the short version
Kris Waldherr is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the acclaimed author of DOOMED QUEENS, THE LOVER’S PATH, and THE BOOK OF GODDESSES, and best-selling creator of The Goddess Tarot. Her upcoming publications include her debut novel THE LILY MAID. Her literary representation is by Amy Williams at McCormick & Williams. She lives in Brooklyn.
the long version (with links)
I’m the author, illustrator and designer of numerous books, the most recent ones being DOOMED QUEENS, THE LOVER’S PATH, and THE BOOK OF GODDESSES. I’ve also created several bestselling cards decks, including the Goddess Tarot and the Lover’s Path Tarot.
I began my publishing career as a children’s book illustrator and designer twenty-five years ago under the renowned art director Atha Tehon. Since then, my work has expanded considerably. I am fascinated with women’s stories, sacred and profane, and have created books about goddesses as well as queens and courtesans. I recently finished revising THE LILY MAID, a novel set in the art world of late Victorian England, and am already writing my second novel. I am a member of the Historical Novel Society, where I moderated a panel at their 2013 conference on the writing and marketing of literary versus commercial historical fiction. More recently, I’ve been awarded a Poets & Writers mini-grant for a reading of my fiction, and a residency fellowship at the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts to work on my second novel.
I have a long-established blog where I post news about my life, publishing, and work. To learn more about my work, you can also sign up for my newsletter.
More about my books: The New Yorker praised DOOMED QUEENS as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” THE BOOK OF GODDESSES was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. THE BOOK OF GODDESSES inspired The Goddess Tarot, which has over 200,000 copies in print, as well as a Grammy-nominated chamber music suite by composer Robert Paterson. My picture book retelling of the Persephone myth, PERSEPHONE AND THE POMEGRANATE, was praised by the New York Times Book Review in a full page review for its “quality of myth and magic.”
Besides all of this, I develop iPhone apps and e-books under my digital publishing imprint, Art and Words Editions. I’ve had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. My art has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and England, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Ruskin Library, where my art was exhibited in the same gallery as Rossetti’s Prosperine. The strangest thing I’ve heard about my work? That the Goddess Tarot was the most shoplifted item at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City.
I live and work in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house surrounded by trees inhabited with squirrels, raccoons, and wild parrots. I have a young daughter named Thea. I like to spend time in coffeehouses with her and my husband, the anthropologist Thomas Ross Miller.
In an ideal world, I would indulge in more café society. I’d also have a palazzo in Venice and wear velvet gowns in November.