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  • Writer's pictureCatharine Riggs

Holiday Reflections

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

When I was a child, I dreamed of becoming a writer. I was the kid who had a passion for books. Wanted to travel with Stuart Little. Chat with Charlotte beneath her web. Fly away with Peter Pan. Solve mysteries with Nancy Drew. Climb trees with Jem and Scout. And then in college, for a variety of reasons, I set that dream aside. Pretended it didn’t matter until I entered my forties and decided it was foolish not to give it a try. It took over a decade of daily writing and countless rejections to reach my publishing goal. I couldn’t have done it without my 'village,' so in honor of the holiday season, I would like to thank the following:

To author Robert Dugoni for introducing my manuscript to his agent. To agent extraordinaire Rebecca Scherer for shepherding me through the maze. To early reader/editor Cynthia Wessendorf for untangling my grammatical snarls. To author Meg Gardiner for gifting me with a Thrillerfest 'first sentence' award. To the International Thriller Writers for their ongoing guidance and support. To the authors who took the time and effort to read and blurb my books (Ashley Dyer, Robert Dugoni, Cynthia Hamilton, David Housewright, T.R. Ragan, Peggy Townsend and P.J. Vernon.) To the SB Public Library, The Book Den and Tecolote Book Shop for hosting my book launches. To my loving friends and family for cheering me through the highs and the lows. And to my readers - I’m deeply appreciative of your ongoing interest and support.

If you haven’t had a chance to dive into the pages of my Santa Barbara Suspense duo, now’s the time to give them a try. For the month of December, the Kindle version of my twin thrillers What She Gave Away and What She Never Said are on sale for only $.99 and $1.99 respectively in the US marketplace.

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