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Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book

In runes, author Marc Graham found a method for solving problems like writer’s block

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Author Jodi Bowersox launched her sci-fit series as an extension of a previous character’s writing

But how would she handle a romance between a human and an android? That premise led to many other questions she'd have to resolve in her Mars-based plot

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Poet Art Elser looked back at life-changing events to fill his collection “It Seemed Innocent Enough”

He finds inspiration all around him, and in life experiences like serving in Vietnam. But his poetic role model was a woman who never stopped writing -- and published a book of her verse at 100.

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Daniel Guiet pieced together his father’s clandestine life slowly, from a discovery at age 5

The unusual details of the family's life moving to outposts across the globe finally came together when some wartime exploits were declassified, and a detailed account could be assembled

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Cindy Burkart Maynard’s visits to the archeological sites of ancient Puebloans sparked a novel idea

The author of "Soyala: Daughter of the Desert" produced a work of historical fiction that adds to the speculation about abandonment of a Four Corners civilization

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Jennifer Kincheloe built her stories around a relatively little-known venue for women’s rights

In the early 1900s, women in police custody were at the mercy of an entirely male system. Police matrons addressed that problem, and provided rich characters for her novels.

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Author Todd Fahnestock wrote “The Undying Man” for one really compelling reason: his fans

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Catherine R. Berra has been writing poems since she was a girl. Last year, she finally published some.

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Christmas Eve with grumpy grandchildren inspired Natli VanDerWerken to write her book

With family tempers rising, the author sat in her living room and restored calm with a magical tale that became "WindRunner," one in a series of novels

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In “That’s How It Is,” poet Jared Smith celebrates the struggle and dignity of the American worker

From traveling to all 50 states to a wide-ranging work history -- including as an advisor to President Clinton -- the author's life experience laid a broad foundation for his writing

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Laurie Marr Wasmund watched a single volume of her historical novel blossom into a trilogy

The author of "To Walk Humbly" mixed Colorado's real-life heroes and villains of the 1920s with fictional characters in this final installment of the White Winter Trilogy

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Author Lori Hodges built her first novel around family genealogy — plus her dog’s bouts with a porcupine

Research on her roots and idle hours between emergency ambulance calls gave her the inspiration and the opportunity to create "Sweet Twisted Pine"

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Author Stephanie Kane created a new kind of detective from a world she knew little about

For "A Perfect Eye," Kane explored the art world, learned its lingo, and created a character whose sharp eye for detail sometimes blinds her to the big picture

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For Colorado author Jody Pritzl, curiosity and years of persistence collided with Christmas nostalgia

"Immigrants, Ornaments and Legacies" became a 10-year labor of love that explores the origins of the Christmas ornaments that helped define her Wisconsin childhood

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C. Joseph Greaves’ Colorado friends asked, “When are you going to write about here?” This book is the answer.

After a 25-year career as a lawyer in Los Angeles, he and his wife moved to the southwestern part of the state, where he infused local issues into "Church of the Graveyard Saints"

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Barbara Nickless juggled plot and backstory to create a tale inspired by an Army intelligence officer

She also found one of her writing habits disappeared after she was displaced by the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire

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Ian Neligh rode his childhood fascination with heroes and artifacts of the Old West to a year-long project

The award-winning journalist sought to hold up the figures from his youth against modern versions of bounty-hunters, brand inspectors and bare-knuckled brawlers

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Colorado author Melissa Payne drew on her work experience to create a lost teen named Star

In "The Secrets of Lost Stones," elements of her work with abused and neglected kids coalesce around the story of one girl's search for family

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For author Paula L. Silici, the trials of a family move made her wonder: What would Jessie Driscoll do?

Silici's thought exercise helped her channel the Old West heroine's feeling of helplessness while on the run from the law in "Wanted"

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Longtime Colorado author dug deep, and found treasures in iconic Cheley camps’ past

Mary Taylor Young sorted through lots of camp archives, and the memories of third- and fourth-generation Cheleys, to put together a history that touched thousands of campers

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