Kristina Atkins has always been fascinated by three things: people, magic, and language. She combined these loves into one passion: writing immersive fantasy that explores its characters as much as its magic systems.

Diagnosed with bipolar II disorder in 2009, Kristina has become an advocate for mental health awareness. She folds mental health issues into all of her stories, showcasing people with mental illness living ordinary and extraordinary lives.

After earning her BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, Kristina received her MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. She grew up in Charleston, SC, and now lives in Denver, Colorado. When she’s not writing and daydreaming about her stories, she spends her time chasing her three boys (and sometimes catching them!). She has mermaid hair and a deep love for Diet Dr. Pepper.

You can reach her at katkinsauthor@gmail.com.