Articles By Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book

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How a poet who always wanted to write about corn detasseling became a novelist

Author Brandi Homan dug into her Iowa roots for BURN FORTUNE, but also did extensive research on film star Jean Seberg, who hails from the same town

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How a rejected short story propelled Lauren Connolly to self-publish a novel — and embrace the romance genre

"The sentiment that not everyone will love your book, but someone will, was never clearer to me than after I put Fenella and Graham out into the world all on my own."

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Colorado author Jennifer Wortman compiled her short story collection around themes of love

Depression also became an unconscious theme, though the author found that it had particular resonance among readers

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A Colorado author’s novel is full of mystery, but also a narrative that explores all types of love

Margaret Mizushima more fully develops protagonist Mattie Cobb and her trust issues. She also had to create a new villain when the first draft shed a too-sympathetic light.

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How fly-fishing lessons and movie soundtracks figured into a Colorado author’s “Stolen Heart”

The romance author relied on a life spent in the North Fork Valley to inform her setting, but to make the characters real she had some learning to do -- including about dairy farms

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How a Colorado sci-fi and horror author found his way into the thriller genre with “The Extinction Agenda”

Michael Laurence combined his research from previous novels into an evil plot that would introduce a character whose exploits unfold in an evolving series

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A co-worker’s death, coincidence and imperfect societal safety nets converged to inspire a novel

Author Wendy J. Fox chose the mid-2000s for much of the setting for "If the Ice Had Held" in spite of -- and in some ways because of -- its dated technology

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Memory figures into most of Carter Wilson’s novels. This one tackles it head on.

In "The Dead Girl in 2A," the author also wanted to have the Colorado mountains figure prominently in the final act of his thriller

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A Colorado author set out to paint a picture of the Midwest. He used the ritual surrounding tornadoes as his brush.

Mark Pleiss also felt the influence of his background in Spanish literature, Tommy Lee Jones' voice and the RTD bus line between Denver and Boulder