SunLit Interviews

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Author felt haunted by the forgotten history of Old West prostitutes and madams

In the excerpt of "The Beaten Territory," Randi Samuelson-Brown admires her character Pearl's persistence in seeking love in a loveless profession

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Working in Colorado mining region gave author urge to seek origins of “gold fever”

Ian Neligh found the mindset that powered the original gold rush hasn't entirely disappeared from present-day prospectors

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In anthology “Blood Business,” editors sought to plumb the depths of desperation

Mario Acevedo explains how he and collaborator Joshua Viola found challenge in helping authors add that one crucial twist to their stories

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Author found inspiration to pursue her passions through family history that led to “Rush”

Jayme H. Mansfield immersed herself in family letters and photographs to prepare for writing a novel that reflects the life of her great-great-grandmother

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This real-life Garden of Eden — in Kansas — offered a perfectly diabolical setting for a murder mystery

The actual history on which author Charlotte Hinger bases "Fractured Families" may be even creepier than the double-murder plot

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Colorado River provided the perfect narrative for a key environmental exploration

"Where the Water Goes" author David Owen never quite found the log cabin in the Rockies he imagined, but his book brought him west to tackle the almost overwhelming issue of water

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Evolution of a matriarchal “horse-tribe” provided inspiration for author’s fantasy world

Even within a world she created, Laura Reeve confronted challenges to honest portrayal of love -- and mapping out mileage

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Sacred objects, human remains and culture clash sparked a Colorado author’s desire to tell a tragic story

Denver museum curator Chip Colwell examined the tension between tribal communities and museums that continues to this day

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SunLit 2018: Colorado authors took us on wide-ranging tours of the human condition

Their book excerpts introduced us to fascinating characters. Their interviews shed light on their craft. If you missed anything, here’s your chance to catch up.