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Sarah Adleman’s literary journey included a white board, a Death Row letter and a long train ride

She never set out to write her memoir, but says, "The gift of this book is that it quietly waited to be noticed and then stepped forth and allowed me to create a space for it to be heard."

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How losing friends to death led two former corporate types to shape a young adult novel

Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl lamented all the lost human potential that died with their friends, which led them to write a story about preserving those qualities. They also watched a lot of "The Big Bang Theory."

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Two buddies, a few beers and the unfettered exchange of crazy ideas gave birth to the adventures of Denver Moon

Warren Hammond explains the creative process that produced the protagonist Denver Moon (and a lot more) who drives the trilogy of sci-fi novels he wrote with Joshua Viola

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Tracing the arc of her life, Emily Wortman-Wunder explores the intersection of nature, humanity

In "Not a Thing to Comfort You," the author draws on her greatest personal challenge: Raising her children to love nature while honoring their suburban lifestyle

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In her debut novel, the hydrogeologist author stuck to the adage: Write what you know

Harper McDavid put her characters in familiar south Texas and Mexico settings, with the protagonist reflecting another familiar feature -- women in STEM pursuits

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A family connection to a legendary Colorado cowgirl sent an author on an exhaustive research roundup

Diana Allen Kouris grew up hearing stories about Ann Bassett on the family's ranch in northwest Colorado, and rode the same trails as the woman she chronicled

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In typical Cussler fashion, “Celtic Empire” begins with a historical premise — and then takes off

Dirk Cussler explains how this Dirk Pitt adventure, co-authored with his father, who died in February, uses an ancient tale from Egypt as a springboard for the globetrotting protagonist

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The violent death of a childhood friend steered a Colorado author’s writing toward crime — and justice

The horrific incident in award-winning author Donnell Ann Bell's life had a lasting impact on Bell, prompting an interest in law enforcement, investigations and the exhaustive research that guides her fiction

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Sandhya Menon was searching for a place to put a plus-size, body-positive character

In "There's Something About Sweetie," she found an irresistible storyline that already has sparked helpful conversations about body image among young adults