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In “Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside,” the sheltered protagonist finds his existence disrupted
Author Stephanie Harper introduces the title character and the apartment that is his world. And then an unexpected visitor arrives.
SunLit interview: How Stephanie Harper’s story of agoraphobia unexpectedly found an audience
She finished her novel in 2013, but "Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside" didn't find its way to print until seven years later, when the isolation that followed the coronavirus made it a "pandemic read"
“The Loneliest Band in France” takes on a new member to help perform its killer song
Author Dylan Fisher's single-sentence excerpt tells the meandering story of an aspiring diplomat who winds up pulled into the band -- despite his lack of any musical talent
“Wild: Uncivilized Tales” collected stories from more than a dozen Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
In "Castles in the Sky," author Rick Duffy tells the story of a literal dream merchant peddling her original creations to an inexperienced client
SunLit interview: Two writers nurtured the annual RMFW anthology into a life of its own
Rachel Delaney Craft and Natasha Watts brainstormed a theme for the collection. Once they settled on "Wild," the authors took the prompt in unexpected directions.
In “Scholars of Mayhem,” a real-life WWII secret agent’s exploits remained hidden for years in a tin box
Co-author Daniel Guiet knew from an early age that an aura of mystery surrounded the man he called Dad, but it wasn't until years later that his stories could be told
In “Fake,” a high-school outsider describes her online metamorphosis
This excerpt from Donna Cooner's young adult novel explores the desire to create a glamorous fantasy identity when a teen girl struggles to accept herself as she is
Scenes from the past and present, linked by shadows and light, death and violence
In their novel "Light in the Shadows," co-authors and spouses Linda Lafferty and Andy Stone meld the life of 16th-century painter Caravaggio with a present-day adventure
A Colorado author asked: What if “Mission Impossible” took place during the Renaissance?
Carol Berg, writing as Cate Glass, is a multiple CBA winner for fantasy. But she does extensive research to ground her characters in the trappings of their historical period.
Sorcery and swordcraft collide in Cate Glass’ fantasy novel, “An Illusion of Thieves”
Writing under her pseudonym, author Carol Berg introduces the protagonist, her thieving brother and the duelist charged with teaching him the violent art
A rite of initiation provides a violent — but welcome — admission to an eternal bond
In this excerpt from "You Who Enter Here," author Erika T. Wurth introduces us to the prison gang culture so coveted by the protagonists of her novel
A New Mexico sabbatical provided opportunity for research on Native gangs, and a start to a Colorado author’s novel
Erika T. Wurth knew her book was dark, and publishers initially shied away. But now she welcomes a "Native Renaissance."
A talented 16-year-old painter is given a chance to “merge minds” with a dying master. Should he take it?
Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl's young-adult tale of a plan to accelerate human development makes the opportunity sound enticing. But what are the ultimate costs?
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."
In a Martian future, a private eye searches the dystopian bowels of the planet for a suspect
The science fiction writing duo of Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola adds another chapter to the series that features their female protagonist, Denver Moon, and her AI partner, Smith
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
An unusual setting for romance: A petroleum tank farm, an inspection of irregularities, a drug lord and his henchman
Author Harper McDavid introduces the unlikely characters in this award-winning romance novel set in the region where she once worked as a hydrogeologist along the Texas-Mexico border
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
Remember hitting rock bottom in high school — and then facing friends in the cafeteria?
In "There's Something About Sweetie," author Sandhya Menon explores teen angst and the fraught world of finding young love without losing yourself
Introducing a girl named June in a fragmented novel about rising above one’s circumstances
In BURN FORTUNE, author Brandi Homan offers glimpses of her protagonist through engaging, clipped sequences that also introduce those close to her