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Jennifer Kincheloe built her stories around a relatively little-known venue for women’s rights

In the early 1900s, women in police custody were at the mercy of an entirely male system. Police matrons addressed that problem, and provided rich characters for her novels.

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Catherine R. Berra has been writing poems since she was a girl. Last year, she finally published some.

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In “That’s How It Is,” poet Jared Smith celebrates the struggle and dignity of the American worker

From traveling to all 50 states to a wide-ranging work history -- including as an advisor to President Clinton -- the author's life experience laid a broad foundation for his writing

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Barbara Nickless juggled plot and backstory to create a tale inspired by an Army intelligence officer

She also found one of her writing habits disappeared after she was displaced by the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire

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Identifying with her protagonist, Donna Cooner explored a teen’s struggle with body image

The author also found that her own addiction to social media became a major impediment to getting her work done on "Fake"

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Colorado co-authors wrote parallel storylines in “Light in the Shadows” — reflecting their individual interests

Linda Lafferty's love of art history and Andy Stone's experience with present-day fiction had one final hurdle: How to knit the two plots together?

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The violent death of a childhood friend steered a Colorado author’s writing toward crime — and justice

The horrific incident in award-winning author Donnell Ann Bell's life had a lasting impact on Bell, prompting an interest in law enforcement, investigations and the exhaustive research that guides her fiction

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Author John Nizalowski follows the footsteps of one of his favorite authors in tales of the Southwest

In "Chronicles of the Forbidden," he displays the influence of regional icon Frank Waters in his essays on the deserts and mesas that "form a landscape that dwells on the edge of the transcendent"

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Colorado author Jennifer Wortman compiled her short story collection around themes of love

Depression also became an unconscious theme, though the author found that it had particular resonance among readers

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How fly-fishing lessons and movie soundtracks figured into a Colorado author’s “Stolen Heart”

The romance author relied on a life spent in the North Fork Valley to inform her setting, but to make the characters real she had some learning to do -- including about dairy farms

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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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