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SunLit Interview: “Alpha” author David Philipps faced barriers of silence and suspicion

The Colorado-born New York Times reporter persisted to produce a book -- and start an important conversation -- on the inner workings of a controversial Navy SEALs unit

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SunLit Interview: “Luther, Wyoming” co-authors introduced often-ignored Western characters

Mario Acevedo and Tomas Alamilla slipped Indian scouts and Buffalo soldiers into their narrative. They also paid close attention to dialogue.

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SunLit Interview: Thriller author Carter Wilson has stuck to standalone novels

But in "The New Neighbor," he combined a riveting opening scene with a creepy house from an earlier book to write a psychological crossover

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SunLit Interview: After decades, Stephen Trimble came to grips with a personal, but universal story

Through "The Mike File," the author came to understand his relationship with the brother he lost -- and something about himself

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SunLit Interview: When prose failed her after her son’s death, a Colorado mother turned to poetry

Even identifying her son's body became a subject for her to address in "Breath, Suspended." Because, she says, how could it not?

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SunLit Interview: Megan Kate Nelson saw a natural jewel, and a metaphor, in “Saving Yellowstone”

The author recognized America's embrace of the breathtaking landscape during Reconstruction also underscored a danger in what lies beneath

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SunLit Interview: “Denver Noir” editor Cynthia Swanson weighs in on the project and the importance of place

Swanson, who also contributed a short story to the collection, talks about recruiting authors and how Cheesman Park's history informed her own piece

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SunLit Interview: Robert V. Dodge became his own case study for an often misunderstood condition

Although "Grand Mal" is a memoir, the author researched his own medical records -- and sometimes found surprising information

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SunLit Interview: Barbara Nickless focused this Sydney Parnell mystery on vulnerable workers

The author felt like news stories she read after finishing "Gone to Darkness" had been ripped from the pages of her novel

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SunLit Interview: Erika Krouse couldn’t ignore her own sex assault in a broader investigative story

While "Tell Me Everything" is an account of her role constructing a well-known legal case, delving into her past gave her "skin in the game"

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SunLit Interview: Irv Sternberg found inspiration for his mystery characters in his neighbors

In his east Denver retirement community, the author discovered the seniors around him appreciated a mystery like "The Mervin Gardens Murders"

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SunLit Interview: Mystery master Margaret Mizushima incorporates theme of family

In "Hanging Falls," she addresses newly found relatives -- and polygamy -- in a K-9 assisted murder investigation

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SunLit Interview: Jo Fontana’s theme behind “Gods of the Bay” shifted to include the impact of climate change

She found writing about a location's past easy. But capturing its present-day challenges required research -- and a visit

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SunLit Interview: A Wyoming upbringing pointed Bronwyn Long Borne to the pioneer spirit

The author of "Custodian of the Spirits" combined her fascination with the West with innate romanticism to build a series of novels

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SunLit Interview: Robert G. Williscroft drew on Navy experience for “Operation Ice Breaker”

Dubbed "a living Jack Ryan" by one fellow officer, Williscroft explored the Artic depths in his own career before creating protagonist Mac McDowell

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SunLit Interview: After a pandemic interruption, Jodi Bowersox found a setting for her protagonist

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SunLit Interview: Co-author Laurel McHargue found life lessons, and a collaborator, through puzzles

COVID-19 inspired her to try new projects -- including raising ducklings -- but puzzling led her to write the "self-help-lite" book "Peace by Piece"

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SunLit Interview: How Wendy Terrien created a world of cryptids — and characters that feel like family

The author wrote "The Forge of Bonds," the fourth book in her series, faster than the others. But it turned out to be the longest -- and took a physical toll.

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SunLit Interview: Sheri Cobb South went deep on research for her historical mystery series

This John Pickett novel, "Brother Can You Spare a Crime?" also led the author to ask the Bank of England for the best way to rob it. They answered.

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SunLit Interview: Kate Lansing fulfilled her winery dream by writing it

In "Killer Chardonnay," her debut mystery novel, the author had fun with the idea of owning her own business -- with none of the expense

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