NEW for Fall 2018:

Introducing The Story Traders Project!

The Story Traders Project is a brand-new writers’ workshop, offered with the support of First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, MD. Check it out!

I’m also offering individual manuscript consulting services! Check them out here.



 Find To Love A Stranger in paperback and e-book formats on Amazon, and in paperback at Barnes and Noble.

Connect with me (and leave a review) on Goodreads!

Book Event: “How Music Inspired a Debut Novel,” Tuesday July 24, 7 pm, Baltimore County Public Library, Cockeysville branch. Readings, piano performance, Q&A, book sales and signing.

Praise for Kris’s debut novel:

“To Love A Stranger is a page-turner, a story that will resonate with the reader for a long time to come.” – Geeta Kothari, author of I Brake For Moose and Other Stories

“Faatz takes her reader into the music in a way that feels genuine and serious, yet never overly technical. Her sentences make me want to listen to Chopin’s third Ballade, to Brahms’ Hungarian Dances.” – Hannah Howard, author of Feast

To Love A Stranger was written with the harmony of humanity in mind. To Love A Stranger is a song.” – Leesa Cross-Smith, author of Whiskey & Ribbons

“It’s the kind of book people don’t write enough anymore, one where you’re just with the people, and there’s nothing to get in between you and them.” – Tom Andes, author

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photo credit: John Waire, 2015

About Me:

Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates) is a fiction writer and musician. Her first novel, To Love A Stranger, was a finalist for the 2016 Schaffner Press Music in Literature Award and was released May 2017 by Blue Moon Publishers (Toronto, ON).

Kris’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Potomac Review, Glassworks, Reed, Bluestem, Luna Station Quarterly, and Digging Through the Fat, among other journals, and has received recognition in competitions run by Glimmer Train, The Woven Tale Press, and NYC Midnight. She has been a contributor at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. In 2018, she served as a preliminary-round judge for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. She currently teaches writers’ workshops with the Baltimore County Public Library system and Writopia Lab DC.

Kris is a no-holds-barred reader with special devotion to Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Pratchett, Richard Adams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Christopher Moore, and Neil Gaiman. She loves hiking and exploring the outdoors, especially if it involves lakes, oceans or streams. She lives in Maryland with her husband Paul and feline contingent Alafair and Templeton.



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