She is also a feature writer & columnist for a Connecticut newspaper who occasionally shows up on a local (to her) morning show to talk about books. The features/columns she either had the most fun with or believes may help others are shared on this website under the category “Journal Inquirer Articles” and include “Medical marijuana: use it or lose it,” “Doc Severinsen: 85 and still dangerous,” “The emotional experience of organ donation,” and “Marriage and traumatic brain injuries: it can work.”
Kristen, who sometimes writes under the pseudonym Sylvia D. Lucas, is a former instructor of expressive writing, play writing, and screenwriting, and a former adjunct English professor. She was privileged to edit Volume 11 of American Fiction (judged by Clint McCown) and co-edit Volume 12 (judged by Josip Novakovich).
Her early job experience, which began at the age of 14 as a cart pusher at the Heidelberg commissary in Germany, includes grocery bagger, liquor store clerk, video store clerk, Stay Puff Marshmallow Man, writing tutor, job coach, paid-under-the-table front-counter girl at a gym, editor and co-writer to a ghostwriter, janitor, and cab driver.
When not working or writing and filming scenes for “Inside the Writers’ Studio,” a comic-relief YouTube series for writers co-created and co-written (and brilliantly edited) by author R.J. Keller, she spends time with the husband.
Kristen met her husband when the two were both seniors attending a DoDDS high school in Heidelberg, Germany. After graduation, he moved to the southern US and she moved to the northern US. Eleven years and several short stories with him as the muse later (Carol’s Aquarium), they decided to be together. Three weeks after the decision was made he was off to Iraq, unwittingly inspiring her debut novel Pretty Much True…