Kirsten Joan is an Indie author and owner of Grit Tales. She began writing after reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl at age seven and never stopped. Then a friend turned her on to the movies by Hayao Miyazaki and she found her muse. While working as a trained counselor and college educator, she published non-fictional articles for several online magazines. Yet, Kirsten always yearned to publish fiction.
Then her right hand went numb, which prompted being given a diagnosis of MS in 1999. More challenges arose as spinal surgery in 2016 ignited her MS and the need for a scooter to get around became a reality.
Kirsten started Grit Tales to provide another reading experience, because much fiction is written with disabled characters by authors who are not disabled themselves. Because she has lived the range of going from an invisible to a visible disability, her voice to bring perspective is needed. Having GRIT is a needed aspect of living for those who are and become disabled.
When she is not writing, she awaits the invention of wings to use instead of a mobility device.