Kristen Houghton


Kristen Houghton is an internationally best-selling author whose new novel, THE HAWAIIAN WORD for MURDER is book 5 in the critically acclaimed series, A Cate Harlow Private Investigation.

Her young adult novel LLILITH ANGEL, featuring a teenage investigator with distinct paranormal abilities, has been chosen as a finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards. She is also the author of the award-winning horror novella, WELCOME TO HELL and the Horror Writers Award for best short story, THE SHUTTLE BUS MAN.

Besides writing novels, Houghton is the author of two non-fiction books and numerous short stories which appear in popular anthologies.

Kristen Houghton resides in the NYC area and Sanibel Island with her husband, baseball historian Alan William Hopper.
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Greg Archer of The Huffington Post has called her books, "Page-turning, can't put down mysteries with a sexy, savvy PI who is very good at what she does. Wonderful secondary characters and back stories as well. Brava Kristen Houghton!"

Books by Kristen Houghton include:
A Cate Harlow Private Investigation series (books 1-4 listed below)
For I Have Sinned
Grave Misgivings
Unrepentant: Pray for Us Sinners
Do Unto Others

The Teddy Jameson Chronicles series (books 1& 2 listed below)
Welcome to Hell, Teddy Jameson
Leaving Hell With The Angel of Redemption

The Anchoress: A Romantic Tale of Terror

YA Novels
Lilith Angel
Remember, Hetty?

No Woman Diets Alone-There’s Always a Man Behind Her Eating a Doughnut
And Then I’ll Be Happy
Nourishing Thoughts

Her vast portfolio includes writing for the Huffington Post, the Horror Zine, the San Francisco Examiner, and Criminal Element Magazine as well as celebrity interviews and reviews for HBO documentaries, OWN-The Oprah Winfrey Network, and The Style Channel. She appears as a guest author and book commentator regularly on TV, radio, and internet shows.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well, I was always a story-teller and that’s what writers do; we tell stories. I was the little girl who could keep her friends interested for a couple of hours by telling all different types of stories. My imagination was, and is, very fertile and active. In high school I created a sort of soap opera and each day during study hall I would hand out the next part of the story. I made sure to always leave a cliffhanger of sorts with each new part to stir up anticipation.
What is your writing process?
Surprisingly, since I am not this way in some other areas of my life, I am a very organized writer. I like to write beginnings, middles, and endings in my stories in that order. This gives me a story timeline and lets me get inside the minds of my characters as if I am going through what is happening to them. Let's say that everything is going along smoothly in the beginning of the story and then something unexpected or traumatic happens, how does that impact one or more characters and how do they react? But I do sometimes write endings or future parts of a story if an idea comes to me. My filing system on my computer is well-labeled with stories, story ideas, and articles.
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The Hawaiian Word for Murder
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 65,070. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Murder never takes a vacation, not even in paradise. That’s what Private Investigator Cate Harlow discovers while she’s on a Hawaiian vacation with her sexy ex, NYPD detective, Will Benigni.
Lilith Angel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,000. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Lilith Angel has just recently discovered one of new her magical gifts—she can fly! She’s been told that she’s part-witch, and that more gifts of magic await her as she nears her 18th birthday.
Welcome to Hell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Teddy Jameson awakens nude and confused in what appears to be a tropical paradise. His guide looks like Brad Pitt and the grounds look like a Sandals Resort. Nice, right? The only problem is that his guide has greeted him with these solemn words, "Mr. Theodore Carter Hugh Jameson, may I be the first to welcome you to Hell."
The Cate Harlow Private Investigations Boxset
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 330,150. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
From author Kristen Houghton comes the boxset of the best-selling A Cate Harlow Private Investigation series. Readers requested and we complied! All four books in the series in one beautiful boxset.
Sins of the Father: A Cate Harlow Private Investigation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,650. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Private Investigator Cate Harlow finds herself involved in two cases that seemingly have nothing to do with each other; she soon discovers they may be bizarrely connected. While working the cold case of a boy who went missing ten years ago, she receives an early morning call from her ex-husband, a homicide detective, informing her about a recent murder; the horribly mutilated body of a priest!
Do Unto Others: A Cate Harlow Private Investigation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,740. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Cate Harlow’s ex-husband and the love of her life, NYC Detective Will Benigni, has been shot and is in a dangerous dance with life and death. His captain tells Cate that this was no random act of violence. This was an outright murder attempt on Will’s life. As Cate delves deeper into the mystery, she finds herself embroiled in a story of jealousy, violence, and revenge.
For I Have Sinned A Cate Harlow Private Investigation
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,310. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Private investigator Cate Harlow receives an early morning call from her ex-husband, a homicide detective, informing her about the horribly mutilated body of a priest with a hand-written message in Latin Dante's Divine Comedy, "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here."
Grave Misgivings A Cate Harlow Private Investigation
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,970. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(4.00 from 1 review)
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Cate Harlow has a terrified new client. A woman named Jennifer Brooks-Warren has come to Catherine Harlow, Private Investigations in desperate need of help; a contract has been put out on her life.Making it all the harder for Cate is the name of the person responsible for taking out the contract killing in the first place. It's none other than Jennifer Brooks-Warren herself!

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