Former Writers Studio attendee Catharine Riggs’ debut novel What She Gave Away will be published by Thomas & Mercer in September of 2018. The work of psychological suspense features an outsider with a dark past and a bitter grudge who moves to a wealthy beach-side community only to find herself enmeshed in the secrets of her boss and his hapless wife. What She Gave Away is the first of a three-book series loosely linked by setting and secondary characters.

Written from the point of view of two first person narrators, Catharine developed one of the two voices in a scene writing course taught by instructor Daniel Jaffe. She says, “Daniel was the first to hear [narrator] Crystal’s unique voice, and his positive feedback gave me the confidence I needed to continue developing her nontraditional character. I’m grateful for his support.”

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