received her Bachelor of Arts in German from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Fine Arts in film from American University. Before becoming a writer, she worked various jobs—from an au pair in Vienna, Austria to a professor of screenwriting at American University. Currently she lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her two daughters.
Kristin’s first book, The Best Back Luck I Ever Had, was based on her grandfather’s life growing up in Moundville, Alabama. Her second novel, The Lions of Little Rock, was inspired by her mother’s childhood in Arkansas. The Paper Cowboy was her third novel and included elements from her father’s early life in Downers Grove, Illinois. The Jigsaw Jungle is Kristin’s fourth book and pays tribute to different locations from her own hometown.