Her first novel, the independently released Pretty Much True (originally Homefront), was included in Saint Joseph’s University professor Dr. Owen W. Gilman, Jr.’s “American War Literature and Film: Vietnam to Now” 2012 course curriculum and
Kristen’s second indie novel, The Year of Dan Palace (published under the pseudonym Chris Jane), has been called “stunningly good” by Indie Bookworm and “impossible to put down” by Pop Culture Zoo. One Amazon reviewer expressed impressive hatred of it.
Kristen was a recipient of the Robert L. Carothers Distinguished Writers Award, and her short fiction has won the Storyglossia Fiction Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her stories have been published in print and online journals that include Red Weather Magazine, Regarding Arts and Letters, Storyglossia, Denver Syntax, Edifice Wrecked, Tryst, and Pindeldyboz. Those stories, along with some that were previously unpublished, are compiled in the collection Carol’s Aquarium.
Kristen contributes regularly to the writers’ and publishers’ resource website JaneFriedman.com, primarily with a series of interviews with writers and others in the publishing industry. She’s also the creator of Obitogy.com and is a 1/3 founding non-mother of the Childfree Girls web series and podcast.
She’s happy to be available for in-person or Skype/Facetime book club or classroom discussions. More information (features, interviews, appearances) here.