Kirsten used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes about rocket science — and just about any science — for kids. Kirsten is the author of more than 25 children’s books. In Spring 2020, Calkins Creek will publish her debut picture book, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS, a biography of Emma Lilian Todd, the first woman to successfully design and engineer a working airplane. Illus. by Tracy Subisak. Kirsten lives near Los Angeles with her husband, lhasa-poo, and two curious kids. Her house is filled with LEGOs, laughter, and lots of books!
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Kirsten spent six years at NASA, where she handled public relations for the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs, as well as a number of aviation projects. She also has worked as a nonprofit fundraiser, grant writer, and college instructor.
Faced with the prospect of two school-age children, Kirsten pondered what to do when she grew up. Then she decided not to grow up and write books for children instead. She is the author of more than 25 books for the school and library market. In Spring 2020, Calkins Creek will publish her debut picture book, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS, a biography of Emma Lilian Todd, the first woman to successfully design and engineer a working airplane. Illus. by Tracy Subisak.
Kirsten enjoys yoga, walking her dog, and traveling. She also works on issues of social justice and homelessness in her community and is a Cub Scout den leader.
Kirsten graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in English Language and Literature and History. Her undergraduate thesis on American portraiture in the Early Republic was published in the journal, Essays in History. Her writing also has appeared in The Daily Press (Newport News, Va.), The Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star (Virginia Beach, Va.), The Cavalier Daily (Charlottesville, Va.) and Aviation Illustrated. She is the winner of a Virginia Press Association Award (3rd Place) for a series she co-wrote called, Thomas Jefferson’s Vision of UVa. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Kirsten is represented by Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary.