Literature

Hollywood screenwriter Daniel Pyne mines the Colorado Rockies in a new novel

For Colorado native and Hollywood screenwriter Daniel Pyne, writing a little Wild West thriller set in mining country in the Rockies is like a vocational vacation. The book in question, A Hole in the Ground Owned by a Liar, was inspired by a thread of truth -- Pyne's brother once bought a gold mine off eBay on a lark -- and the spirit of the West, with all its quirky characters. Along with a sibling relationship that's central to the theme, the novel also contains a cantankerous small-town mayor, a pair of misplaced Pakistanis and some dangerous troublemakers.
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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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