Kris Tualla

Award-Winning Author of Historic Romantic Suspense

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 Kris Tualla, author of historical romance and suspense is a member of Romance Writers of America, Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime. Kris was a guest instructor at the Piper Center for Creative Writing, and co-created

Arizona's only romance-reader event: and its author-focused companions: and Realizing Your Dreams. For more information, visit The Dreams Convention.


"Beyond the Flaw: The Unique Strength of Damaged Heroes"
Have you ever thought about writing a deaf hero? Or a blind one? A paraplegic, or an amputee? Kris Tualla will discuss what the author should—and should not—do when creating a character with a physical disability. Kris also explains why she made her 1700s hero deaf, and how that choice impacted all of the characters in the five-book series built around him.

"The 4 (and-a-half) Paths to Publishing"
Aspiring authors today are faced with deciding how they want their work to be published. In this presentation we will look at the four legitimate paths leading to a successful career as an author—and the one illegitimate path which far too many ignorant authors choose. The information in this presentation is critical for anyone considering a publishing career.​

"Writing Killer Firsts..."

In this interactive presentation we will look at writing first sentences, first paragraphs, and first pages that will hook readers and pull them into your story. In an era where readers can "look inside the book" before buying, authors don't have the luxury of sauntering out of the gate.

"Promotion for the Shy Author"
The best way to promote a book is still word-of-mouth, but authors are seldom taught how to pitch themselves to readers. Add in the fact that many authors are introverts, and the idea of book signings or book fairs causes palpitations. In this training, Kris Tualla walks through the simple steps to catch a prospective reader's attention, without melting into the floor or bursting into flames.

"Interactive Branding Workshop"
In today's crowded market, authors need to stand out in order to be discovered by readers. That discoverability begins with author branding, long before any books are published. In this interactive presentation we'll look at what an effective brand is, and work together to create participants' personal brands.

"Adding Humor to Your Manuscript"
Adding humor makes our characters more real—especially if they tend to be a little sarcastic, ditzy, or too suave for their own good. Chances are, if left to their own devices, an occasional irrelevant comment might just pop out in the middle of a conversation - just like it does in real life. In this presentation Kris Tualla explains why, where, and how to insert touches of humor to liven up manuscripts and bring depth to characters, no matter what genre the author is writing in.