April 28, 2013

D’Ann Lindun and Her Centennial State.



The Centennial state, Colorado, has all kinds of things to recommend it—mountains, plains and the high desert. Skiing in Aspen, Copper Mountain and Telluride. Sports? The Denver Broncos, The Nuggets and The Avalanche. Shopping? You name it, we have it. History? There are historical mining towns Ouray, Silverton and Leadville. Natural hot springs abound—Pagosa Springs, Manitou Springs and Glenwood. The Air Force Academy is here, and so is the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. 
 
I don’t live in Denver or one of the ski resorts. I grew up in Ouray, one of those historical mining towns, and one of the most beautiful places on the planet. But I don’t live there any longer. My family has moved to a farm near a speck on the road, Olathe, population 1,838. No, that’s not a typo. 

My town is not a historical site, nor a ski resort, and to do any shopping, you have to drive 10 miles up the road to Montrose. Olathe’s high school sports teams are phenomenal, including two back-to-back state football championships and a whole bunch of wrestlers who have also won state! But what makes my town famous is…sweet corn! Really! Raised on farms all over the valley, fed by mountain water, our sweet corn is shipped all over the world. Thousands fill the town park for the Sweet Corn Festival every summer. My family eats it almost every meal in the summer months and freeze plenty for winter, too!
1999 Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

I have never set one of my books in my town, not even a fictional setting. But my characters have definitely eaten Olathe Sweet corn!

In Cooper’s Redemption, Elizabeth Adams is a Los Angles native who has always dreamed of living in the Rocky Mountains.

Shot Through the Heart brings Laramie Porter to the aid of her family 

 And Vaquero shares an immediate attraction between Cordero Ybarra and Aspen O’Hare.

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked. She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, nine ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories.

Visit her here: 

 (Pictures provided by Author and http://www.coloradowest.org and http://www.olathesweetcornfest.com)

27 comments:

Susan Whitfield said...

Good article, Annette and D'Ann. I've only been to Colorado one time for seven days. I live in eastern North Carolina and enjoy the beaches and an occasional dusting of snow, but I'd never seen snow in May, piled high on the sides of the roadways. I also got a glimpse of my first live ram up on a ridge. The city of Denver was so clean and as I walked the downtown blocks to shop and dine, I felt very safe with law enforcement visible everywhere. I'd love to go back again. Best of luck with your writing!

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Fran Orenstein said...

I've never been to Colorado, but it's someplace I will go one day, especially if my son & his family relocate there. Thanks for the blog and my mouth is watering. Lots of luck with your books.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I traveled through the southern end of Colorado back in the day and was amazed at the rich black soil so perfect for farming. I didn't know that corn was a big crop, but I sure do like it fresh out of the field and into the pot.
Your books seem perfect for your town. I hope you consider writing one that includes your town. I love westerns.
All the best to you.

Allison Knight said...

I loved Colorado, corn and all. I especially liked the ice cold mountain streams where a beer bottle placed in the stream chilled in half an hour. Then you could sit back and enjoy the view. Nothing like it.

Kristina Knight said...

great post, thanks for giving us a snapshot of your town. I love sweet corn - we have it a LOT in the summer months; it's harder to get in the winter. Now I'll have to check to see if our sweet corn comes from Colorado!

Karen Lopp said...

I love to visit Colorado, my neighboring state to the north:)

Brenda said...

I'm so not a traveler--don't have the desire to see the wide world, but Colorado is the one place I have to visit before I kick it.

Toni Kelly said...

Great article. I've heard that Colorado overall is a beautiful state and from this short snippet of description, it sure does sound like it. I love corn so a sweet corn festival sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

jrlindermuth said...

Lots to see and do in Colorado. I've only been once, but I'd love to visit again.

Jennifer Lowery Kamptner said...

I would love to visit! I've never been to Colorado, but always wanted to go! Love D'Ann's books! Recommend them to anyone who hasn't read them yet!!

Sharon Cullen said...

I love Colorado! I've only been to Colorado Springs but I've hiked in the Garden of the Gods many times. So beautiful. You're so lucky to have that in your backyard.

Liz Flaherty said...

I'd love to come to Colorado. My niece went out there on a work internship and never came home! And Olathe is still several times the size of the town nearest to me. :-)

Sheri Fredricks said...

I want to visit CO soon. And to taste some of the sweet corn in D'Ann's town. What a wonderful post, I learned a lot about your area, your books, and you.

Lala Corriere said...

Born in Salida and raised in the Denver area, I can tell you there is a reason it's called Colorful Colorado. I miss so much of it. Except the snow. Oh, and the Olathe corn is the best!

Nikki said...

I'd love to visit Colorado one day. Great post! :)

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I've never been to Colorado, but I'd certainly like to visit! For us, the West has been Arizona and Nevada to a limited extent. But my husband and I would both love to see much more of the West.

Daryl Devore said...

Why is it the centennial state?? It is one of the states I'd love to visit and you made sound even better.

D'Ann said...

Thank you, all!
You are all welcome here, anytime! Colorado is the Centenial state b/c it was 100 yrs old in 1976!

Fiona McGier said...

I've got cousins who live out there, and so does my husband. We just have to clear the time to be able to get there. Maybe once all of the kids are out of college and we've paid off the student loans?

Colorado sounds gorgeous! I went to college in DeKalb, IL, also a corn-growing mecca. I love sweet corn on the cob! That supplemented by mass quantities of beer, was the sum total of my calories intake during the summer months!

christine warner said...

Interesting post D'Ann! And I love...I mean LOVE sweet corn. YUM. We eat it a lot in the summer too. As for your towns population, you have mine beat by about 500 peeps. I like living in the country :) Congrats on your books!

Georgina Sellwood said...

Nice blog. I'm hungry for corn on the cob now!!

Heidiwriter said...

Your small town sounds wonderful, especially the corn!

D'Ann, you should check out Women Writing the West--it's a great organization!

Jenna said...

Is Colorado where James Michner set his novel Centennial? And we had sweet corn for lunch! I wonder if it was yours? I'm coming to visit Colorado come hell or high water. You and I have a date with a horse! :)

Liza O'Connor said...

Poor D'Ann, it must be so trying to wake up to majestic mountains and raging rivers. So glad I live in New Jersey. Our mountains were shaved off by icebergs. Makes hiking so much easier.

ellaquinnauthor said...

Colorado has alwasy facinated me. I tweeted.

Karen H in NC said...

Like many, I've never visited Colorado but it is on my list of TTDBID! Thanks for painting such a beautiful picture of the state with your words.

William Kendall said...

It's one of the states I haven't travelled to, but I'd love to go someday. Particularly for the mountain climbing.

Sometimes small town living is precisly what we need. I live in a big city, but there are times I'd like to get back to a less hectic pace of life.