Throwaway Girl has won an "In the Margins" book award in the United States!
Kristine's first young adult novel Throwaway Girl (Dundurn Press) was released in October 2014. It recently won an "In the Margins" book award in the United States. She has just completed her second novel.
Kristine has a special interest in writing as a healing art and offers writing workshops to individuals, schools, community based organizations and other groups. Through her workshops, she offers a safe, gentle approach to writing and wants others to discover how writing can be a useful tool to help heal and grow.
She is the first person in Saskatchewan to be a certified instructor of Journal to the Self, a journaling techniques course developed by world renowned journal therapy pioneer Kathleen Adams. As well, she is currently in the process of becoming a certified journal facilitator from the Center for Journal Therapy in Colorado.
Kristine completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001 and went on to further her studies in the College of Social Work at the University of Regina. She completed a Creative Writing Diploma from Winghill Writing School in Toronto in 2012.
In 2009, she began freelance writing and editing and published dozens of articles for magazines such as Fine Lifestyles, Dogs in Canada, Boomer Generation, Lake Country, Alert, Eagle Feather News, Edmonton’s Child, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon Newsletter.
She also works as an editor for Our Pink Thoughts, a website honouring inspirational Canadian women. Kristine was editor-in-chief to the former publications Boomer Generation and Lake Country. Since the summer of 2011, she has also been an editor for Hear My Heart Books, a publishing company that produces resources for those living in crisis and difficult life circumstances.
She has worked as a Teacher Associate in the school system as well as in community based organizations. She worked as a Project Coordinator at Saskatchewan Foster Families Association for four years. She is also the creator of the quarterly newsletter The Advisor, which is distributed to all foster parents in the province of Saskatchewan.
She is a member of CANSCAIP, the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and the Saskatoon Writers Coop.
In addition to freelance writing, editing and facilitating workshops, Kristine has written two picture books.
As a busy mother of three young children, she is thrilled to be fulfilling her lifelong dreams of writing and encourages and celebrates other women who are following their dreams.
Born and raised in the prairies, Kristine is proud to be from Saskatchewan, a province boasting an incredible writing community and a wealth of talented writers.