About Kristen

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.

Roney               life is good

14 responses

  1. My Dad was born and raised in Oregon, and like you moved back after years of absence. I’ve visited him many times, and though it wasn’t where I was raised, there’s nowhere else I would like to be when I retire. It is truly God’s country!

    1. I left Oregon for twenty years I’m back and don’t plan on ever leaving Gods country

  2. I agree! Oregon is a paradise in the summer, and the winters are very mild compared to other parts of the country.

  3. Was Born and raised in Oregon Married moved to Seattle where Hubby is from and moved to Springfield then across the River to Eugene. Have talked with Other People in Ar. that Love Eugene.

  4. Sina, Embers of Hope is set in Eugene. I enjoyed living there, although it was just a year. Luckily it’s just 1.5 hours from here. My other novels are set in fictional towns in Oregon.

  5. I am reading More than Memories right now and was shocked when I read about Redding, Ca. Thats where I live and I work for 911.. So it was funny to hear about how they called 911 in Redding. :) Love it so far. Also really enjoyed Embers of Hope.

  6. Hi Amber – thanks for the note! I like finding those little connections. Another reader asked me if “Ridge City” in More Than Memories was a real small town in Oregon, and it is. Glad you enjoyed the stories. :)

  7. HI Kristen, saw you on the the Creativepenn and came to say hello. Totally shallow – but I was sucked in by the picture of you riding – and the fact you like all the outdoor things as I do! Always nice to meet other writers. Best wishes with your work. x

  8. Hi Ross, thanks for stopping in and saying hello! It’s very easy to love the outdoors here; there’s such an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery. :)

  9. It’s always great to find writers from here in Oregon. I grew up in the very tiny town of Rogue River and now live in Eugene and I always enjoy reading books that are based in Oregon.

  10. Alexandria, that’s such a beautiful area down by Rogue River! I want to explore it more. It’s strange to me that more books aren’t set in Oregon because it’s a gorgeous state and we have a ton of authors here. :)

  11. What amazing journeys you take your readers! I was raised in Coos Bay and travel through Florence to Eugene regularly as well as North of Florence to Newport. Your stories capture the beauty of Oregon and are refreshingly discreet when conveying the depth of romantic encounters between characters. It is a pleasure to read about local cities and towns in your books. Looking forward to your future novels and more local connections. You are a truly gifted writer.

    1. Robin, thanks so much for the kind words! I’ve been getting out to the beach and in the mountains to get inspired for my upcoming works. This is such an awesome place to live.

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