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 A GATHERING OF SHADOWS. 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. These include DOOMED QUEENS, THE LOVER’S PATH, and THE BOOK OF GODDESSES. Whether I am writing, illustrating, or designing, I view myself primarily as a storyteller. I am especially fascinated with women’s stories, sacred and profane, and have created books about goddesses as well as queens and courtesans.
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 to include novels, card decks, gift books, iPhone apps, and more. Most recently, I finished revising A GATHERING OF SHADOWS, a novel set in the art world of late Victorian England, and am at work on my second novel, for which I received a residency fellowship at the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts. I’ve workshopped my fiction at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, the Salt Cay Writers Retreat, Backspace Writers Conference, the Historical Novel Society, and was awarded a Poets & Writers mini-grant. 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 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.” My bestselling cards decks include the Goddess Tarot and the Lover’s Path Tarot.
As a visual artist, 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 raise water lilies in my garden. I have a young daughter named Thea and am married to 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.