Kristen Orlando


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.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Swoon Author Kristen Orlando: My Book Journey — Nothing But Gratitude

There were a few life mantras that permeated my childhood and helped to make me the person I am today:1.) Dream big and work hard for what you want.2.) Never fear failure.3.) Always be grateful.Over the last few years, I’ve touched on the first two in my Swoon blogs. So, I wanted to take a moment and write about the … Read More


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Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Swoon Author Kristen Orlando's Editing Update: Learning from Past Experience

Writing my second book You Won't Know I'm Gone was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It’s not quite up there with giving birth (something I did in the middle of editing my second book), but it’s in the team picture, for sure. There were so many factors that made Book 2 so difficult. The book was incredibly … Read More


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Monday, August 27th, 2018

Announcing YOU WON'T SEE ME COMING by Kristen Orlando!

When I first began writing the manuscript that became You Don't Know My Name, I used to sit in my La-Z-Boy® recliner (no, seriously, that’s where I wrote the first book) and dream about it becoming a trilogy. I even had the series name: The Black Angel Chronicles (thank you so much Swoon for incorporating that name!). I had no … Read More


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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 was.). … Read More


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