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Presenting Debutante Kristina Riggle and Real Life & Liars

August 21, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Book Presentations, Books

[Note: In honoring The Debutante Ball Class of 09, we’ve come full circle since Kristina Riggle — the fifth and final Deb to take her bow — did so right here on launch day of The Divining Wand. Many already know that Kristina’s Real Life & Liars is a “quiet little book” that deserves this last hurrah.]

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Although The Debutante Ball will continue its 2009 season until the end of August, tomorrow — Tuesday, June 16th — Kristina Riggle will become the fifth and final member of the class to take a bow when her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, becomes available for purchase online and at bookstores everywhere.

To become aquainted with this talented writer who loves the meaningful pleasures of family, home, and Michigan, a visit to Kristina’s Bio on her website will tell you that:

“Kristina Riggle lives and writes in West Michigan. Besides her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, she has published short stories in the Cimarron Review, Literary Mama, Espresso Fiction, and elsewhere. She is also a freelance journalist writing primarily for The Grand Rapids Press, and co-editor for fiction at Literary Mama. Kristina was a full-time newspaper reporter for seven years before turning her attention to creative writing and freelancing. On Mondays, she can be found blogging at The Debutante Ball, a group blog of authors debuting in 2009. As well as writing, she enjoys reading, yoga, dabbling in (very) amateur musical theatre, and spending lots of time with her husband, two kids and dog.

“Real Life & Liars is set in Charlevoix, Michigan, a town close to Kristina’s heart as the home of her grandparents where she has visited often over the years. Some recognizable Charlevoix landmarks appear in the novel, as well as fictionalized versions of real places. The home of the Zielinski family on Dixon Avenue is based loosely on the house where her grandmother grew up.”

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Approximately two months after experiencing her first goosebump moment of seeing her novel on a bookstore shelf, Kristina tells of yet another:

“My [other] goosebump moment was a woman at my book launch signing who told me, because of a scene in my novel, that she went out and scheduled a long-delayed mammogram. The fact that my scribblings motivated this woman to take charge of her health just about knocked me over. I didn’t set out to do anything noble — I just like to tell stories — but this was a wonderful bonus.”

[Next week as they bid fond farewells to their debutante status, all five authors will most certainly share personal bonuses. Do drop by The Debutante Ball for Auld Lang Syne.

And next week The Divining Wand rolls out The Red Carpet for EXCLUSIVE upclose and personal interviews with The Debutante Class of 2010 as they prepare to enter The Ball. You won’t want to miss these about-to-become authors beyond their pages…]