about Kristy

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If you’re looking for the formal AUTHOR BIO, that’s below.

(Just scroll down, y’all!) In it, you’ll find a few smile-making moments highlighted from my author journey and summarized lines of the last 17 years of my life. (Is that it?!) But if you’re looking to get to know the real Kristy, that STORY ROAD is right here.


THE STORY ROAD

I’m a dream-chaser. A story-addict. And a gal who loves Jesus.

Through the wilds of corporate America, the humbling gifts of marriage and motherhood, a college experience that spanned nearly all of those years, our family’s battle with cancer, grief and loss, and a beautiful but raw and real journey with faith — I’ve always loved STORY.

At five years old, this future writer-gal was determined I’d grow up to be an animator. At nine, I’d head off to the library each week to sit on the floor in the aisles, reading animation books and thick volumes of art history. In high school, I was that awkward, self-conscious art student who had no idea what my future dreams were. And in the corporate business world where I spent more than 15 years, I loved teaching. The security of the career I’d built. The traveling, and writing, and creating– and I should have been content with all of it.

Instead… I was restless. I still loved visual stories and I had a dream to tell them for Jesus. There was just one minor problem—I couldn’t draw. Couldn’t sculpt. Couldn’t paint. And if I couldn’t do those things, in my mind, that meant I couldn’t create.


I couldn’t create with my hands, but God made sure my heart would still be full—I’d paint with words.


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It’s the nature of God to surprise us with His plan—there are too many moments I’ve experienced to doubt it. He surprised me when I walked into an advanced level Art History class my first semester in college (by mistake of course), and heart-whispered: “You’re home.”

He surprised me when I walked into a meeting with a leader in a corporate job I’d toiled years to achieve, and gave the direction to simply walk away: Your time here is done.”

He surprised me when I left an ICU room for the last time, heartbroken and fatherless (but never Fatherless), and directed me to James 1:2-4 with: “I want you to be whole.”


If you know me, we’ve probably sat down over coffee and talked about what a risk it is to chase a dream. And when God calls you to STEP OUT in faith and STEP IN to your calling, you’re scared out of your socks… but you do it.

You’re doubt and fear-rocked… but you do it.

You’re saying hello to vulnerability and surrender… but you do it. 

You’re saying good-bye to comfort and security and everything you’ve managed to build up on your own… but you do it.

Because in this one life we get, we can’t afford the price of regret. And that’s what it will be if we let the dream die and the calling pass us by.


If you have a calling on your heart — (that little flicker of a flame to do something for God?) — don’t let the beauty of that dream fall away.


My journey to storytelling with Jesus came along a very different road than the one I’d imagined for myself. And it didn’t come easy.

There were times I wanted to call it quits on the road to publication.

And there were times I doubted it after.

But for every day spent dreaming… for every exhausting, middle-of-the-night writing sprint while the rest of the house was asleep (and thinking of going to work the next day)… for every failed try… for every terrifying moment staring down the beasts of doubt and fear… God’s faithfulness proved true.

So here’s what I hope you find in this About Kristy section:


If we meet over virtual coffee, I want to hear your dream. I’d love to encourage you in it. 

If we meet over social media, I want you to hear Jesus’ story. I’d love to encourage you in Him.

If we meet in a coffee shop, on a conference stage, at a book signing line, in a Bible study classroom or somewhere along your journey to God’s calling for your life… I want to hear YOUR story. It’s why Jesus died and why I’m already praying for you to know it. And it’s why our story actually has little to do with dream-chasing, and everything to do with chasing Jesus. I’d love to encourage you on the story road.


Don’t let the flicker of flame get snuffed out because you weren’t gifted with the tools you think are required to get there. (If you can’t draw either, then find a new way to paint!) Remember that the dream-chase isn’t the WHAT you’re going after… it’s WHO. Just chase Jesus with everything in your heart– and leave the rest of the story road to Him.

You have all my love and cheers, fellow dream-chasers!

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AUTHOR BIO

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KRISTY CAMBRON has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. The Lost Castle (HarperCollins, series debut in 2018) is her fifth novel. Her first Bible studies (DVD + study guides), The Verse Mapping series, will release in 2018.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has 15 years experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She loves storytelling from the stage and travels to teach about the intersection of story roads, faith-following Jesus, and her affection for Bible Verse-Mapping. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

The last and most important thing? Jesus Christ is everything — let her tell you about Him sometime.


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