• “Reading Kristen Houghton is like getting together with a charming and savvy best friend – I highly recommend her books to everyone.”
    Janet Taylor, MD
    Psychiatrist, contributor to “ The Today Show” on NBC
  • "Houghton's characters tackle life's problems with a sense of humor and sheer tenacity, coupled with a juicy tone that captures and holds our attention.”
    Judy Martin
    Emmy-Award winning broadcast journalist, news writer/radio anchor at CNBC Radio
  • A master observer of women, men, life and relationships… Kristen Houghton's books are a must read for all..”
    Maria Rago
    author of Shut Up Skinny Bitches! Ph.D.,Clinical Director Rago Counseling Center for Women’s Issues
  • "Kristen Houghton is a woman whose advice... will help you revive your goals, reinvent your life, and make positive changes!"
    Bill Mitchell
    P.I., author of “The More You Know”and “The 7 Day Detective.” Consultant to the “Dr. Phil Show”

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       Recent Press

    A huge thank you to all who voted for their favorite cover for my book,

    For I Have Sinned: A Cate Harlow Private Investigation.

    I am having a blast writing the second book in the series.

    Characters from the first book have become old friends!

    Koehler Publishing — Kristen Houghton’s latest novel, For I Have Sinned, launches this November.

    It is a fast-paced Cate Harlow Private Investigation story that will hold you to the end. 

          May, 2014


We are very pleased to announce that, FOR I HAVE SINNED, the first book in the Cate Harlow Private Investigations series by Kristen Houghton, will be published by Koehler Books Publishing in 2014.

The character of Cate Harlow and all characters in the CATE HARLOW, PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS series have been created by author Kristen Houghton.
© copyright 2014 Kristen Houghton all rights reserved.


Just released! Welcome to Hell

We are pleased to announce the first horror novella by Kristen Houghton.

Written under the name CK Houghton, Welcome to Hell has just been released as an ebook and the previews are excellent!

"Well-written in a perfect blend of horror and dark comedy; nice psychological twists and turns."         Kirkus Reviews 


Take a healthy pouring of satire. Stir in black humor. Add a slug of morality play when the Devil explains what is in store for Teddy's eternal damnation. Stir well. Sip. Repeat. Houghton hits two of my favorite writing elements, satire and black humor. This novella is fun and scary! Sit back and enjoy. You'll find it's worth the ride.                                                                                                                                         Betsy Ashton in Write Now!

Product Details 

Read Kristen Houghton's interview in A Book Lover's Library

 ABLL would like to welcome author Kristen Houghton. Sit back and enjoy the interview.

Describe yourself as a writer.

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. read more→

The Paperback and Kindle versions of The Horror Zine, with my new short story The Shuttle Bus Man, are now available. Many thanks to the talented editor, Jeani Rector for all her hard work! 

The Shuttle Bus Man  in The Horror Zine

Here Now!  New book

Nourishing Thoughts - The Little Book of Wise Sayings Nourishing Thoughts - The Little Book of Wise Sayings

We're so thrilled to announce the release of Kristen's new book which is  already getting great buzz and positive previews


This is a small book of thoughtful sayings, and short tales that will teach you how to nourish the “self within” and become whole. Each segment begins with a life statement and ends with a Nourishing Thought coming from an eclectic mix of writers, historical figures, actors, and ancient spiritual sages. From Mark Twain to Buddha to Katharine Hepburn to Julius Caesar, to a surprisingly, serious statement made by the Queen of Comedy, Lucille Ball, the sayings offer practical advice on living a nourishing, positive life. Each “nourishing thought” will help you towards having your own “great sense of self.”

This holistic way of living your life is beneficial to all within your sphere. It has a healthy domino effect. Like the abundant spread of wildflowers in meadows, the seeds from loving and caring for yourself will subtly bring their beauty to everyone in your life. Your healthy attitude will influence everything in your world.
Nourishing Thoughts is a great book to read on its own and is a wonderful companion book to Kristen's top-selling book,  And Then I'll Be Happy!   Enjoy!

Kristen's Keys for a Happy Life

    Women Who Drink 

     Women have joined the ranks of people who "drink a bit too much." The history of women and  

     drinking is interesting...  Read more →

     Dads and Daughters 

     Daughters see themselves in their fathers' eyes. If he says she's smart, she is; if he says

     she's pretty, she is...   Read more →

     Sex, Older Women, and Health

    There's a common misconception that as women age, they lose interest in sex. But a new

    University of California-San Francisco study says this is not at all true. Women...

    Read more→

     The Calorie Restrictive Lifestyle  Dieting in America

     My friends in France and Italy do not understand why we put ourselves through the torture of

     food denial so frequently. If you want to lose weight, they say...

     Read more →

     How to Thank the Women Who Paved the Way for Us

     The next time you sign a paper making you a property owner, the next time you vote...

     Read more →

     Women and Guns

     Guns scare me. Even though I have handled one, with trepidation, on a shooting range...

     Read more →

     Is It Okay To Be (Positively) Selfish?

               Face it; if you’re in a good place with your own life, you are in a better...

               Read more →

    Weight - Why One Size Doesn't Fit All

              Lindsay is great. You two might have a lot in common. She's..."

             "Fat. I don't date fat girls," Rob said abruptly.

              Read more→

    Laughter is both glue and medicine for marriages because...

    ...it keeps us together and heals our hearts.

  Banking on Marriage

   Marriage is a miracle even when we don't see it as such. It endures a lot...

   Read more→

   A Comic Relief List of What Not to Discuss on Holidays

            "They're" (almost) here! "They" are the days that comprise the holiday season... 

            Read more→

         Women Who Curse and the Men Who Love Them

  I'm a woman who curses on ocassion and my husband loves me. But some men...

  Read more →

 Happiness Key: Forgive Yourself and Heal - Great Therapy!

 Everyone from celebrities to clergy of all faiths tout forgiveness as a healing action.

 All say that forgiving someone who has hurt you helps you to move on. But does it? Read more→

        Happiness Key: He's 30, Can I Still Call Him My BOYfriend?

  After the age of 30 are the titles "boyfriend and girlfriend" the best we can give each other?


Kristen Houghton is an award-winning, best-selling author of seven fiction and two non-fiction books as well as a frequent contributor of short stories to fiction anthologies. Her series A Cate Harlow Private Investigation has garnered praise from renowned book critics nationwide and her books are on the top-selling book lists in the USA, the U.K., and France. 

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.

In a recent interview Kristen told Greg Archer of The Huffington Post about her love of writing.

"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. I wrote my first story, "Bobby Jones and the Little Boat" when I was nine. 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. I love the magic in writing and reading a good story.

My book shelf is eclectic: everything is there from the classics by Shakespeare, Austin and Dickens, to Victorian English dramas such as John Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga, up to the classic horror of Stephen King and Anne Rice. I also love The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency series and anything written by Amy Tan especially The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Reading, and writing, is my escape and my pleasure."

Kristen began her dream of writing while still actively teaching Linguistics on the secondary level.

Her first book, And Then I'll Be Happy! was published in 2009.  No Woman Diets Alone-There's Always a Man Behind Her Eating a Doughnut followed in 2011, and Welcome to Hell was released in 2012. She hopes her novels will touch readers with humor and poignancy, suspense and delight.

When not spending time with the made up characters in her head, Kristen enjoys ballet and jazz, spending time with her patient and terrific husband, Alan, swimming, scuba-diving and trying to live an endless summer.

Kristen is a philanthropist and tireless advocate for BroadwayBarks, North Shore Animal League,a no kill shelter, Shelters With Heart, a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their pets, 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".

Exciting new thriller

"Kristen Houghton knows exactly how to draw her readers into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book and can't wait for the next in the series. Brava Kristen! Well-done!"

 K. Bland, The San Francisco Examiner

Kristen Houghton is the author of the following best-selling books:


Reviewed by Karen Bartlett of Gulfshore Life Magazine 
(5.0 out of 5 stars What the hell? I'm in Hell??? )
"The impact of this little novel stays with you long after you turn the last page. You can enjoy the dark humor and cleverness of the storyline and leave it at that, or you can allow the deeper philosophy to simmer around in your head long afterward, as it did with me. It wouldn't be nice to reveal more, but at the very least, Welcome to Hell is an entertaining read and a lively conversation starter."


No Woman Diets Alone -There's Always a Man Behind Her Eating a Doughnut


Praise from Kirkus Review says:

"A funny, irreverent romp through marital misadventures told completely tongue-in-cheek by Kristen Houghton, the best new humor writer we've read in a long time! Fresh and charmingly funny! Houghton takes relationships to a new level of hilarity." Since being launched on December 1, 2011, it has stayed  in the top 50 books of the new year.

And Then I'll Be Happy! Stop Sabotaging Your Happiness and Put Your Own Life First.  

Praised by reviewers as a "must-read," her book, ranked among the 100 top-sellers by Tower Books, offers realistic, solid solutions for creating a happy, healthy, personally successful life that you can live on your own terms. Critics hail her work as "fresh, insightful, sharp, sexy-funny, and sophisticated...... Savvy, sane advice for all!"

And Then I'll Be Happy! has been consistently ranked in the top-selling 100 books by Tower Books for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014


Nourishing Thoughts - The Little Book of Wise Sayings

A small book of thoughtful sayings, and short tales that will teach you how to nourish the “self within” and become whole. Each segment begins with a life statement and ends with a Nourishing Thought coming from an eclectic mix of writers, historical figures, actors, and ancient spiritual sages. From Mark Twain to Buddha to Katharine Hepburn to Julius Caesar, to a surprisingly, serious statement made by the Queen of Comedy, Lucille Ball, the sayings offer practical advice on living a nourishing, positive life. Each “nourishing thought” will help you towards having your own “great sense of self.”




This is a sweet, poignant story of two sisters, their interwoven lives, their longings and regrets, but most of all, a story of remembering. The desire to have someone share memories and past moments of our lives with us is a powerful need. Life is made up of remembrances both mundane and life-changing.
Kirkus Review says:"Hetty and Deidre will win your hearts in this short story by phenomenal new writer of the supernatural, Kristen Houghton.

Winner of the Writers Guild Review Best New Young Adult Fiction award.


see Kristen's short stories in The Horror Zine Anthologies