Mission and Vision
Cristen believes that education and action are the best vehicles to honor individuals, build better businesses, strengthen communities, and create experiences that empower the human spirit. She is on a mission to use the written word to connect exceptional people and powerful ideas.
Cristen grew up in a home without a television but with hundreds of books. She has been a lover of words and voracious reader since early childhood. She has self-identified as a writer almost all her life, but it wasn’t until after college that she began to write as a Writer. IDAHOmagazine published her first piece of commercial narrative nonfiction.
She is a developmental and substantive editor, writer, author coach, publisher, advocate, and volunteer. Cristen also serves as the National Chapter Director for the Nonfiction Authors Association and is one of its chapter leaders.
Cristen’s clients include a Grammy Award-winning artist, academics, business people, professional writers, and other advocates. One is a debut novelist who recently signed a six-figure, world rights book deal with HarperCollins.
Her clients are traditionally published, indie published, and aspiring authors who believe, as she does, that well-crafted words–nonfiction and fiction–have the power to transform businesses, communities, and lives. They are people of words and action.
Interests and Pursuits
Cristen is passionate about human rights; entrepreneurship; health and wellness; and medical anthropology, including global health. When not working with words or people, Cristen heads into the wildernesses of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.
Her interests are broad; and her love of the written word, nonfiction and fiction, combined with a business-minded approach to manuscript evaluation allows Cristen to identify and edit marketable work and develop strategies that help authors:
- attract their ideal audience;
- contribute to their causes at exceptional levels;
- establish themselves as educated professionals with high personal and professional standards;
- spread their message by selling more books and services;
- grow their businesses and have upward mobility in the literary world;
- and be positive forces for change.
Education and Professional Background
Cristen graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University with a degree in Anthropology, and her client base reflects her deep respect and appreciation for how people from different cultures see the world and how they can work together to create dynamic, thriving communities. In addition to her American clients, Cristen has clients from (and living in) Canada, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
She has experience with government, nonprofit, and for-profit agencies and organizations. She served on the board of a nonprofit organization and as editor of their bi-monthly newsletter.
Her business background includes risk management, insurance, and investments. She helps clients define their risk tolerance and potential exposures and uses that information combined with her client’s stated goals to develop strategies to minimize risk while working toward the author’s mission and vision.
Cristen is the National Chapter Director of the Nonfiction Authors Association and leader of its Boise chapter. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild and active in the Idaho Association of Professional Editors and Writers. She is also a member of the Idaho Life Coach Association.
She served as an editor-judge for the 2015 Idaho Author Awards and Nonfiction Judge Coordinator and advisory board member in 2016 and as a non-fiction judge for the Idaho Writers Guild’s 2017 writing contest.
Cristen is a columnist for the Idaho Business Review and her work has appeared in IDAHOmagazine.
The New Battleground: Compliance Risk and Bathroom Access for Transgender Workers (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
Dogs in the Workplace: The Risks and Rewards (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
The Downside of Anti-theft Tracking Software (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
Love on the Rocks: The Romance of Climbing (creative nonfiction, IDAHOmagazine)
COMING SOON: Authors and Editors: Understanding the Publishing Industry and Developing Strategic Partnerships (Red Cricket Press)
She luxuriates in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, craves excellent prose, and longs to get to know complicated characters. She’s also an avid reader of nonfiction where her taste leans toward personal and professional development, leadership, social justice, biology and neurology, and many things abstract. She loves braided narratives and authors who can synthesize seemingly disparate information to create compelling stories that challenge how we view our world and experiences in it.
Her favorite authors and essayists include: David Foster Wallace, Annie Dillard, Khaled Hosseini, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Michael Pollan, George Saunders, Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Frans De Waal, Elizabeth Strout, Wiley Cash, Cormac McCarthy, Elizabeth Strout, and Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Simon Sinek.
Cristen is an enthusiastic public speaker who also served as the president of a Toastmasters International club. In addition to teaching workshops, her public speaking experience includes several speech contests, a presentation at Boise’s annual Smart Women, Smart Money event about the importance of balancing fixed and variable investments and co-presenting with epidemiologist Dr. Robert Graff at Idaho Health and Welfare’s 2013 Spring Epidemiology Conference on the topic of evolutionary medicine.
Upcoming Workshops & Speaking Engagements
- Pitching Your Manuscript or Book Proposal: The Wind-up, the Pitch, and the Swing (Idaho Writers Guild Workshop Series, April 8, 2017)
- Intentional Language: Choosing specific words and phrases to help clients articulate ideas rather than slipping into inarticulate jargon (April 12, 2017 at Idaho Editors Association)
- Well, that’s not the way I see it: How point of view and perspective can make or break a story (August 17, 2017 at Boise Library! at Collister 4724 W. State St. Boise, Idaho from 7:00-9:00 p.m.)
- By switching point of view and perspective, an author can change realities and radically alter the narrative. This workshop will help you leverage point of view and perspective to make your stories richer, create mood and tension, and avoid the common mistake of telling rather than showing.
Pacing: Are you going nowhere fast or going around your elbow to get to your thumb? (October 19, 2017 at Boise Library! at Collister 4724 W. State St. Boise, Idaho from 7:00-9:00 p.m.)
- Avoid common “newbie” mistakes such as info dumping, run-on sentences, plot rushing, and stagnant storytelling and character development with the helpful tips offered in this mini writing bootcamp.
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com.