Stringing words together and hoping for the best

Hi, I’m Cristina, a writer and a bibliophile. My stories explore subcultures through characters with complex motives. My goal is to help people empathize with each other while telling a rollickin' good tale. Here I share my stories, my writing process, and thoughts on all things literary. Enjoy!

To the Grand Dame of Crime

A love letter to Ruth Rendell

Let's Play!

The intricate dance of work and play in the creative process

The Wayward Mother

Character Study No. 1

Why I Write What I Write

Understanding is the name of my game

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Carnaval, Upstate
By Cristina Hartmann
2019
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Library Girl
By Cristina Hartmann
2019
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Smile for Me
By Cristina Hartmann
2017
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Monsters Under the Bed
By Cristina Hartmann
2015
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The Key
By Cristina Hartmann
2014
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Cat's CradleKurt Vonnegut
Dignity: Seeking Respect in the Back Row AmericaChris Arnade
The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry
The GiverLois Lowry
Asta's BookBarbara Vine
Magic for Beginners: StoriesKelly Link
Bounty: the True Story of the Mutiny on the BountyCaroline Alexander
The End of the AffairGraham Greene
Never Let Me GoKazuo Ishiguro
Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest StatesJames C. Scott