On Becoming Political

The disorder peculiar to my country (the United States) is its citizens’ inability to care about anything but themselves. I blame this on the Christian principles of “aspir[ing] to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs […] so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).…

On Becoming a Bride, or Everything NOT to Ask Queer Couples Getting Married

The identities of the individuals discussed have been disguised in order to protect their businesses. My then wife-to-be and I were sitting in side-by-side styling chairs at the salon for our trial hair and makeup session for our wedding day. The makeup artist had just introduced herself, and although I had told the salon over…

On Becoming the Only Queer in the Family

“It hurt. It hurt like hell. But it didn’t matter, if no one knew.” — Nella Larsen, Passing

On Becoming Me (An Intro)

“The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering.I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”–Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, 52 I already know I’ll regret setting all down in writing, attached to my face…


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About Me

Hi! I’m Kristen. I began writing at age eight when my third grade teacher promised to turn any story we wrote into a “real book.” She may have only laminated the pages and bound it with a plastic spine, but I couldn’t get over the feeling of holding my very own book in my hands. Ever since then, I’ve been writing and plotting novels, but I failed to complete one until the spring of 2018, when I sat down to take another crack at a story that had puzzled me since 2011 and wrote 80 pages in a single weekend. That story became DEATH RATTLE, my first novel. I’ve hardly stopped writing since.

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