Kristan Cannon

Biography

Kristan is a hybrid author with writing credits including novels (most recently After Oil, KCEditions), novellas, numerous short stories as well as two blogs (Kristan's Desk, HER WAY).

Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and educated in North Bay and Toronto, Kristan has been writing since the age of thirteen under the pen names Selena Grey and Meredith Hayes. In 2014 she dropped the pen names in time to release the Special "Anime North" Edition of After Oil and re-launch her writing blog.

Kristan is a staunch supporter of literacy, reading and young writer's programs (Member of the Ambassador Program for NaNoWriMo, supporter of a few local and online libraries) and holds a current membership with The Indie Writer's Network.

She moved around frequently when she was younger and considers most of Northern Ontario her "home town" as she has lived near Kirkland Lake, and in North Bay, Timmins, Algoma Mills, Elliot Lake and Sudbury before moving to Toronto to continue her education in Business and Commerce. She currently works as a freelance writer, artist, and voice actress during the evening and an insurance broker during the day.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, although I barely remember the details of either of the plot or the characters. I think I was nine years old when I wrote it but I definitely can't say it was something worth standing beside anything by the top authors. However, it did spark something that would set off the writing fire within. That one story saw the creation of other stories and each one progressively improved.
What is your writing process?
I always start with a very vacuous and vague idea, or for some reason this 'stranger' that will become either a main character or a major supporting character will 'insist' I write their story. I should point out that these characters don't actually exist -- my stories and books always stem from the characters which means the idea itself revolves around someone... and the story then grows from there.

It usually comes at me by way of this character introducing themselves with little more than a name, occupation, gender and very quick history of what brought them to the point they are now. Sometimes... I end up with more than one profile and the link between these people is what drives the story.

After that idea pops it's up to me to research, very carefully, their exact life story and the circumstances they found themselves in... and then what they would realistically do -- depending on the situation -- to resolve it. It's at this point I sound like a crazy lady talking to myself or to someone not really there, and then taking notes on that. The people don't exist -- and obviously I don't really *see* people unless I've based these characters off of real people I might actually know (usually with their knowledge) but I'm much like a method actor... I guess that would make me a method writer... I have to feel it somehow. I have to get inside, get involved.
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Where to find Kristan Cannon online


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Series

The Rangers of Walden
When civilization fell in the middle of the most brutal winter on record in Northern Ontario it left the survivors to pick up the pieces. Some refused to let it go without a fight. These few are the Rangers of Walden.

Ashes in Winter

Price: $1.99 USD.

The Last Iron Horse

Price: $2.99 USD.

Between Silence and Fire

Price: $2.99 USD.

Ghostwalker

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Ghostwalker
Series: The Rangers of Walden. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,790. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 2, 2017 by KCEditions. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Derek Moss is alone and far behind the enemy lines controlled by Colonel Harnet. While he's not lost--it's hard to be lost when he's managed to find his own, if old, backyard in Garson itself--he finds himself cut off from the Rangers of Walden and without allies as his own have presumed him dead. But he knows one thing Harnet doesn't... and that's how to win even when the odds are against him.
Between Silence and Fire
Series: The Rangers of Walden. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,290. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 2, 2017 by KCEditions. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Western
Four years ago Derek Moss formed the Rangers of Walden to protect the last spark of civilization from those who would see it all vanish into dust. Now, Colonel Harnet has encroached into the borders. He has one aim on his mind--taking the last barrier between him and total control over the whole Region.
The Last Iron Horse
Series: The Rangers of Walden. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,690. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 2, 2017 by KCEditions. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Western
Their biggest test is hurtling towards them ... ... On steel rails. ​With the corrupt Colonel to their east, and the slavers to their west, determined to both call Walden’s rich resources their own Derek, Sheridan, and Garrett have to act quickly to make sure their home isn’t the next to fall to the pressures from outside… and within.
Ashes in Winter
Series: The Rangers of Walden. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 112,240. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 2, 2017 by KCEditions. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Western
(5.00 from 1 review)
The residents of the small town of Whitefish are no strangers to snow. Used to being forgotten and having to dig their own way out, no one thought anything of it during one of the coldest winters on record when help just never came. But as fuel runs out and raiders press in on all sides, Derek, Sheridan, and Garrett it's not just the snow they need to dig their way out of...

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Smashwords book reviews by Kristan Cannon

  • Zombie Crusade Snapshot: Ontario on Sep. 22, 2014

    It pretty good but some of the geography is off. The biggest and most glaring error is placing Manitoulin Island on Lake Superior... it's not on that Great Lake -- it's actually on Lake Huron. Other than that it was a really fun read.