About Kristen

Kristen Kiesling is extremely good at one thing. Scaring herself. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where every forest held a mystery, every mound of dirt contained a body, and all roads lead to uncovering fictional truth.

Her YA graphic novel, THE HARROWING, is set for publication in April 2024 with Abrams Amulet, and her YA contemporary manuscript, IF I TELL, won the 2020 SCBWI Sue Alexander Award.

Kristen writes graphic novels, young adult fiction and picture books. She enjoys creating new twists that challenge readers’ beliefs, interpretations, and assumptions–questions she hopes linger long after her words have ended.

She is represented by Dara Hyde of Hill Nadell Literary Agency.

FAQs about me:

Yes! My husband, Chris, and I have two wonderful sons. My older son Andrew is pursuing his passion for math and physics at the University of Michigan. Meanwhile, Noah, my younger son, is nearing the end of high school and eagerly anticipating his senior year.

Nope! While I greatly admire the artistry involved in creating illustrations, I primarily focus on crafting compelling narratives. I am fortunate to collaborate with immensely talented artists such as Rye Hickman, who skillfully bring my written scripts to life through their illustrations in works like The Harrowing.

Katy, Texas, just outside of Houston

No, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a business degree. However, anyone with a genuine passion for writing can succeed in the field. Regardless of your educational background, if you dedicate yourself to honing the craft, persevering through challenges, and learning from rejections, you can fulfill your aspirations as a writer!

Pizza or pretty much anything Italian

Chocolate 100% of the time

Naps. If I am working hard on something and the flow isn’t happening, sometimes I trick myself into pretending the day is starting over. I nap and sometimes even take a second shower when I wake up.

I played college tennis and love water skiing.


I would love to adapt one of my graphic novels to a musical

I would love to be fluent in another language.

Don’t give up. Never underestimate the power of perseverance and resilience. Writing is a beautiful yet demanding art form. There will be moments of self-doubt, rejection, and daunting challenges.

Embrace the fear and uncertainty that comes with putting your work out there. Join critique groups, seek constructive feedback, and be open to learning and growing as a writer. Criticism, although intimidating, can be immensely valuable in shaping your writing and helping you discover your unique voice.

Remember, success rarely comes overnight. Achieving your writing goals takes time, effort, and unwavering determination. Keep writing, even when it feels difficult or when life tries to pull you away from your passion. Set small, achievable milestones for yourself and celebrate each accomplishment.

Stay curious and explore diverse genres and styles. Read voraciously and expose yourself to different perspectives and storytelling techniques. This will broaden your horizons, inspire creativity, and enhance your writing.

Above all, don’t give up. Rejection is an inevitable part of the writing journey, but it doesn’t define your worth as a writer. Keep pushing forward. Believe in yourself and your unique voice, and remember every successful writer started as an aspiring one.

The world is waiting for your stories.

I am eager to deliver more of what you love! I am currently working on many exciting projects spanning adult and children’s literature. Although I cannot disclose specific details at this time, I’m thrilled to share a glimpse of what lies ahead.

Prepare to be enthralled by an adult graphic novel, immersing you in a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. For younger readers, get ready for a thrilling middle-grade graphic novel murder mystery series filled with intriguing puzzles and captivating twists. And for the young adult audience, be prepared to delve into the pages of a contemporary prose novel that tackles compelling themes.

Stay tuned; more information very soon!