Taking pen to paper to write her first poem at ten, she discovered her passion to weave words, interlace ideas and bring experience into metaphor. From that point on, writing, poetry and storytelling was a part of her life, even if only secretly. There were other pursuits for a young girl growing into a woman – friends, jobs, a career path, moving away from home, and falling in love … alongside it all, she wrote growing and nurturing the writer theat would soon emmerge ...
Being outdoors and exploring new landscapes is a sacred and personal experience for her; a place to regenerate. As often as possible, she spends time hiking in the beautiful, forested parks of Maryland and gets to the Eastern seaside in the Spring and Fall, when there are less crowds.
Holding true to her personal “philosophy of living”, she has given herself two sabatticals from routine life: a three-month trip across the Western United States, and a month in Belize where she spent three weeks learning Rain Forest Healing Techniques and one week on the backpacker’s isle of Caye Caulker. There is a third one in planning, to take place in 2011, that will retrace her adventures in the northern parts of her beloved home state of Michigan.
Her life on the East Coast, and her love of the water, led her to competitive sailboat racing for four years. With a crew of great friends, she learned about teamwork, needing others to succeed, and perseverance. Though she no longer sails, she considers that time of her life as a deeply formative experience in understanding herself, and how the natural world gives and takes, in a most caring way.
Kristina writes because she must, it has never been a choice. What has been a choice was whether to release to to the world. Life, eventually, brought her to the place where becoming a writer in the world was also, no longer a choice.