About me, christina kann
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I've always loved to write. The first book I "wrote" was my retelling of my favorite childhood movie, Disney's Pocahontas. In middle school, I produced two issues of a terrible magazine I dubbed The Average Seventh-Grade Girl, which led to me being drafted to write for the Robinson Middle School newspaper, The Medallion. I dabbled with angst-inspired poetry and short stories in high school. I was sixteen when I wrote my first book, Wishes on Airplanes. It was essentially the tale of an overly-romanticized teen pregnancy that has no business being read by any teen anywhere in the world. But you always remember your first.
In college, I started blogging with little direction or motivation. This is also a time when the real world of reading was first in my grasp. In those transformative years in college, I began to become my true self and explore things I was truly passionate about. I immersed myself in science fiction, obsessed with the parallels and predictions I was able to connect to the world around me.
I worked summers as a lifeguard, which gave me the chance to read and write for 50+ hours weekly. (Rest assured these apartment pools were often empty of residents.) After reading two of the most influential books of my life, Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (two admittedly very different books), I drafted my first real novel, The Last Ginger, which is still available for purchase on Kindle.
It was then I realized that I could actually write. I liked it, I had the temperament, and I was good at it. I queried The Last Ginger, and though I had fully missed the dystopia tsunami by the time I had a polished final draft, it was a good exercise in persistence and rejection. I am still endlessly proud of that book, and I hope it can be at the forefront of a dystopia resurgence someday.
Now, I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my boyfriend Sean, our roommate and my close friend Alexis, and our three pets (see photos). I'm lucky enough to work for a wonderful small press, Brandylane Publishers and Belle Isle Books, as publicist and project manager.
Project managing books involves so many steps and moving parts -- despite all my college research into querying and publishing, I had never really grasped the magnitude of the thing. Nowadays I get handed rough drafts and am expected to return a finished, printed, professional, and marketable book. Then when I'm done, as publicist, I have to sell it and help guide new authors through their lives as published authors. It's a challenge and an absolute delight. It helps that all of my coworkers and our authors are amazing people.
In recent years, I've only been writing books. Poetry has never truly spoken to me except through the fog of rare and fleeting bouts of depression, and I typically have far too much to say to attempt a short story. Current writing projects include The World Without You and Aloft, a YA sci-fi and fantasy, and D is for Dragon, a children's ABC book.