About Kristin Holt

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About Kristin Holt


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About Kristin Holt

Hi! I’m Kristin Holt. Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll share a few things about myself, Kristin Holt. The Author.

(Why ‘author’? I imagine the very well-known celebrity figure also known as Kristin Holt (not the author) might roll her eyes at the possibility someone might confuse me for her. But stranger things have happened.)

I recall the winter of my first grade year, basking in the heat from our fireplace in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dad read aloud Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Mom peeled orange segments for us to enjoy. That was the definitive moment I fell in love with fiction.


Who I’ve Been

My varied past includes:

  • Attending 5 elementary schools, 2 junior highs, 1 high school, and 2 universities
  • Working as an RN in Labor and Delivery and as a Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Delusions of Medical School
  • Piccolo section leader in marching band
  • 7 surgeries (maybe 8…I’ve lost count)
  • Collecting enough fabric, patterns, and notions to fill more space than my card-making paper supplies—and that’s really saying something
  • 30+ years of marriage to one wonderful guy and raising our four children
  • Residence in 7 states (no, not an “Army Brat”)
  • Visiting romantic locales: Costa Rica, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Brussels, and Paris
  • Shedding 70 pounds, working for Weight Watchers of SLC as Receptionist, Leader, and ultimately, Territory Manager


Writing Credentials

Yes, I have a university degree… but not in creative writing. One of the most beautiful things about qualifying to write fiction is that no specific university degree (or other formal training) is required. Novelists maximize individual talents and gifts while achieving the skills by study, observation, and a lot of practice. Writers camps and community college courses often augment critique groups. Yet no matter where a writer begins, the path to published and successful author may be unlike the path of anyone else.

Several years ago, I served as Vice President in my local chapter of RWA. I had the privilege of serving as Chairperson of the Inaugural 2015 SLC Readers Luncheon.

American Historical Romance

I write American Historical Romance because it’s my favorite genre. While in my early thirties, I went through a phase where this niche was all that I thirsted for. About that time, I began toying with the idea of writing a book… and that spark caught fire. Now, my love for the Old West where it intersects with Romance has grown from that early infatuation to a lasting relationship.

USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning

I’m honored and so grateful to loyal readers for “voting” with their purchases as several of my titles achieved bestseller status on Amazon.com. On June 28, 2016, Mail Order Bride Collection: A Timeless Romance Anthology reached #10 on the Bestseller list on Barnes & Noble, overall. One day earlier, this collection reached #19 overall on Amazon’s Kindle (paid) bestseller list. On July 7, 2016, this title debuted on the USA Today Bestseller list at #101. In 2018, Sophia’s Leap-Year Courtship won the RONE Award, Novella Category. In 2019, Unmistakably Yours received a 4.5-starred review from InD’Tale Magazine, their Crowned Heart Award for excellence, and thus this title is a finalist in this year’s RONE Awards.


Books by Kristin Holt

Please see my Books Page, with links to each series and/or category of books. Each title has its own dedicated webpage with details, history, links to Pinterest boards, links to historical articles about elements within the books, and so much more!

Kristin Holt | Books by USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Holt


Nonfiction Articles and Books

I write frequent articles about the nineteenth century American west–every subject of possible interest to readers, amateur historians, authors… as all of these tidbits surfaced while researching for my books. I also blog monthly at Sweet Americana Sweethearts (first Friday of each month) and, in the past, blogged for Romancing the Genres and Sweet Romance Reads where you’ll still find my true-to-history content.

Kristin Holt | Historical Articles by Kristin Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author

Kristin Holt - USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Holt, Contributing Author at Sweet Americana Sweethearts

Kristin Holt - Books by Kristin Holt: Links to Author Kristin Holt's Book Category: Nonfiction Titles.

In 2018, I contributed to a collection of thirty-one Christian Authors’ devotionals: Who I Want to Be: A Devotional Journey Through the Book of Matthew. That first nonfiction publication (other than my numerous historical blog post articles) opened the gateway, I suppose. As a result, I published a special handbook to assist doctor’s offices who treat chronic pain patients. This book accompanies a training I designed, and wow, was it a beautiful morning with that team of professionals.


I love to hear from readers!

I love to hear from readers. Please click on the CONTACT tab and drop me a note. Or find me on Facebook, including lots of fun group interaction between readers and authors of western historical romance (see Social Media section, below).


Happy Reading!

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Find Kristin Holt on Social Media:

Kristin Holt | About Kristin - Facebook Page: Kristin Holt, Sweet Victorian Western Romance
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Kristin Holt | About Kristin - Facebook Group: Pioneer Hearts
Kristin Holt | About Kristin - Facebook Group: Sweet Americana Sweethearts Book Club
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Articles that Explain More of Who I Am and What I Believe

Kristin Holt | Hello My Name is Kristin Holt, Victorian American West

Kristin Holt | My Writing Process, Part 1 of 2

Kristin Holt | Why I Write Sweet Romance

Kristin Holt | #WhyIWriteHistoricals, "Why I Write Historicals"

#WhyIWriteHistoricals / #WhyIReadHistoricals


My first experience (December 2015) with Dellani Oakes‘s Tea Time FUN (blog radio) can be (listened to & seen) reviewed here! And my second round of fun (March 2016) with Dellani, here!


Please see A Christian Writer’s World and Lena Nelson Dooley’s interview of me… many questions about me, and a few about a new release (9-2018).

Link To: Personal Interview on Heart"Wings" blog, with Q&A that shares many of my intimate thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.

An interview published on Heart”Wings”, containing Q&A with many of my intimate and heartfelt thoughts about life, intimacy, marriage, and fiction.

Kristin Holt | Link to Multi-Author Series title: Pleasance's First Love by Kristin Holt: What did Pioneers use for Quilt Batt?

Kristin Holt | Just How Romantic Can Sweet Romance Be?

Kristin Holt | Standing in Defiance of Bigotry #LadiesInDefiance

Kristin Holt | "Oh, the Places I've Gone & The Things I've Seen!"

"The Magic of Time Travel" by Author Kristin Holt

For Writers

See my new page with resources for writers–everything I use, love, and recommend to writer friends. I don’t love it (and know it from first-hand use), it’s not listed. Check back often. I keep my pages constantly updated. This one will be a work in progress for a long while.

Kristin Holt | For Writers, a Page on Kristin Holt's official website

For Writers, a Page on Kristin Holt’s official website

Link to Follow Kristin Holt on BookBub

Click image (link) to follow Kristin Holt on BookBub.

Find my Titles on Amazon:

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Kristin Holt | Amazon UK -- Kristin Holt Search

Kristin Holt | Amazon Canada -- Kristin Holt Search

Kristin Holt | Amazon Australia's Kristin Holt Search.

Find my Titles on Goodreads:

Goodreads: All Titles by USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Holt.

Updated July 2022
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