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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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Identifying with her protagonist, Donna Cooner explored a teen’s struggle with body image

The author also found that her own addiction to social media became a major impediment to getting her work done on "Fake"

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Colorado co-authors wrote parallel storylines in “Light in the Shadows” — reflecting their individual interests

Linda Lafferty's love of art history and Andy Stone's experience with present-day fiction had one final hurdle: How to knit the two plots together?

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A Colorado author asked: What if “Mission Impossible” took place during the Renaissance?

Carol Berg, writing as Cate Glass, is a multiple CBA winner for fantasy. But she does extensive research to ground her characters in the trappings of their historical period.

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Coloradan Connie Shoemaker had stories to tell after years of international travel and work with immigrants

In "Taste the Sweetness Later," the author employs "immersive journalism" to chronicle the lives of two Muslim women through 300 hours of interviews

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How a Charlie Sheen news story ushered a Colorado author into the world of cryptids and adventure

At first, Lija Fisher took great liberties with the creatures, but soon learned there's a whole field -- cryptozoology -- that takes them seriously, and can be a "gateway science" for kids

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A New Mexico sabbatical provided opportunity for research on Native gangs, and a start to a Colorado author’s novel

Erika T. Wurth knew her book was dark, and publishers initially shied away. But now she welcomes a "Native Renaissance."

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A Colorado author’s “dream trip” to the Amazon rain forest inspired “Tree of Dreams”

For Laura Resau, seeing the landscape and learning about the culture of indigenous people led to plans for artistic collaboration -- including one that soon will come to fruition