Kristen Houghton

Biography

Kristen Houghton is the award-winning author of FOR I HAVE SINNED and GRAVE MISGIVINGS the first two books in her best-selling new PI series, A Cate Harlow Private Investigation. The series has garnered praise from renowned book critics nationwide and are on the top-selling book lists in the USA, the U.K., and France.

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:
CRIME and MYSTERY
CATE HARLOW PRIVATE INVESTIGATION series
For I Have Sinned
Grave Misgivings
Unrepentant: Pray for Us Sinners

FANTASY
THE TEDDY JAMESON CHRONICLES
Welcome to Hell, Teddy Jameson
The Angel of Redemption

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The Anchoress: A Romantic Tale of Terror
Remember, Hetty? (a YA ghost story)

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

She is also a frequent contributor of short stories and poems to fiction anthologies, most notably the award-winning stories in The HorrorZine, "Funeral Meats" and "The Shuttle Bus Man."

Her vast portfolio includes writing for The Huffington Post, More Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and Women 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.

Kristen is a philanthropist and tireless advocate for BroadwayBarks,
North Shore Animal League (a no kill shelter), BroadwayCares Equity
Fights Aids, and St. Jude Thanks and Giving. She is also involved as an empowerment mentor for the International Women's Health Coalition. A California girl at heart, she and her husband, Alan reside in
the New York City area which is "magical".
For more about Kristen, her books and short stories, please visit www.kristenhoughton.com/

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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Books

For I Have Sinned A Cate Harlow Private Investigation
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,320. 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
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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