Hey, there! I'm Kristen Kieffer. A life-long reader and storyteller, I love living life as an author of speculative fiction and creative writing resources. At Well-Storied, I've made it my mission to help writers craft sensational novels and build their very best writing lives.
Current resources include workbooks such as Crafting Incredible Characters & The Pre-Write Project, an expansive archive of writing guides & discussions, a video tutorial course reaching writers how to harness the power of Scrivener, The Well-Storied Podcast, and more.
Encouraging community among writers has also been a passion of mine since launching Well-Storied (formerly She's Novel) in January 2014. I currently run active + engaged communities on Facebook and Twitter. Use the links below to learn more and get involved today:
When not writing for Well-Storied, I can be found working on my upcoming fantasy series, bringing home gigantic library book hauls, listening to true crime podcasts, thrifting, and playing with my rescue dog, Aggie.
My work at Well-Storied has been featured by The Write Life (2016–2019), Scribendi (2019), Reedsy (2019), Writer’s Digest, and beyond. I’ve also created a popular free e-course in partnership with Reedsy Learning and written articles on writing for Jane Friedman, Tomi Adeyemi, WriteOnCon, Mariella Hunt, Kaitlin Hillerich, and Macmillan’s (now retired) publishing resource Pronoun.
Additionally, I’ve been interviewed by the lovely Ines Lozano, Amanda Zieba, Kristen Flowers at About The Author, Victoria L. Fry at Something Delicious, Literative.com, WritersEdit.com, Jenny Bravo, Linda Sienkiewicz, and more.
Let's get to know one another better! Grab a cuppa and settle in. I'm sharing a few fun facts about myself below:
#1: My favorite author is...
V.E. Schwab, though I also love works by Ursula Le Guin, N.K. Jemisin, Diana Gabaldon, Leigh Bardugo, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kristin Cashore…
#2: I'm a huge coffee snob.
Break out the French Press! There’s nothing I love more than a well-crafted cup of joe.
#3: I write medieval fantasy.
I’m currently work on two series, The Books of Maveryn and The Dark Between, both of which take place in the fictional world of Maveryn. All of this has grown from a single scene I dreamed up in May 2012, though the scene itself is too spoiler-y to share.
#4: My author-entrepreneur journey began with She's Novel.
In January 2014, I began blogging at She's Novel as a way to share what I was learning about the craft of writing with other beginners. Two years later, I rebranded the site and Well-Storied was born.
#5: I have a lot of varied interests.
I'm forever fascinated by history, astronomy, psychology and true crime, mythology, nomadic travel, clothing and personal style, financial independence and early retirement (the FIRE method), minimalism, ethical consumption, and sustainability, and more.
#6: I'm an Oxford comma loyalist.
No ambiguity for me. I'm all in for this lil piece o' punctuation.
#7: My taste in music is quite the dichotomy.
You can find me listening to either indie folk or hip-hop + r&b. There is no in-between. Current favorites include Sufjan Stevens, Lord Huron, Raleigh Richie, Gallant, José Gonzáles, and, of course, the Hamilton soundtrack.