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CL native talks about ‘Switching Gears to Find a New Groove’

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra– Author Iris Hattersley, one of the “Lucky 13,” will discuss “Switching Gears to Find a New Groove” at the Ridge Writers general meeting on Thursday, October 6, that starts at 6:30 pm at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores. Public welcome. No admission charge. Masks requested.

Hattersley explains that, “Growing up at China Lake [maiden name Pat Reid] was one of the best things that happened to me. It was a home like no other place. Did it prepare me for the adventures I experienced later in life? Maybe not, but it was the safe environment of my youth, schools with smart teachers and smart kids, and the place where I developed strong and lasting friendships.

“My memoir, ‘Lucky Thirteen,’ relates my life in this place and my life after I left. Of most interest has been my career in the U.S. Marshals Service at a time when the first thirteen women were hired to carry the badge and credentials of a Deputy U.S. Marshal. I was assigned to Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Washington, D.C. I then worked as a Special Agent for the Department of Defense until my retirement in 1993 in Las Vegas.’ In 20017, she attended Oxford University in England to take courses for an advanced degree.

“I married another deputy, Larry Hattersley,” she adds, “we juggled our jobs, work-related separations, children, and home life. Amazingly, our marriage survived, and our children are doing well. It has been quite a ride!”

A book signing will follow the program. Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 113-year-old California Writers Club ( that has 22 branches throughout the state and traces its roots back to Jack London and friends in the Bay Area.