Kristina’s childhood was spent taking care of her zoo of stuffed animals while dressing up in fancy clothes for tea parties with her dolls. When she wasn’t playing, you’d probably find her drawing, coloring or engaged in a craft project. Her lively imagination kept her busy and led her to write and illustrate stories from a young age.
She went on to become a teacher but always knew what she really wanted to do - be an illustrator. Having helped struggling readers Kristina brings a unique perspective to writing and illustrating. She understands how children learn and how the images can support young readers while helping them learn about the world around them.
An active member of her chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she has attended many conferences, taken illustration courses and has worked with a mentor. She recently became her region's PAL (Published and Listed) Coordinator to help those who are published get the most out of their membership. She is also the Illustration Critique Coordinator where she provides feedback on artwork and helps facilitate discussions between participants.
Kristina is a PAL member herself and is currently working on her 10th book. Having self-published two books, she has mentored other authors with goals to self-publishing.
Kristina lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her witty husband, two sweet girls and her snuggly pup, Penny. When she is not illustrating you will find her gardening, playing the piano, or crocheting. If you're lucky you might find her singing karaoke with her dad.
Artwork used for the 2022 SCBWI Ohio North Conference Art
Spiros the Soup-Eating Dinosaur chosen for the Story Walk at the Richfield Library, May 2022
Best of Inktober 2021, Day 10 Pick, https://www.xquissive.com/best-of-inktober-2021/
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), People's Choice Award, Ohio North Conference, 2020
Logo Contest Winner, Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 2016
Art Selected for Akron Children's Hospital Art Collection, 1999
The Papas Post - Spiros the Soup Eating Dinosaur
Spiros the Soup-Eating Dinosaur Story Walk
Akron Beacon Journal article about Spiros the Soup-Eating Dinosaur