Christmas Star takes the Gold!
On May 30, 2003, at the Book Expo America in Los Angeles,
ForeWord Magazine announced their Book of the Year Awards.
Catherine Lanigan's The Christmas Star was
awarded the First Place Gold Medal Award for Book of the
Year in Ficton Romance!
national bestselling author of the novelizations
of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile,
Catherine Lanigan has published twenty-four novels
and non-fiction books, with her twenty-fifth, THE
CHRISTMAS STAR being released by Banbury Publishing,
November 1, 2002.
in La Porte, Indiana, to Attorney Frank J. Lanigan
and Dorothy Lanigan, Catherine has been writing
for the past twenty-three years, though her career
was stalled for a fourteen year period after her
creative writing college professor told her she
had no writing talent whatsoever.
his words were wise, she abandoned her dream of becoming
a writer until 1979 when she met a writer who encouraged
her to give her talent another shot. Within a four month
period she wrote her first novel, acquired an agent and
had two publishing houses bidding on the book.
to her novels, which have been translated into twenty-seven
languages around the world, Ms. Lanigan has written two
non-fiction books, THE EVOLVING WOMAN: Intimate
Confessions of Surviving Mr. Wrong, which
is a compilation of real women's life stories in which they
triumphed over abusive marriages and relationships. ANGEL
WATCH: Goosebumps, Signs, Dreams and Divine Nudges,
is Ms. Lanigan's spiritual autobiography in which she chronicles
true stories of angelic intervention and the divine in her
life, her mother's, father's and grandparents.
second in the ANGEL WATCH series
will be released by BANBURY PUBLISHING in Spring, 2003.
BANBURY will also be publishing in hardcover, MIRACLES
ARE GOLDEN, November, 2003, a moving story
of Jimmy, a lonely little boy who wishes for a golden retriever
puppy for Christmas. Jimmy is killed in a skiing accident,
goes to heaven, is told he must return to earth as a golden
retriever puppy to a young boy stricken with leukemia.
heartfelt stories such as these, it is only natural Ms.
Lanigan would seek to bring them to the big screen. As CEO
of Mountain Zen Motion Pictures, Catherine divides her time
between Houston and Los Angeles.
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