Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve lived in a world of literature, surrounded by books – and music.
Books and records lined the walls of my parents’ house when I was growing up, and in between weekly trips to the library, I read like a fiend, writing the titles on a list, and checking them off when I’d finished. Also a movie enthusiast, I just love a good story.
Reading, watching, researching or telling stories have always been some of my favorite activities. That and swimming in the ocean, listening to live music, playing my grand piano… and singing.
Oh, and of course, signing books.
My latest book is I’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, the story behind the murder of multimillionaire entrepreneur Bill McLaughlin of Newport Beach, California, by his femme fatale fiancee, Nanette Johnston Packard, and her NFL-linebacker lover Eric Naposki.
Since then I’ve written or co-authored seven more narrative non-fiction books. It took me 17 years to release the first book I ever wrote – the crime novel, NAKED ADDICTION – and after many ups and downs with its original publisher, the book will be re-released here through WildBlue Press on November 11, 2014. (Pre-order for your Kindle now!)
“With a journalist’s eye for the telling details of life, Caitlin Rother is a keen architect of the most important part of storytelling: character. The people in her prose grip you tightly with their truth.” – NYT bestselling crime novelist Michael Connelly
I’ve been a professional writer for most of my life. I worked as an investigative reporter for newspapers for nearly 20 years, in Washington D.C., western Massachusetts, and then in Southern California, where I grew up. After covering government, politics, mental illness and the occasional crime story (it was always interesting when those beats overlapped), I left newspapers in 2006 to take a leap into the wild blue world of risk and reward to pursue my dream of writing books full-time. At any given time, I’m usually working on two or three books, in between teaching and coaching aspiring writers to write their stories.
My love for books has only heightened since my first, POISONED LOVE, was published in 2005, in fact it’s become a downright addictive. After covering the Kristin Rossum murder case from arrest to sentencing for The San Diego Union-Tribune, I wrote this book about the case of the former toxicologist who stole the powerful narcotic fentanyl and other drugs, which she used to poison her husband, Greg de Villers, and then staged a suicide scene by sprinkling red rose petals over his body.
“A true crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat… A brilliant job of captivating the inner workings of a female killer.” – NYT bestselling true crime author Aphrodite Jones
My other books are LOST GIRLS, DEAD RECKONING, TWISTED TRIANGLE, BODY PARTS, DEADLY DEVOTION and the New York Times bestseller, MY LIFE, DELETED.
“LOST GIRLS, by veteran journalist and true-crime writer Caitlin Rother is a deeply reported, dispassionately written attempt what created that monster and predator [John Gardner]. It is a cautionary tale and a horror story, done superbly by a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive by her sources.” – Los Angeles Times
I’m currently working on HER LAST BREATH, which goes behind the scenes of the Steven DeMocker case out of Prescott, Arizona: this one is a story of blood money, manipulation, murder and a roller coaster ride to justice for a man whose family believes he was wrongly convicted for killing his ex-wife of just 35 days, Carol Kennedy. I hope you enjoy one of my books and come back for more!
For more information, please visit my website, http://caitlinrother.com