Hello! Moin! Servus! Góðan dag!

I’m Kristyn.

I’m a fiction author, essayist, and blogger with a passion for the intersection of language, cultural history, and literature.

My interests extend from Iron Age Europe through the 19th century. I blog about everything from oral traditions to romantic poetry, but I specialize in Middle High German, Icelandic, and Old English epics. I enjoy looking at these texts through the lens of cultural and linguistic history: how they came to be popular, how the language was used, and what they can tell us today. All of this has helped to inform and inspire my fiction. I enjoy creating settings, plots, and characters that allude to and play off of various literary trends and themes throughout history, allowing them to shape the story in a meaningful way.

I graduated magna cum laude from University of Redlands with a degree in literature, with an emphasis on medieval Germanic epic poems. My critical essay “Swords, Serpents, and Symbolic Imagery: Examining the Sigemund Passage in Beowulf” received departmental honors. I’m currently pursuing my master’s in history and archival studies with an emphasis on the cultural history of medieval and early modern Germanic Europe at Claremont Graduate University.

I frequently feature guest writers and authors on my blog, especially those that write about similar topics. If you’re interested in having an article featured, please contact me here.

I’m represented by Amy Stapp at Wolfson Literary Agency.

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