Kristi Cramer

Biography

When Kristi isn’t riding her Harley or working her day job, you can find her in front of her computer, hammering out exciting suspense stories, or chatting around on social media.

Although she has honed her writing craft for 30+ years, she only published her first book in 2012. Her strange and varied work history - having held jobs from a hotel housekeeper, a car wash attendant, an insurance underwriter, an electronics assembly line worker, a date entry tech in auto parts warehouse, a blueberry nursery shipping coordinator, a local delivery driver, and a truck driver and owner of her own trucking company - gives her a broad base from which to build her characters and storylines. Now a billing specialist for The Arc of Lane County, she supports those who care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities while she pursues her writing career in earnest.

She got married for the first time at 38, skipped being a mommy and went straight to Grandma. She fully intends to go to her grave having never changed a diaper.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I even completed it. It was a fantasy involving shape-shifters. It wasn't very good. But I was only twelve.
What is your writing process?
I have an inciting scene that comes to mind, not always the opening scene, but usually, and a general idea of where I want the story to go. Then I develop the characters until they tell me what is going to happen next. It is called 'pantzing' - or writing by the seat of my pants, and as a method it has its pros and cons. The pros are that my stories usually have unpredictable twists to them, and I am often amazed that something I just casually threw in at the beginning of the story then ends up playing a part further on. (For instance, the mention of coyotes bothering the herd in Last Second Chance, which leads to a reveal that a rifle is kept in the foreman's cabin - which then turns out to be an important thing to know later in the book.) The cons are that sometimes I write my characters into such a pickle that I get blocked trying to figure out how to get them out of it. But again, I think that makes for a much more interesting read.
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Where to find Kristi Cramer online


Where to buy in print


Series

The Thomas Family Novels
The Thomas Family Novels is a series of standalone novels featuring characters connected to the town of Syracuse, Kansas. Most notably a family of cattle ranchers whose ties to the land go back to the 1880s. Good, old-fashioned cowboys. No anti-heroes and no graphic sex, though there is brief graphic violence and intense, suspenseful situations.

Books

Sherwood Rogue
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 127,800. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
At nineteen, my life was anything but the fantasies of my childhood. I was free, but alone. I was surviving. Until I hiked into the mountains and carelessly challenged the universe to notice me. When a door of white light appeared and compelled me to step through, I did. Into the greatest trials I'd ever face, as an outlaw alongside Robin Hood. I would fight, kill, love...and I would live.
To Make a King
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,710. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Coming of age
Family, Love, Magic. Friends & Enemies. Crowns & Usurpers. Visit Verridian and meet an unforgettable cast of characters in a world you can sink your teeth into. Follow the royal family of Fair Haven, monarchs of The Outlier Islands, as they navigate treachery, intrigue, good magic and evil, to find a message of hope, family, and the power of love to conquer all.
One Last Song (A Thomas Family Novel #3)
Series: The Thomas Family Novels. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,480. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In a bold operation that leaves the tiny town of Syracuse reeling, Kylie and Jax are kidnapped. Getting nabbed for human trafficking would be bad enough, but their captors have an additional agenda.
Last Second Chance (A Thomas Family Novel #2)
Series: The Thomas Family Novels. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,980. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
An ex-con's search for a new start leads to a chance at a life and a love he never expected. But the life he left behind won't stay quietly in his past. Just when Janie Thomas thinks her life is leveling out, two men appear to shake things up.
Last Shot at Justice (A Thomas Family Novel #1)
Series: The Thomas Family Novels. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,360. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Detective Mitzi Reardon just became the prime suspect in a murder she didn’t commit. On the run from enemies and co-workers alike, Mitzi must put her trust in Blue Thomas, an old-school cowboy from Kansas. Against all odds, they must bring the real killer to justice.
Knight Before Dawn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,880. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When kidnap victim Cassandra Reyes meets Alaskan bush pilot Nicolas Knight, she doesn't know if she should trust him, or run like hell.

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