About

Kristen Tsetsi has been an adjunct English professor, an instructor of expository- , play-, and screenwriting, a town news reporter/feature writer/columnist at the Journal Inquirer, a Women’s eNews correspondent, and editor of the literary journal American Fiction (New Rivers Press). She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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 is one of the contemporary works studied in Gilman’s The Hell of War Comes Home: Imaginative Texts from the Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, a wide-ranging collection that includes creative nonfiction and journalism, film, poetry, and fiction.

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.

The Age of the Child is her latest (also independently released) novel. Called “an intriguing look at a future that feels frighteningly possible” (Journal Inquirer), The Age of the Child was the focus of an episode of WNPR’s “The Colin McEnroe Show” and, according to reviewer J. S. Crail, promises to “rile up your book clubs.” (“Perfect for book clubs,” agrees Casualties author Elizabeth Marro.)

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. 

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, co-creator of The 2020 Newsletter project, and 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.

Kristen on Medium.

“Why Chris Jane?” answered at Read Her Like an Open Book.