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As author David Hicks wrote “White Plains,” the narrative got uncomfortably personal

David Hicks is a professor at Regis University in Denver, where he also co-directs the Mile-High MFA program. Excerpts from his book “White Plains” have been published as short stories in “Glimmer Train,” “Colorado Review,” “Specs,” “Saranac Review,” and “South Dakota Review,” along with other journals. White Plains was a finalist for the 2018 Colorado […]

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How the editor of “Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays” constructed a “body of work” in her collection

Stephanie G’Schwind is the director of the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, where she edits “Colorado Review” and directs a publishing internship for graduate students. In addition to curating the Colorado Prize for Poetry books and, with Donald Revell, the Mountain West Poetry Series, she is also the editor of two anthologies: […]

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SunLit Interview: An expert advised Peg Brantley that her book “Trafficked” shouldn’t take place “over there”

Peg Brantley, author of the book “Trafficked,” is a graduate of the Aurora Citizens’ Police Academy; participated in the Writers’ Police Academy; has interviewed crime scene investigators, FBI agents, and human trafficking experts; obtained her concealed carry permit; studied diverse topics from arson dogs to Santeria; and hunted down the real life locations that show […]

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Interview: How a grasshopper moved David MacNeal from novels to “Bugged”

David MacNeal is a Denver-based journalist exploring the fringes of science, technology, and culture. His articles have appeared in Wired, Ars Technica, VICE, and other publications. Aside from geeking out over comic books, he bakes exquisite pies (especially blueberry) and drinks an array of whiskeys. What inspired you to write this book? Since I was […]

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A writer explored Colorado’s rich UFO history and heard tales of lights in the sky, but his focus was on the people who saw them

Richard Estep considers himself open-minded and and non-judgmental — useful traits for someone who grew up on family ghost stories and has spent nearly 25 years studying and writing about paranormal phenomena. But he’s no pushover. As a paramedic, he wryly notes, he is lied to for a living. “Everybody I meet after midnight has […]

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Interview: “The Last Stand of the Pack” co-editor Andrew Gulliford views writing on wolves an “ecological necessity”

Andrew Gulliford, co-editor of the book “The Last Stand of the Pack: Critical Edition,” is a professor of history and environmental studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango. He has twice won the Colorado Book Award and the Arizona–New Mexico Book Award. He is also the author of “America’s Country Schools,” “Sacred Objects and Sacred Places,” and […]

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Interview: Author Chris Goff used heavy research, current affairs to drive “Red Sky”

Chris Goff is the award-winning author of a popular mystery series, and this is the second title in her Raisa Jordan international thriller series. “Dark Waters,” the first in the series, was released in 2015 and was a finalist for a 2016 Anthony Award for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook, the Colorado Book Award Thriller category […]

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Interview: Author Margaret Mizushima confronts mental health through characters

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the critically acclaimed Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Her books have garnered a Reader’s Favorite gold medal, a TopShelf Indie Book Award nomination, and have been listed as finalists in the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Book Awards, the International Book Awards, and the Silver Falchion Awards. Margaret serves […]

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Interview: Author Michael F. Haspil melded history, mythology, fantasy into “Graveyard Shift”

2018 Colorado Book Awards finalist for Science Fiction/Fantasy What inspired you to write this book? This is going to sound clichéd, but I actually had the idea from a dream. When I awoke, I remembered the world almost exactly as it appears in the novel, but only one line: “I used to kill vampires for […]

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Interview: Author L.D. Colter drew inspiration to push herself from contemporary fantasy writers

Liz Colter has followed her heart through a wide variety of careers, including farming with a team of draft horses, and working as a field paramedic, Outward Bound instructor, athletic trainer, and roller-skating waitress, among other curious choices. She also knows more about concrete than you might suspect. Her novels written under the name L. […]