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SunLit Interview: Poet Carol Guerrero-Murphy’s urgency moved her to self-publish

The "existential shock" of the pandemic helped her focus on living with death -- and a sense of loss -- as a constant companion in "Bright Path, Dark River" 

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SunLit Interview: Over 20 years, Gregory SETH Harris grew his Kafkaesque short story into a novel

"The Perfect Stranger" evolved, as he did in real time, and became many-layered -- part parable, part satire and totally devoted to having fun with the language

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SunLit Interview: How two friends turned a fundraiser into their first mystery novel

Judilee Butler and Jean "GaGa" Gabardi had never tried fiction until they collaborated on short stories for charity. That experience led the to "The Last Hurrah."

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SunLit Interview: A character from his mother’s childhood piqued Peter Meech’s interest in Billy the Kid

A retired Pueblo dentist claimed to have been an outlaw. Meech ran with the storyline to write his first novel, "Billy (the Kid)."

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SunLit Interview: In “Slow Arrow,” Kathryn Winograd wove threads of her mother’s voice

The author wrote the essay "Skyglow," one of the last in her collection, after her mother moved to Colorado and they developed a "companionable routine"

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SunLit Interview: A mystery on the family ranch led author David M. Jessup to a trilogy

Oral history provided the basis for "Mariano's Woman." Then the author began crafting the fictional account that explores human motivation.

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SunLit Interview: Author Bill Sonn found a “starter drug” in library archives

The writer of the nonfiction "Something Like Treason" came across a trove of documents on an Army unit for misfits that led to his obsession with their story

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SunLit Interview: How a $1 volume of Hemingway’s letters launched Darla Worden’s quest

Like Hemingway, the author traveled the world to pursue her writing. But she found inspiration in the time he spent in her home state of Wyoming.

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SunLit Interview: In “Site Fidelity,” Claire Boyles examines the power of place

The author explains how the book's title ties the short stories together, and why it's a "metaphor for life during the climate catastrophe"

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SunLit Interview: A pioneering woman in TV news, author Sue Hinkin drew on the experience

In "The Burn Patient," she leaned on her early career to create a series based on a female crime-solving duo

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SunLit Interview: How and why co-authors came together to address caregiving

Loretta Gilbert and Nancy Walker combined their individual backgrounds with one common denominator -- Nancy's mother -- to write "Caregiving Done Differently"

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SunLit Interview: An isolated Alaska town and a memory condition sparked a novel

Author Melissa Payne grew fascinated by the close-knit community and made it the setting for her protagonist dealing with anterograde amnesia

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SunLit Interview: Curious about a peak’s name change, Jeri Norgren set out on a 3-year quest

The author soon became fascinated by the histories behind the 58 Colorado fourteeners -- including still more name changes that continue to this day

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SunLit Interview: Johanna Garton stepped up to complete a project begun by her mother

With "Edge of the Map," she also honored the story of a legendary climber from her hometown, part of a Colorado-based mountaineering pair that went missing in western China

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SunLit Interview: For M.E. Browning, 22 years as a cop paved the way to this “police procedural”

Following the write-what-you-know formula, the author of "Shadow Ridge" adapted her approach to crime solving to fiction writing

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SunLit Interview: Todd Fahnestock explains how his simple intentions turned totally complex

The award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author explains the college-days origin of his personal philosophy and how it evolved into a novel about "found family." And a lot more.

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SunLit Interview: Rebecca Taylor dug deep within to find disparate characters

The author examined her own challenges as both a mother of two teens and as a writer to inform the development of the sibling characters in the novel "Her Perfect Life"

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SunLit Interview: Nancy McKinley sought a way to shine light on dark times — with humor

With "St. Christopher on Pluto," she created characters that delve into seldom-heard voices from the fringes of Appalachia in a series of non-linear stories that comprise her novel

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SunLit Interview: Andrew Altschul’s spark for “The Gringa” grew from his years in Peru

The author followed the story of Lori Berenson, an American convicted of terrorism, and pursued a fictional account based on her character after her parole

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SunLit interview: David A. Varel sought to close “gaping chasm” between history and public

In producing his biography of Lawrence Reddick, the author encountered the professional and financial hurdles that many historians face to bring their work into the public eye

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