By day, I am a harried, Diet Mountain Dew-jazzed manager at an international software company, but in the wee hours of the morning, I write young adult novels.

Some people think that 3 AM is the middle of the night, but that's when my day begins. I'm creative. The cat is awake, and the house is quiet. Stories flow.

I've been writing since elementary school. I try to write every day, and I usually make it. By now it's just something I have to do, like showering before heading off to work.

My husband and I live in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to the very large Maine Coon Cat, we have goats and three giant dogs.

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A few things I love:

Binge-watching TV series on Netflix

Cats (and dogs)

Vampires and zombies

Ford Mustangs

Star Trek (original)




Office supplies

Additional Author Interviews

Alumna's Double Life Is One for the Books - June, 2017

How Novel! Straddling the Worlds of Technical & Creative Writing - December, 2016

Huntsville software company manager leads a second life as award-winning YA novelist - July 22, 2016, Carla Jean Witley at

Interview with Author Khristina Chess - August, 2015 on Reading for Fun

Interview: Khristina Chess, Author of STRAIGHT A's, Hollow Beauty, and Drive to June - June, 2015 on i read indie