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My passions are writing, sailing, skiing and dogs.

I have completed three novels: DescentBurnt and Avalanche. My fourth novel is working its way out of my system and onto the page.

In 2008, I received a certificate from the Humber School For Writers Correspondence Course. Joan Barfoot was my mentor.

In 2010, I attended the HSW Summer Workshop. Mary Gaitskill was my workshop leader. That same summer, I became a member of the Crime Writers of Canada association.

In an effort to improve my writing, I attended the crime writing workshop hosted by Vicky Delany at the Scene of the Crime Mystery Lovers Festival  on Wolfe Island in August 2011.

The fall of 2011 gave me another mentoring opportunity. The Crime Writers of Canada mentorship program paired me with Garry Ryan. What an amazing experience to have the president of the CWC work with me on my third novel.

The learning continued in August 2013 when I attended the writer’s workshop hosted by Barbara Fradkin at The Scene of the Crime Mystery Lovers Festival on Wolfe Island, Kingston Ontario.

Happiness in 2014 arrived in the form of  a nominations. My first novel, Descent, was nominated for the 2014 Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Unhanged Arthur for excellence in crime writing. My second novel, Burnt, was nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association 2014 Debut Dagger, and my short story When A Friendship Fails won the Capital Crime Writers 2014 Audrey Jessup.

Finalist-CWC 2014 KS

I have a combined honours in computer mathematics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Unrelated to writing? I believe any university degree teaches how to process a large amount of information quickly, decide what’s important and use it. This skill certainly comes in handy for research. After graduating, I began my career with Bell Northern Research, enabling me to live in Japan and Germany.

Kristina on cover of 2006 Panorama Mountain Village brochure and trail map.

Kristina on cover of 2006 Panorama Mountain Village brochure and trail map.

Panorama Mountain Village, B.C. was my home for five and half years, where I worked first as the human resources manager and later as the director of human resources, security and guest services. My involvement in the resort’s wildlife management program broadened my knowledge of the wilderness and the animals that live there. Bears, coyotes, moose and cougars make cameo appearances in my books. Living in Panorama helped me find the subject for my novels.  I write about Stone Mountain, a fictitious ski resort in the depths of the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia.

p.55 2010 Fall Issue of Ski Canada Magazine

p.55 2010 Fall Issue of Ski Canada Magazine

Dogs are a big part of my life and mine appear in my novels.



Sisters in Crime Stamp 2012-13

18 responses »

  1. janessa johnston

    Wow,Kristina! This is terrific. I can’t wait to read your novels. Congratulations!!


  2. Janessa, thanks for the positive comments. It’s nice to hear from you.


  3. Hi Kristina!
    Congratulations! We miss you but obviously leaving was a great choice. We can’t wait to read your novels. Keep us posted please.


  4. hi kristina,

    this is elka — i just got back to saigon after a wonderful but much too short holiday on vancouver island. it’s hard to beat a canadian summer (at least when the sun is out).

    thanks for visiting my site and all the best with the HSW agency!



  5. Your neighbours!

    Hi Kristina,

    Haven’t you been busy young lady – can we find these novels in the UK yet?

    Do you need any professional help with your crime plots – we may just know someone who has 29 years experience!!!

    Hope to speak soon

    Best wishes

    Barry & Sarah


  6. Kristina,
    Peter tracked you down. Congrats. I am looking forward to reading your novels. Hello to Mathew.
    Ogenkide, Kathy McG


  7. Hi Kristina,
    Found your site. Keep me posted on your progress with the 3rd book. Can’t wait to read all three!


  8. Craig MacIntosh

    Ms. Kristina, Loved the comments. Where in the Bahamas do you spend your time? I have written two mysteries about a constable in the Out Islands. Mac


  9. Hi Kristina. I have already clicked the “follow” button for your blog. We are sisters of pen and knot. My husband and I have been cruising for three years, and our adventures have run from Maine to Crooked Island in the Bahamas. I write Christian non-fiction and have two blogs I hope you will visit. and I plan to take some time to absorb your guidance about editing, because I am working through my author edit of the first draft of a manuscript. I found your blog when Joan Edwards posted it on her Liebster Award post. I am very glad she did. Fair Winds!


    • Thanks for the follow. It’s nice to hear from a fellow cruiser/writer. I’ll check out your blogs too. I’m an avid reader of Joan’s blog too. Editing for me entails intense concentration, but it’s worth it if it makes the book better. Good luck with your writing and your sailing.


  10. We have been living aboard and sailing for the last four years. I would love to write a story as well but just don’t know where to start.
    I am glad I found someone that actually did it… well done to you


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