KRISTEN KITTSCHER is a former middle school English teacher and author of tween mystery The Wig in the Window (Harper Children’s, 2013) which garnered a starred review from School Library Journal and was named to ten Best of the Year lists. The 2014 James Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence and a graduate of Brown University, Kristen frequently presents at schools, libraries, and festivals. She lives with her husband in Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade—the inspiration for her most recent novel, The Tiara on the Terrace. Visit kristenkittscher.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@kkittscher).
This is me at age 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I was born.
Not long thereafter, my family moved. And moved. And moved again — until, by the time I was eighteen, I’d lived in 13 cities and gone to 15 different schools. I wish there were a more exciting reason for the many moves — parents who were circus folk or ex-mobsters in a witness protection program, maybe — but no, they just liked to move for better jobs.
Among the cities I lived in are London, San Francisco, and Dallas—but chances are I lived somewhere near you, too!
I grew used to the moves and making new friends, but during the lonelier times I escaped into the world of books and making up stories — most of which seemed to involve French-speaking cats. I thank Sister Christina, a teacher I had at Holy Cross School near London, England for sparking my love of writing. She’d give us daily prompts and encourage us to make up whatever we’d like.
Here’s one of the first stories I wrote in my “Creative English” journal at age 6. It’s told from the point of view of a falling leaf…
As I grew up, travel, meeting new people, languages, and stories remained important to me. After studying Comparative Literature and film at Brown University, I briefly worked as a story editor in Hollywood, then taught middle school English for several years. Making that job transition was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The only thing more fun than teaching middle-schoolers is writing for them!
In fact, chances are as you read this, I’m writing in my office right now.
Once I grew up, I barely moved at all. Now I live in Pasadena, California, with my husband, Kai, our dog, Mabel, and our crazy cat, Otto.
Otto’s the more enthusiastic reader of the two.
- I love musical instruments, even if I can’t play them well. My husband and I have a drum set, guitars, keyboard, saxophone, and trumpet out in a separate garage. Occasionally we torture our neighbors by playing them.
- I can touch my tongue to my nose.
- Because I lived in England, for much of my childhood I spoke in a British accent.
- I speak German fluently – and much rustier French and Italian.
- I once spent a summer learning to fly a WWII-era plane!
Thanks for stopping by to learn a little more about me. Want to write me a letter or email? I’d love to hear from you.