Katie Ruggle

Gone Too Deep: Book 3 in the Search and Rescue Series


  1. How did you get the idea to write this series?

When I was brainstorming series ideas with my wonderful editor, who works in New York City, I’d share tidbits about living in my off-grid house in the Rocky Mountains. For example, I’d tell her about trekking to the far, snowy reaches of the property at four a.m. to untangle my Great Pyrenees mix dog from the wire fence before her mournful howls caught the coyotes’ attention. Or I’d tell my editor about the father (John) and son (John. Not John Junior. Just John) duo who lived in a pop-up camper a few miles from me. They stopped by my place one day so that they could share their conspiracy theories (“The government does what?”). After I told her a few of these tales, my editor said that she’d love it if the setting for my books was based on my real-life location. So I came up with the remote mountain town of Simpson, Colorado, where all my Search and Rescue books are based. The headless dead guy was purely from my imagination, though.

  1. What was your research process for this series?

Most of my research for this series had been done unknowingly months or even years before I started to write it. I received my law enforcement degree while working for a police department. My favorite part of the job was collecting and analyzing forensic evidence as part of the Crime Scene Team. Also, while doing volunteer work with a fire department in Colorado, I was certified in cold-water rescue.

For Gone Too Deep, most of the research I had to do was on cold-weather camping. I’m not a camper. I love doing things outside: hiking, biking, fly fishing, shooting, horseback riding, four-wheeling. When I’m done, all I want is a soft bed and indoor plumbing. The wilderness is wonderful…but civilization has its perks, too.

  1. Do you have a character that has been your favorite to write?

Lou, from Hold Your Breath (although she pops up in all the Search and Rescue books), has been the most fun to write, since a lot of what says comes straight from the snarky commentary running through my brain at all times. I have to have a filter, but Lou can just blurt out whatever comes to mind. That’s pretty enjoyable.

My favorite character, though, has to be George, hero of Gone Too Deep. He’s just so…George.

  1. What does your life look like when you aren’t writing?

I’m sorry…when? Just kidding—I do have a life outside of writing, if only because I haven’t figured out how to do edits while cleaning the chicken coop or mowing (there is so. Much. Grass). I work the very-very-early-morning shift at a local bakery before returning to my 150-year-old farmhouse to write. I love to horseback ride, garden (my beets are doing so well!), take care of my animals (only dogs, cats and chickens at this point), target shoot (the gun nerd in me had a fabulous time doing research for Fan the Flames), travel, SCUBA dive, hike, cross-country ski, learn Krav Maga, do yoga, and read (of course).

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Finish the first draft of your book/short story/essay/poem. Get all the words down, even if you’re worried that they might be terrible. Once you have the raw material in front of you, then you can edit it. The hardest part, I think, is getting that first draft done. It’s scary, because it’s perfect in your head, and, if no one can see it, then no one can tell you it sucks. Be brave, though, and write your story.


In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…

George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He’s the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There’s just one problem—Ellie’s everything George isn’t. She’s a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.

With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.

Ellie’s determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey…


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About Katie Ruggle: IMG_8781-2

When she’s not writing, Katie Ruggle rides horses, shoots guns, and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the police academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. While she still misses her off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Rochester, Minnesota, near her family.