Kirsten Joan is a once invisible, now visible disabled individual, who writes to normalize disability through inclusive storytelling.
Kirsten began writing after reading
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl at age seven
and never stopped.
After watching all the movies by Hayao Miyazaki and reading every novel by Laini Taylor,
she found her inspiration to get published.
In her previous career, working as a trained counselor and college educator, she published nonfiction articles in four online magazines from 2009-2011.
Yet, she always yearned to share her children’s fiction.
Then in 1999, her right hand went numb, which prompted a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Now some twenty plus years later, she balances her health and sometimes the need for a scooter or wheelchair to get around is a reality.
She noticed that much of children's fiction with disabled characters
was written by authors who were not disabled themselves,
so the brand, GRITtales was born.
When she is not writing,
she awaits the invention of a pair of wings
as a mobility device, just like the flying fish in the GRITtales logo.