Graham Elliot, author of A Pact for Life, on why he drinks and writes in Denver

Not long ago, Graham Elliot moved to Colorado to chase a girl. Unfortunately, his quest for love didn't conclude with a picturesque Hollywood ending. So Elliot did what most spurned lovers do: He wrote a novel, of course. In 2012 Elliot released A Pact for Life, a story about a hot-and-cold Denver couple who make a potentially eternal (or rather, "paternal") decision after a casual night of drinking. Now in the process of writing a second novel, Elliot sat down with Westword to talk about what drove him write in the first place, why Kurt Vonnegut has had such a profound influence on his life, and everything in between.

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