I’m Kristyn.

I’m a fiction author, historian, and (painfully casual) blogger with a passion for the intersection of language, cultural history, and literature.

As far as fiction goes, I’m a genre-hopper. I started my writing journey with a comic book about parrots when I was eight, but I didn’t get serious until after I’d finished my bachelor’s degree in 2018. I jumped in head first with every intention of writing myth-inspired fantasy, but I’ve since branched out to focus more on romances, thrillers, and horrors—really, I enjoy writing anything that draws on a long literary tradition in a fresh way, and I love any excuse to slip my personal interests into my stories, from my favorite vacation destinations to my morbid fascination with bogs. My debut romantic comedy, SEVEN RULES FOR BREAKING HEARTS, is slated for a Summer 2023 release with St. Martin’s Press. I’m represented by Amy Stapp at Wolfson Literary Agency.

On the academic side of things, 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 late antiquity and early medieval Germanic Europe. I graduated magna cum laude from University of Redlands with a B.A. in literature, with a specific emphasis in Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic epic literature. I’m currently pursuing my master’s in history and archival studies with a concentration in museum studies at Claremont Graduate University. At present, I’m working on my thesis on the ethical and logistical challenges surrounding the preservation and display of European bog bodies. I’m the chair of the archival committee and a member of the executive board at the Wrightwood Historical Society and Museum.

On a more personal level, I currently live in the San Gabriel mountains with my husband and our pets. I’ve got a blue-fronted amazon parrot named Huntington, whom I bought when I was nineteen with money from working at Burger King. I’m very serious about my love for hand-knit sweaters, artichokes, good beer, and antique books. Aside from writing, I’m a long-time painter (which I’m decent at) and embroiderer (which I suck at).

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