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Huffington Post: Kitty Pilgrim: Author On Her Shift From CNN Anchor To Novelist

Pilgrim’s personal escape became The Explorer’s Code -- a romantic thriller about an oceanographer, Cordelia Stapleton, who arrives in Monaco to pick up a posthumous award for her great-great-grandfather, a Victorian polar explorer.

Jul 12, 2012

Huffington Post
By, Laura Rowley
July 6, 2012





In 2009, after a long day of reporting and anchoring on CNN, Kitty Pilgrim would take the train north to her home in upstate New York. With two sons in college and a partner who traveled frequently on business, she’d often arrive to an empty nest. So she started writing.

“Commuting home I had more than an hour on Amtrak to write -- to let go of the insanity of the day and put myself in a glamorous, luxurious world,” she said.

Over 18 months, Pilgrim’s personal escape became The Explorer’s Code -- a romantic thriller about an oceanographer, Cordelia Stapleton, who arrives in Monaco to pick up a posthumous award for her great-great-grandfather, a Victorian polar explorer. Stapleton receives his journal at the event, and learns she is heir to a missing deed for land occupied by the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a secure storehouse of global seeds built to ensure biodiversity in the event of disaster. She teams up with a handsome archaeologist, and the two traverse Europe in search of the deed, stalked by ruthless Russian mobsters, evangelical cult members and others seeking the document. A subplot follows the decoding of the genome from the 1918 flu pandemic.

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