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Belleville Meeting

  • May 07, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
  • VIRTUAL - we will send Zoom link via registered email


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Kristen Marie Peterson


Foster Children: Society's Shame

Born in a small town in Wisconsin, Kirsten demonstrated an extraordinary imagination and knack for storytelling from a young age. She would entertain her brother and dad for hours with her splendid stories of a magical land she lived in and all the antics the eclectic characters experienced. By nature Kirsten was extremely shy, and these stories were her way of experiencing all that life had to offer..the things she was entirely too introverted to try herself.
Although an imaginative child, Kirsten only took pen to paper for school assignments or to write non-fiction reports at home during school vacations. Having moved from WI to FL in her elementary years, Kirsten had many thoughts, dreams, and stories always swirling in her head, but lacked the confidence to share them. Even with several people close to her encouraging her to write them down, she kept her words tucked safely inside her own mind.
Kirsten finally took it upon herself to write a nonfiction magazine article for a local small town publication and realized the enormous sense of satisfaction she got as a distributor of knowledge. A teacher for 25 years, Kirsten retired early to home school her son. Although this was a successful endeavor for her son’s future, Kirsten craved to share her knowledge with more than just one student. It was at this time that her love of storytelling for both fiction and nonfiction was reinvigorated. Now, having worked hard her entire life to shed her shy personality, Kirsten was confident enough to share her work with the community at large. Kirsten wrote another magazine article for a local organization’s blog, and began writing her brother's biography, unfinished as of this writing. Kirsten also has started a yet unfinished series of “how to’ books on topics near and dear to her.
Kirsten is proudly compiling the poems of her beloved brother and is using them to branch into the world of self publication. Kirsten’s anthology of her brother’s poems is a perfect first step into the larger public forum. Russell was a huge fan of Kirsten’s storytelling and would no doubt be honored to be a catalyst for her professional writing and publishing career. Kirsten is also an author of a chapter in a soon to be released compilation book in the series Made to Overcome by Grace and Courage Publishing.
Kirsten currently resides in Illinois with her 5 children and 2 dogs.

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