My name’s Kristena Tunstall. Growing up, there was never a time where my dreams involved wanting to become a writer. I actually wanted to be a nurse. I joined the Army my junior year in high school and joined as a medic (I was told it was just like being one, LOL). However, I found out after watching the movie Saving Private Ryan that I was never cut out to work in the medical field. Yes, I would have worked great with patients as I am an overall nice person. But the whole blood and guts thing, not so much. My husband always says, “And you were a medic.”
Once I got out of the Army I became an administrative assistant. I loved helping people and working on the computer.
After 9/11, I was laid off in a second set of layoffs. This enabled me to be a stay at home mom to our one and only child Mariana (pronounced Mari-e-awe-na). She was diagnosed a year later with severe classic Autism.
Then in July 2008 she contracted E.coli. After two weeks and two days of this bacteria infection ravishing her little body, she passed away on July 16, 2008. (If you’d like to read what happened to our little girl, please click here.)
As a way to help with my grief journey I began to write on a dedication website in honor of our little angel now in heaven. The road that has led me to writing has been long and filled with many hurdles but I can honestly say it is one of the most reward experiences of my life.
A few years ago I decided to attempt writing my first fiction book (ever). I am able to take all the grief and hurt from my life’s journey and implement those emotions into my characters. For me, this came out of no where but has become a true passion of mine. I feel privileged in being able to share my writing with all of you.