Westword: What made you decide to spin a novel out of this narrow core of reality?:
Daniel Pyne: Three things: First, I grew up in Littleton, so I wanted to write something about the West. Second, my brother — who still lives in Denver — bought a mine on Independence Pass. I came out and witnessed what he was doing, and I was extremely amused by it. Third, I already had two characters in my head who were brothers, and I wanted to find an environment in which to explore their relationship, with its inherent themes — loyalty, reality, greed and so on. Not much of it is based on my actual relationship with my brother, but I did poach details from his life and from the mine. But the brothers themselves are complete creations, although hopefully, they feel like real people.
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