Her first novel, Pretty Much True (originally Homefront), was, as an independently released title, featured on NPR, in the Huffington Post, the Stars and Stripes, and in several local newspapers, as well as on television. In 2012, Saint Joseph’s University professor Dr. Owen W. Gilman, Jr. included it in his “American War Literature and Film: Vietnam to Now” course curriculum. Missouri Breaks Press acquired and published Pretty Much True in 2014, and when the press closed, the rights reverted to the author.
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 Those stories, along with some that were previously unpublished, are compiled in the collection Carol’s Aquarium.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 5 On, a series of interviews with writers and others in the publishing industry that does its best to provide a clear-lens picture of the writing life. She is happy to be available for in-person or Skype/Facetime book club or classroom discussions.
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