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Kristin Janz

Twenty-Seven Images of Retribution, fiction, Issue 30, March 1, 2015

Kristin Janz was born in Vancouver, Canada, but moved to Nova Scotia at the age of 7. After crossing the continent a couple more times, never stopping in the middle, she decided she liked the eastern edge best. For now. She lives near Boston with her husband, author Donald S. Crankshaw.

Kristin attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2008. Her fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and journals, including Prairie FireCrowded Magazine, and On Spec, and was reprinted in ChiZine Publications' Imaginarium 2012 anthology (The Best Canadian Speculative Writing). 

She has a tendency to take up too many hobbies, resulting in not nearly enough time spent writing.  Lately, she's been excited about gardening, cooking, old school cocktails, and crochet. You can read about all these interests--and, occasionally, about her fiction--at

Get to know Kristin...

Birthdate? Sometime in 1974.

When did you start writing? I think I was 12 or 13.

When and what and where did you first get published? "Veritas Nos Liberabit" in Futurismic, in 2008.

What themes do you like to write about? Many of my characters feel that they don't fit in, or they're not sure who they're supposed to be or what they should be doing.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The Lord of the Rings made a huge impression, and I haven't been able to stop writing about elves. I was always fascinated by the idea of a human high king ruling over other intelligent peoples in The Chronicles of Narnia, and love to imagine new ways for that to go horribly wrong. I keep going back to George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series as a textbook example of how to approach such a long and complicated story without boring or confusing your readers. I might not kill quite so many people in my own work. Lucy Maud Montgomery's Emily of New Moon trilogy was the series that convinced me I wanted to be a writer, so strongly did I identify with Montgomery's brooding, unpopular teenage heroine and her literary aspirations. Other influential works (mostly books I read when I was quite young) include the novels of Lloyd Alexander and Susan Cooper, Mary Stewart's Arthurian series, Colleen McCullough's books about ancient Rome, and Tad Williams's Memory, Sorrow & Thorn trilogy.

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