Kristin grew up in Buffalo, New York and moved immediately after the Bill’s fourth Super Bowl loss for better odds.
She earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration and held academic positions at Penn State, University of Maryland, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Mat-Su College. She also taught a variety of subjects (from ballroom dancing to graduate statistics) and was chosen 2016-17 Teacher of the Year by Aims Community College students.
After passing the Court of Master Sommeliers' Introductory Course Examination, she travels the world looking for a good $10 bottle of wine. She speaks fluent German and crappy French. Now a full-time writer in Colorado, she’s a member of the Northern Colorado Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and a steadfast weekly critique group. She slogs.
She has published dozens of articles for Thirst Colorado, NOCO Style, 5280, The Coloradoan, and The Pint. Her personal essays have appeared in Writer's Digest, Women Writers-Women’s Books, Outpost, Mind+Body, and Regenerate Magazine.
Kristin’s essay, WAR BRIDE, won Honorable Mention for the 2018 New Millennium Writing Awards and was a finalist for the 2019 New Letters’ award in nonfiction. Her first full-length manuscript placed in the Top Ten and was selected as a Judges' Favorite in the 2017 Ink & Insights contest. Her piece, AIR SUPPLY, is included in the award-winning Colorado Book of the Year, RISE! in 2020.
By combining her love of teaching and writing, Kristin’s a frequent workshop instructor, conference presenter, and lecturer. Her high-energy presentations are geared towards motivating new writers to stick with it. She’s represented by literary agent Madelyn Burt at Stonesong in New York and Peel Talent in the UK. You can usually find her on a cruise ship.