Kristen P. Wixted


Important, Professional Writerly Facts:

I collect words, keeps them in notebooks, and use them to write the stories in my head. When I'm not reading or writing, I might be gardening, sampling ice cream at local establishments, or working at The Writers' Loft, a writing community in Massachusetts where I am on the board of directors. I live in a hundred-year-old house (with secret hiding places) with my family, a fluffy dog, and a cat named Eliza Doolittle.

  • I'm represented by Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary.

  • I love to collaborate, and am co-editor with my friend Heather Kelly of FRIENDS & ANEMONES: Ocean Poems for Children, and AN ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS: A Children's Poetry Anthology, published by Writers' Loft Press. We had 70 contributors, all Writers' Loft members, some writers, some illustrators, some both. My poem was inpsired by my daughter Becky dropping her new iphone in Boston Harbor. My other daughter Bridget wrote a poem that is included in the book--we love to encourage young writers!

  • I am also the co-writer with Sam Donovan of an upcoming picture book called MISS RITA, MYSTERY READER that will be published by MacMillian/Farrar Straus & Giroux for Young Readers in spring 2022. 

  • This coming year, I will be working behind the scenes on a new teen anthology, because everyone needs a pandemic project, right? More on that soon.

  • Speaking of pandemic projects, Little Book Locker is my biggest and best one so far. It's a non-profit that gets books into the hands of kids who don't have books at home. Check out the website here!

  • For more information about bookstore visits for either anthology, please email me or our marketing manager, Audrey Day-Williams, at WLPressbooks at gmail dot com.

  • During the lockdown, I learned how to bake sourdough bread and macarons. I love my oven (we understand each other) and I love to play with flour.

  • My co-writer Sam Donovan is my nephew. He has a sister named Shea that I love very much too. Their father is my big brother.

  • So my last name used to be Donovan but I changed it to Wixted when I got married because I liked the x. 

  • One of my favorite things to do is write anecdotes about my kids and either post them online or save them up and weave them into my annual, pretty entertaining Christmas card.