Her book launched a literary experiment focused on “the nature of change and mental health”
With "Soft Hearted Stories," Jenny Forrester employed prose, poetry and even song into this highly introspective yet also wide-ranging nonfiction look at both herself and the world around her
How losing friends to death led two former corporate types to shape a young adult novel
Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl lamented all the lost human potential that died with their friends, which led them to write a story about preserving those qualities. They also watched a lot of "The Big Bang Theory."
Two buddies, a few beers and the unfettered exchange of crazy ideas gave birth to the adventures of Denver Moon
Warren Hammond explains the creative process that produced the protagonist Denver Moon (and a lot more) who drives the trilogy of sci-fi novels he wrote with Joshua Viola
Tracing the arc of her life, Emily Wortman-Wunder explores the intersection of nature, humanity
In "Not a Thing to Comfort You," the author draws on her greatest personal challenge: Raising her children to love nature while honoring their suburban lifestyle
In her debut novel, the hydrogeologist author stuck to the adage: Write what you know
Harper McDavid put her characters in familiar south Texas and Mexico settings, with the protagonist reflecting another familiar feature -- women in STEM pursuits
A family connection to a legendary Colorado cowgirl sent an author on an exhaustive research roundup
Diana Allen Kouris grew up hearing stories about Ann Bassett on the family's ranch in northwest Colorado, and rode the same trails as the woman she chronicled
In typical Cussler fashion, “Celtic Empire” begins with a historical premise — and then takes off
Dirk Cussler explains how this Dirk Pitt adventure, co-authored with his father, who died in February, uses an ancient tale from Egypt as a springboard for the globetrotting protagonist
How a poet who always wanted to write about corn detasseling became a novelist
Author Brandi Homan dug into her Iowa roots for BURN FORTUNE, but also did extensive research on film star Jean Seberg, who hails from the same town
How a rejected short story propelled Lauren Connolly to self-publish a novel — and embrace the romance genre
"The sentiment that not everyone will love your book, but someone will, was never clearer to me than after I put Fenella and Graham out into the world all on my own."
A Colorado author’s novel is full of mystery, but also a narrative that explores all types of love
Margaret Mizushima more fully develops protagonist Mattie Cobb and her trust issues. She also had to create a new villain when the first draft shed a too-sympathetic light.
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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"
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
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.
This Colorado poet found inspiration in everything around her — even cactus spines — to assemble “Naked for Tea”
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer explores vulnerability and "the invitation to say yes to the world as it is" in her latest collection