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How a Colorado sci-fi and horror author found his way into the thriller genre with “The Extinction Agenda”

Michael Laurence combined his research from previous novels into an evil plot that would introduce a character whose exploits unfold in an evolving series

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A co-worker’s death, coincidence and imperfect societal safety nets converged to inspire a novel

Author Wendy J. Fox chose the mid-2000s for much of the setting for "If the Ice Had Held" in spite of -- and in some ways because of -- its dated technology

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Memory figures into most of Carter Wilson’s novels. This one tackles it head on.

In "The Dead Girl in 2A," the author also wanted to have the Colorado mountains figure prominently in the final act of his thriller

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A Colorado author set out to paint a picture of the Midwest. He used the ritual surrounding tornadoes as his brush.

Mark Pleiss also felt the influence of his background in Spanish literature, Tommy Lee Jones' voice and the RTD bus line between Denver and Boulder

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A curiosity about Indigenous rights led a Colorado author to research migration. But a book wasn’t in her plans.

Evenings spent at a local migrant shelter in central Mexico led Kelsey Freeman to combine her many vignettes with immigration research into "No Option but North"

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Colorado author’s plans to write a travel memoir took a tragic turn, sent her on a different journey

What Michele Morris initially thought would be a personal story for herself and her family grew into a project she hopes will help others on similar journeys

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Denied Cherokee citizenship, Colorado author Courtney Miller still yearned to preserve tribal culture in his writing

The author's extensive research into Native American culture -- especially Cherokee -- has produced two series of novels, plus a genre he dubbed "geezer lit"

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Jodi Bowersox chose an interesting partner for collaboration: a character from one of her earlier books

She altered her own literary voice and dialed up the humor to match her fictitious co-author -- and even gave her top billing

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Here’s how “The Martian” — and a chat with a super-agent — propelled a Colorado author to craft his novel

After experimenting with attempts to write a compelling beginning, Todd Fahnestock waited years for the inspiration to expand it. Finally, it arrived.