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
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.
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