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Katherine Prairie

Katherine Prairie

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Katherine Prairie, a geologist and IT professional, stepped away from her career to follow her passion for writing. An avid traveller with an insatiable curiosity, you never know where you’ll find her next! But most days, she’s in Kingston, Canada quietly plotting murder and mayhem under the watchful eye of a cat. She is an award-winning presenter and her debut thriller THIRST was shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Books Awards (2017). BLUE FIRE, her second to feature geologist Alex Graham, was shortlisted for the International Rubery Awards (2019) and was a semi-finalist in the Adventure Writers Competition (2019). She is a member of Editors Canada, the founding president of Sisters in Crime-Canada West, and she served as a Crime Writers of Canada director in 2018-19. 

I write professionally in the following language(s):


Blue Fire. Stonedrift Press Ltd., 2018
Thirst. Stonedrift Press Ltd. , 2016
The Essential PROC SQL Handbook for SAS Users. SAS Institute, 2005


Whistler Independent Books Awards Shortlist for Thirst, 2017
International Rubery Award Shortlist for Blue Fire, 2019
Adventure Writers Competition Semi-finalist for Blue Fire, 2019
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