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SunLit Interview: Johanna Garton stepped up to complete a project begun by her mother

With "Edge of the Map," she also honored the story of a legendary climber from her hometown, part of a Colorado-based mountaineering pair that went missing in western China

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SunLit Interview: For M.E. Browning, 22 years as a cop paved the way to this “police procedural”

Following the write-what-you-know formula, the author of "Shadow Ridge" adapted her approach to crime solving to fiction writing

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SunLit Interview: Todd Fahnestock explains how his simple intentions turned totally complex

The award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author explains the college-days origin of his personal philosophy and how it evolved into a novel about "found family." And a lot more.

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SunLit Interview: Rebecca Taylor dug deep within to find disparate characters

The author examined her own challenges as both a mother of two teens and as a writer to inform the development of the sibling characters in the novel "Her Perfect Life"

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SunLit Interview: Nancy McKinley sought a way to shine light on dark times — with humor

With "St. Christopher on Pluto," she created characters that delve into seldom-heard voices from the fringes of Appalachia in a series of non-linear stories that comprise her novel

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SunLit interview: David A. Varel sought to close “gaping chasm” between history and public

In producing his biography of Lawrence Reddick, the author encountered the professional and financial hurdles that many historians face to bring their work into the public eye

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SunLit interview: How a prize in a charity auction nudged Shelley Shepard Gray toward a dance trilogy

The author's own experience in dance, plus a move to Colorado, informed the series of books about three reunited sisters living above a ballroom dance studio

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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

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SunLit interview: Author wrote “the kind of book I always wanted to read but could never find”

David R. Slayton, a high school dropout and gay, found plotlines in his impoverished youth and melded them with fantasy -- plus his study of Denver history

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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"

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SunLit interview: How Dylan Fisher’s fever dream became a game to create the longest sentence

The author notes that his sentences seldom came to a full stop, "and, thus, the question of 'what comes next' never came up for me"

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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.

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SunLit interview: Raised on Colorado history, Randi Samuelson-Brown gravitated to its notorious elements

Family travels throughout the West piqued her interest. When she started tracking down the stories, one of her biggest challenges was unraveling accepted accounts.

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SunLit Interview: Bravery set Michael Chowdry apart, says his wife and biographer

Linda Chowdry describes a man unafraid to take chances in his life -- from leaving Pakistan, to starting a business, to creating success from failure

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The SunLit Interview: Debbi MacLeod’s unsung Colorado library helps bring books to the print-disabled

Part of a national network, the Colorado Talking Book Library serves about 7,000 book lovers statewide. MacLeod wants to serve more.

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The SunLit interview: Clara Villarosa’s Hue-Man Experience finds unexpected new life

The brand she launched in 1984 in Denver to advance books by and about people of color, and later revived in New York City, now will become a curatorial service within the Tattered Cover

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