Kristian Wilson Colyard (she/they) grew up weird in a one-caution-light town in the Appalachian foothills. She now lives in an old textile city with her husband and their clowder of cats. She collects books, teeth, and rocks, and has strong opinions on ampersands (cool) and the Oxford comma (essential). She hasn’t met a cryptid yet, but she’s a firm believer in Mothman, the Jersey Devil, and the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. She’s also pretty much convinced that her mother is a robot who kept all the neat upgrades for herself.
Once told by a creative writing instructor that she had “mastered the gross-out,” Kristian has been riding high on that compliment ever since. Her graduate thesis, which reconsiders Charlotte and Branwell Brontë’s juvenilia as early works of fantasy fiction, received Clemson University’s Fred W. Shilstone Memorial Award. Her nonfiction has been published at Bustle, Elite Daily, Nameberry, and Tor.com, among other places. Her fiction has been published in Clarkesworld and is forthcoming in Diabolical Plots.
When she’s not writing or reading, you can find Kristian playing Stardew Valley and Dungeons & Dragons, singing showtunes, or watching Frasier (again). Her work is fueled by black coffee, red lipstick, and the urge to be better tomorrow. She’s on Twitter and Instagram @kristianwriting.