About the Author

Charmaine Ortega Getz is the absinthe-swilling, belly dancing author of “Weird Colorado,” a book from the popular series “Weird U.S.,” edited by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, published by the Barnes & Noble subsidiary, Sterling Publishing.

She has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, a master’s in fine arts in prose, and a long background in editing and writing for newspapers and magazines, both print and online. Plus, an insatiable curiosity about the strange, colorful, offbeat, quirky, unusual and just plain bizarre — yes, “weird.” In a good way.

Besides other freelance gigs, she writes a regular column called Boulderganic, about stuff related to the environment, sustainability and other green/eco/organic munchy-granola topics, for Boulder Weekly:  http://www.boulderweekly.com/

Along with exotic liquor, Oriental dancing and weirdness, Charmaine enjoys tiki culture, researching the more obscure and unusual aspects of Colorado history, learning to play the Flea ukulele, and wedded bliss with Steve Winograd, the Boulder Computer Maven.

Dressed in wacked-out cowgirl get-up, Charmaine is available for interviews, book signings, talks, and other public appearances. For inquiries of that nature, please contact Leah Eagel at Sterling Publishing: LEagel@sterlingpub.com

4 Responses to About the Author

  1. Don King says:

    I am enjoying Weird Colorado, but got stopped cold by the comment on page 51 where you say …. “but no gold was ever found on Pikes Peak or even within a sixty- mile radius.” I am sure you are aware of Cripple Creek within the shadow of the peak, where more gold was found than in all of California and Alaska combined.

  2. Don King says:

    Just read the account from 1923 of the forty foot whale that was found on the top of Pikes Peak with spray coming out the blow hole. Likely you are aware, but if not, I figured you would want to be.

  3. Linda Walker says:

    I got your book from the Aurora Public Library last week and it has been a great treat for me to read. I especially like the way you weaved the importance of native people into the colorful history of Colorado. You have a quirky sense of humor and I cracked up laughing several times. There are lots of places I want to visit now even though I’ve been in Colorado since my college days in the 70s I’d not even heard of some of the places you wrote about. Thanks. I’ll return the book to the library so another person can enjoy it as much as I did.

    • admin says:


      Sorry for the long delay in response. Yours is exactly the kind I hoped for when I wrote the book! Thank you for your very kind comment.

      Charmaine Ortega Getz

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