Welcome to my site. I am author Kristin Kaldahl. Here you will find information on my books and blogs, my dogs (current and past), and a bit about my life. Be sure to check out the latest news and updates.
News AND UPDATES
IT’S HERE!!! – After years of writing, revising, editing, querying agents and editors, pre-publication design, marketing, and more, ASLAN: RUNNING JOY is officially out in the world!!
I am a jumble of emotions right now, and I’m trying to take this all in. Yet, there’s so much work to be done that I’m struggling to slow down and live it. Every once in a while, a shiver breaks through the hustle, and it crawls up my spine and tingles across my scalp.
I’m a published author. The book is in the hands of the readers.
At this point, all I can do is hope you all enjoy Aslan’s story.
THANK YOU!! – A massive thank you to all that have made this possible. You can find the list on the Acknowledgements page in the book. What’s missing on that page is my launch team, formed after the book’s creation. Thank you to the dedicated members of my launch team. It takes a village to birth a book. It truly does.
AER YOU INTERESTED IN DOG AGILITY? – After reading the book, some readers may want to get involved in the incredible sport of dog agility. You can get started by visiting an agility trial near you and talking to the local competitors. They can tell you the best area agility trainers who then can get you started on your team’s journey.
Remember, it’s a game! Use positive training methods and make it fun for the dog.
FACT OR FICTION – ASLAN: RUNNING JOY is an #ownvoices book, meaning I pulled from my experiences as a teen kidney transplant survivor and adult disabled agility handler and infused them throughout the book. Plus, I gave the personality of the “real” Aslan to the fictional Aslan in the book, and I tossed in some real family stories that are fictionalized to fit the book. So, while the whole book IS fiction, what parts are inspired by fact?
Go my blog section and read my FACT OR FICTION blog and find out for yourself.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? – One of the questions authors get asked is, “What can I do to help?” Authors love this question. While some writers have Patreon pages for financial support, I’d like to go the free route. Here are two easy, cashless things you can do that will go a LONG way toward helping me get established as an author.
- LEAVE A REVIEW – This one is huge. Really huge. Online booksellers like Amazon often look at the number of book reviews when determining what books to promote. PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW. It only has to be a few sentences long. That’s all. Below are a few websites where you can post your review.
- SPREAD THE WORD – Yep. Plain-old word of mouth is still the number one method for getting readers. If you like the book, tell you friends. Post about it on social media. Ask your local library to carry it. Word of mouth is probably the best way for you to become a valued patron of the arts.
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/aslan-kristin-kaldahl/1137785802
I have several events scheduled after the book’s launch, June 1st.
June 25th – 6 to 7 p.m. – Best of Books, 1313 E Danforth Rd, Edmond, OK. If you have any dog training or dog agility questions, bring them. I will be answering training/agility questions during the signing. Unfortunately, all dogs will need to stay home, but humans are welcome.
June 26th – 3 to 4 p.m. – Deer Clan Books, 3905 N College Ave, Bethany, OK. If you have any dog training or dog agility questions, bring them. I will be answering training/agility questions during the signing. Unfortunately, all dogs will need to stay home, but humans are welcome.
(Two podcasts recorded to date. Check back. Dates to be announced.)
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I write novels, but I also blog. My favorite blogging topics are dog agility, dog training, organ transplants, dog care, and more about dogs. You can find my blogs either on this website by clicking Blogor on HubPages(click here.)
What is kristin working on?
ASLAN: RUNNING JOY has been released. I am busy with interviews, blog tours, social media, and all the trapping of marketing a new book.
In between working on ASLAN, I am working on my second novel, FYR. It has been sent to my agent, and will be undergoing a name change. Check back for that!! After my agent is satisfied with our edits, it will go out on submission. Stay tuned for updates.
FYR is a far different genre than ASLAN: RUNNING JOY. I’ve gone from young adult contemporary to young adult fantasy, and yes, both books are about dogs. I’m excited about FYR and look forward to seeing what publishers think.
In addition, I am kicking around a few blog and short story ideas. You never know when a new blog will pop up on my HubPages account.
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