherwise credited the author or source material.

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