“Crisp and entertaining…Kris Calvin sets herself apart as a writer to watch.”
—John Lescroart, author of 19 New York Times bestsellers
“With her natural ability to weave an intricate and intriguing storyline, Kris Calvin has established herself as an accomplished and talented addition to the world of murder and suspense.”
—C.J. Anaya, USA Today bestselling and multi-award winning author
Meet Kris Calvin
Kris has been honored for her leadership in advocacy for children by the California Legislature and Governor’s office. Educated at Stanford, UC Berkeley and Palo Alto University in economics and forensics psychology, she served for over 20 years as the CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics, California, a nonprofit dedicated to the health and well being of children. These days, in addition to writing thrillers and mysteries nearly full-time, Kris teaches and occasionally consults in organizational dynamics, strategic planning and nonpartisan advocacy training.
Kris loves mid-century vintage furniture and clothing, and can often be found browsing at thrift shops and yard sales. She’s also an avid sports fan, and (loudly) supports the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors. But Kris’s favorite activity is reading. When she was little, she pledged to read all the books in the children’s section at the public library, starting with authors whose last names began with the letter “Z” since those were on the bottom shelf and easiest for her to reach. Though Kris didn’t succeed in that quest, her life-long love of reading took root, and she still typically finishes several fiction books each week.
A single mom, Kris and her kids live with black cat Nigel, Bernese Mountain Dog puppy Fox, and two orange tabby kittens (brothers!), Eddy and Ellis, rescued from the streets of San Francisco.
Kris Calvin has received Silver Falchion National Literary Awards for Best First Novel, Best Political Thriller and Best Female PI/Sleuth, joining past Silver Falchion awardees that include Sue Grafton, Dean Koontz, John Sanford, Catriona McPherson and Ann Perry. Now in its 14th year, the Silver Falchion award was established by writer, filmmaker and founder of the Killer Nashville writing conference, Clay Stafford, to honor outstanding books from across the world in a variety of genres.
Learn about Kris’s ability to to elevate, strengthen and focus your not-for-profit, government or community-based organization. Note: Kris currently is accepting a limited number of clients since her primary activity these days is writing novels. But if your mission is meaningful and the timing works out Kris would like to help, and will prioritize your project. Learn more.
More About Kris
I’m more of a reader than a writer. I think of myself that way, but it’s also an assertion that’s evidence-based. In sum total, I’ve written one thriller, am writing a second in that series, one traditional mystery, and four short stories. But at two to three novels a week, for at least twenty years, […]
Past Event: Monday, January 18, 2021
Photo is of MLK III and me one summer when Coretta Scott King and the King kids came to visit our family. (My dad played a small role in the early civil rights movement and came to know the King family through that.)
What I’m Reading
…the voice of Stevens never wavers throughout the telling and I could feel his quiet pride at his strengths and his discomfort with his missteps. In that achievement alone, the fact that I felt as though I coexisted, at times, with Stevens’ inner being, makes the novel extraordinary. Read more…
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