Harper McDavid put her characters in familiar south Texas and Mexico settings, with the protagonist reflecting another familiar feature -- women in STEM pursuits
A family connection to a legendary Colorado cowgirl sent an author on an exhaustive research roundupBy Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book SunLit Interviews Primary category in which blog post is published
The violent death of a childhood friend steered a Colorado author’s writing toward crime — and justiceBy Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book SunLit Interviews Primary category in which blog post is published
Author John Nizalowski follows the footsteps of one of his favorite authors in tales of the SouthwestBy Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book SunLit Interviews Primary category in which blog post is published
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."
Depression also became an unconscious theme, though the author found that it had particular resonance among readers
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.
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
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
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
In "The Dead Girl in 2A," the author also wanted to have the Colorado mountains figure prominently in the final act of his thriller
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
How a traditional folk tune and five rewrites of a manuscript turned into a Colorado author’s “The Blood of Seven”
But it wasn't until author Claire L. Fishback discovered some ancient manuscripts that the story found its footing