First, the professional bio– Kristen James has written over twenty books and ranked in the top 100 Bestsellers in Kindle US, UK and Canada, #1 in ten different categories, #1 in Movers & Shakers, and #1 free rankings.
And now, the fun stuff– I was born in a tiny town in western Oregon and lived there until after my high school graduation. (I guess that’s where I get my love of small town settings!) I discovered writing in the 4th grade. My school published one of my short stories, and I realized other people might like to read what I wrote. I saved up and bought my own typewriter, and soon I was tapping out books over summer break. I wrote several “practice” novels and I continued writing though the next ten years. I got married, started a family, moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, back to Portland, Oregon and several other towns before landing in the country by Roseburg, Oregon, almost where I started out. I’ve also been around the western half of the US, parts of Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.
My favorite activities are spending time with my kids and family, writing, reading and anything outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing, berry picking, mushroom picking, cycling, canoeing and exploring. I’m very into “micro adventures” where we explore all over Oregon. Plus we can easily travel I-5 clear up to Canada and down to Mexico.
Here I’m riding my sister’s horse, Tania.
Along with exploring, I love to learn and discover new experiences. I’ve always liked Business and marketing too. It’s a passion in my family. My husband owns Bravado Outdoors, which makes concrete table tennis tables, chess tables, corn hole and foosball. The product line is growing all the time. We knew these were perfect for schools and parks, and we’ve been surprised by the demand from resorts, home owners, restaurants and businesses. You can see them at www.concretetabletennis.com.