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Caryn Larrinaga is a Basque-American mystery and horror writer. She has been a Dragon Award finalist and won multiple awards for her work, including the League of Utah Writers Silver Quill (Donn’s Hill, 2017) and the Cat Writers Association Certificate of Excellence (Donn’s Legacy, 2020). In 2021, she was named Writer of the Year by the League of Utah Writers.

Watching scary movies through split fingers terrified Caryn as a child, and those nightmares inspire her to write now. Her 90-year-old house has a colorful history, and the creaking walls and narrow hallways send her running (never walking) up the stairs. Exploring her fears through writing makes Caryn feel a little less foolish for wanting a buddy to accompany her into the tool shed.

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I’m the League of Utah Writers 2021 Writer of the Year!!

Okay, this is wild for me to even get to type this, but this past weekend I was named the League of Utah Writers 2021 Writer of the Year at their annual Quill Awards Banquet.

I’m still in shock.

Since joining the League in 2016, I’ve watched many authors I respect and admire accept this prestigious award. Each year at the banquet, I’ve listened as the Writer of the Year award chair, Carolyn Campbel

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“nymph or siren from Basque mythology with duck-like feet (Lamiak = plural Lamia) 2 Txorizo: pork sausage 3 Pintxos: small snacks made from a variety of ingredients fastened to a slice of baguette bread with a toothpick 4 Trikitixa: a small accordion with buttons instead of piano-style keys”
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