Kristen Orlando

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Bio

Kristen Orlando attended Kenyon College and graduated with a B.A. in English. She also briefly studied writing at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter in England. As a television journalist, Kristen won an Associated Press award and garnered two Emmy nominations. As a Senior Creative Writer & Content Manager for a marketing and advertising agency, Kristen loves coming up with the next big idea for Fortune 500 brands. You Don't Know My Name is her debut novel.

Favorite Books

So many! Love a ton of YA: The Hunger Games, We Were Liars, The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, If I Fall, Summer Sisters. Love anything that Gillian Flynn has ever written and I'm also a huge fan of memoirs and non-fiction. Total and proud bookworm.

Favorite Quotes

"Never be satisfied with success and never fear failure." That's something my dad told me once and it's become a quote I live by. Take chances. Push for more. Challenge yourself always.

Kristen Orlando's Manuscripts

Most Recent Blog Posts

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Swoon Author Kristen Orlando: A Coffee Date and Some Writing Advice

When I was writing the novel that became You Don't Know My Name, I did it in secret. I could count on one hand the number of people who knew I was writing a book, let alone knew I had posted my manuscript on Swoon Reads (I even had a pseudonym on the website! Sophia Kelley I believe it ... Read More

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Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Swoon Author Kristen Orlando: Writing Is Hard, But Editing Is Harder

Resilience. Some people are just born with that bounce-back-from-anything-all-is-good-with-the-world-no-big-deal attitude. But some of us (*cough* me) are forced to push away that knee-jerk reaction to come unglued, dig down deep and find it. Resilience can be a superpower. And I found mine in the middle of the night in Palermo, Sicily. I was 20 years old and studying abroad at ... Read More

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Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Swoon Author Kristen Orlando: The Sophomore Slump Is Real

In college, the “Sophomore Slump” for me was very real. My freshman year at Kenyon College was so thrilling. Newfound freedom, exhilarating classes, and budding friendships kept me busy and excited the entire year. But during my sophomore year—by the time the colorful leaves fell upon Middle Path and the long, gray days of winter rolled into Gambier, Ohio ... Read More

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Swoon Author Kristen Orlando's Editing Update: The Darling-Killing Is Worth It

When I was editing the first book in the Black Angel Chronicles series, I was prepared to “kill my darlings.” A rewrite had gone way too long and I needed to cut about 20,000 words to tighten up the plot. It was hard cutting sentences, paragraphs and even whole scenes that I had polished and shined and loved.  But ... Read More

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Friday, June 30th, 2017

Announcing YOU WON'T KNOW I'M GONE by Kristen Orlando!

2017 has been both an insanely hectic and wonderful year for me! You Don't Know My Name hit store shelves in January, I had a baby (an adorable little girl named Samantha Rose) at the end of February, I did final edits for the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles series in March and April (Thanks to the ... Read More

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