Kristina Stanley is the author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series. Her books have garnered the attention of prestigious crime writing organizations in Canada and England. Crime Writers of Canada nominated her first novel for the Unhanged Arthur award. The Crime Writers’ Association nominated her second novel for the Debut Dagger. She is published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
That’s my formal bio out of the way. Now let me tell you something about myself and my writing journey . My passions are writing, sailing, skiing and dogs.
The fall of 2011 gave me another mentoring opportunity. The Crime Writers of Canada mentorship program paired me with Garry Ryan. What an amazing experience to have the president of the CWC work with me on my second novel.
Happiness in 2014 arrived in the form of a nominations.
- Crime Writers of Canada nominated my first novel, Descent, for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Unhanged Arthur for excellence in crime writing.
- The Crime Writers’ Association nominated my second novel, Blaze, for the 2014 Debut Dagger.
- My short story When A Friendship Fails won the Capital Crime Writers 2014 Audrey Jessup.
So now we’re into 2015.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine is publishing When a Friendship Fails in their May 2015 issue.
I have a combined honours in computer mathematics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Unrelated to writing? I believe any university degree teaches how to process a large amount of information quickly, decide what’s important and use it. This skill certainly comes in handy for research. After graduating, I began my career with Bell Northern Research, enabling me to live in Japan and Germany.
Panorama Mountain Village, B.C. was my home for five and half years, where I worked first as the human resources manager and later as the director of human resources, security and guest services. My involvement in the resort’s wildlife management program broadened my knowledge of the wilderness and the animals that live there. Bears, coyotes, moose and cougars make cameo appearances in my books. Living in Panorama helped me find the subject for my novels. I write about Stone Mountain, a fictitious ski resort in the depths of the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia.
Dogs are a big part of my life and mine appear in my novels.