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Writing “Bitterroot” allowed author to add humanity to data from her previous work on transracial adoption

Susan Devan Harness not only found writing her own account cathartic, but she says it also "laid a lot of my ghosts to rest"

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An inheritance of diaries and documents led to a 10-year journey that produced “WWI Crusaders”

Author Jeffrey B. Miller's grandparents played important roles in an underappreciated chapter of World War I history, as U.S. aid workers helped avert mass starvation in Belgium

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Amid tipsy Santas and smartphones, author saw need for urgent message on dealing with disaster

In the way we've dealt with previous disasters, L.S. Gardiner sees a way forward in dealing with climate change

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Fascination with legends, curses and ghost stories — and the truth behind them — inspired “The Past Is Never”

In an expansive interview, Tiffany Quay Tyson explores the power of place, a trip to the Everglades and wrestling with what to put in and leave out

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How the 2003 Iraq war led a Colorado author to write a novel about the War of 1812

What started as a short story for Colorado writer Nick Arvin grew, years later, into a full-blown adventure of a boy set loose in the world

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After growing up in proximity to military contamination, author felt moved to examine how lands were converted to wildlife refuge

David Havlick's field work sent him all over the world -- including pedaling through central Europe and researching militarized sites in Japan

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Even in a cruel business, a Colorado author found dog breeders sometimes cry as they give up their stock

For "The Doggie in the Window," Rory Kress set out to find where her dog, Izzy, came from. She learned a lot about the law, puppy mills and the people dedicated to rescue.

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Inspired by the real-life Soviet female fliers of WWII, a Colorado author rose to great heights in researching her novel

Once she knew she had to build a narrative around the decorated military pilots, Aimie K. Runyan flew mock bombing runs in an open-cockpit plane

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Colorado author Karen Auvinen was often asked why she chose to live alone in the mountains. She wrote the answer.

The experience of writing about her time in the mountains helped her see how she was "rooted in landscape" and "to see that I have a place after all"