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SunLit Excerpt: “The Burn Patient” sends a young teen on an audition that feels all wrong
This selection from Sue Hinkin's Colorado Book Award-winning thriller tracks the girl's path to a dance tryout -- in a studio at the epicenter of L.A.'s porn industry
SunLit Excerpt: In “Shadow Ridge,” a detective, a crime scene and a curious visitor collide
In this Jo Wyatt mystery, author M.E. Browning introduces the fraught relationship between two cops amid a death that may not be what it seems
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
SunLit interview: An inheritance of diaries and journals spurred a years-long pursuit of history
Jeffrey B. Miller's interest in a World War I-era humanitarian aid effort led to his current nonfiction account of the people behind a program that saved millions from starvation
In “Yanks Behind the Lines,” the author sheds light on a little-known WWI humanitarian effort
Jeffrey B. Miller's grandparents were part of the massive project that kept millions in Belgium from starving. Their story sent him on a mission to research and write about an undertaking that defined American aid.
In “Other People’s Pets,” an animal empath battles her bizarre upbringing
Author R.L. Maizes introduces protagonist La La, whose parents raised her as a burglar -- though she's well on the path to becoming a veterinarian. Will her life veer off the rails?
SunLit interview: As an animal lover traumatized by burglars, R.L. Maizes knew she had the makings of a novel
In "Other People's Pets," the author sought to explore whether an individual traumatized during childhood could rise above the experience to live a normal life
In an excerpt from “Once Again,” a mother suddenly finds herself reliving the loss of her daughter
Author Catherine Wallace Hope introduces a grieving woman, barely clinging to her sanity, who's jolted back in time by a phone call from the girl's school
SunLit interview: A nightmare and quantum physics set Catherine Wallace Hope on a novel course
The author wanted to get the plot of her science fiction/fantasy tale just right -- but in order to do that, she paid particular attention to the science
In this excerpt from “Creatures of Charm and Hunger,” astral projection yields heartbreaking results
After escaping the Nazis to England in the waning days of World War II, Miriam Cantor employs special powers to determine her parents' fate. Her nocturnal adventure reveals a startling truth.
SunLit interview: Molly Tanzer melded World War II with the supernatural to continue a tradition of “secret histories”
The author of "Creatures of Charm and Hunger" spun a tale of individual resistance to evil by a character largely confined to her home. Any parallels to the COVID crisis were purely accidental.
In “Death of a Car Salesman,” a daughter discovers her semi-famous father’s death could be a homicide
Author Collin Brantmeyer introduces a woman returning home to settle family business involving her car-hawking dad, whose goofy TV ads made him a celebrity and overshadowed his checkered past
SunLit interview: How a family estate battle turned Collin Brantmeyer into a novelist
The divisive elements of that experience, plus an episode of "This American Life," gave the author lots of material for a whodunnit -- and also offered an alternative to therapy
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