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Stephen Holgate is a fifth-generation Oregonian who served as a diplomat for American embassies in France, Madagascar, Morocco, Mexico and Sri Lanka.

In addition to his Foreign Service posts, Mr. Holgate spent several years as a congressional staffer; headed a committee staff of the Oregon State Senate; managed two electoral campaigns; acted with the national tour of an improvisational theater group; worked as a crew member of a barge on the canals of France; and lived in a tent while working as a gardener in Malibu.

Tangier, his first novel, gained critical acclaim, and made Bookreaders ten-best list in the Indie Mystery/Suspense category. His second novel, Madagascar, has met with similar critical success, receiving a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly, a nomination from Forward Reviews as Best Book of the Year in the fiction category, as well as another listing from Bookreaders among the ten best Mystery/Suspense novels of the year.

In addition to his novels, Holgate has published several short stories and a successfully produced one-man play, as well as innumerable freelance articles. 

He lives with his wife, Felicia, in Portland, Oregon.

His third novel, Sri Lanka, will be published in Spring 2020 by Amphorae Publishing.