Chris Cander is the award-winning author of the novels WHISPER HOLLOW, 11 STORIES, the children’s picture book THE WORD BURGLAR, and the Audible Originals “Eddies” and “Grieving Conversations.” Her latest novel is the USA Today-bestselling THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO, which the New York Times called, “immense, intense and imaginative.”
Like most writers, Chris was first a reader—of books, of course, but also cereal boxes and shampoo bottles and billboards. Her favorite gift as a kid was a dictionary, which she read from cover to cover. After she published her first poem and won a regional creative writing contest, both at age ten, she knew she’d spend her life pursuing happiness via the written word.
For seven years, Chris was a writer-in-residence for Houston-based Writers in the Schools (WITS), which engages children in the pleasure and power of reading and writing. In addition, she serves on the Inprint advisory board and stewards several Little Free Libraries in her community. Chris well knows that the pen is mightier than the sword, but she’s willing to wield one of those, too. A former fitness competitor and model, she currently holds a 4th dan in taekwondo and is a certified ICSU Women’s Defensive Tactics Instructor.
Chris lives with her husband and children in Houston, Texas.
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