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. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, anthropologist Thomas Ross Miller, and their young daughter.
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 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 over twenty years ago at Dial Books for Young Readers under the great art director Atha Tehon. Since then, my work has expanded considerably. I am fascinated with women’s stories, sacred and profane. I’ve created books about goddesses as well as queens and courtesans. I recently finished writing THE LILY MAID, a novel about muses set in the art world of late Victorian England, and am already at work on my second novel. I am a member of the Historical Novel Society and will be presenting on a panel at their 2013 conference. I have workshopped my fiction at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, the Historical Novel Society Conference, and the Backspace Writers Conference, for which the opening pages and synopsis of THE LILY MAID was honored with a full scholarship.
I have a long-established blog where I post news about my life, publishing, and work on a regular basis. To learn more about my work, you can also sign up for my free bimonthly newsletter. It offers extra news about my new publications as well as subscriber-only giveaways and offers.
More about my books: The New Yorker praised DOOMED QUEENS as “utterly satisfying.” My design for DOOMED QUEENS won first place at the New York Book Show. 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 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 ever heard about my work? That the Goddess Tarot was the most shoplifted item at the Union Square Barnes & Noble.
I live and work in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house surrounded by trees and squirrels. I have a young daughter named Thea. I like to spend time in coffeehouses with her and my husband, the anthropologist Thomas Ross Miller. My literary representation is by Amy Williams of McCormack & Williams. 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.