Kristin Hannah: Biography

Kristin Hannah

25 sep 1960

Kristin Hannah is an American author who was born in California in 1960. She attended law school in Washington and after graduating she practiced as a qualified lawyer in Seattle before she became a full time novelist. Over the course of her career she has written over 20 novels for which she has won many different awards, including a Maggie, the 1996 National Reader’s Choice Award and a Golden Heart Award.

Hannah has cited Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Záfon as an important influence on her writing. She stated that it was the inspiration for her novel Winter Garden in the way that it combined both contemporary and historical stories in the same novel. The dual narrative that Záfon uses in Shadow of the Wind inspired Hannah to write similar parallel narratives. She has also said that some of her favourite authors included Michael Connelly, Alice Hoffman, Stephen King and Harlan Coben and that all of these have had some influence over her own writing.

Kristin Hannah is known for writing dramatic, emotional, tearjerker novels. She has yet to branch out from this genre, but has expressed an interest in perhaps writing something different in the future. Her most successful novel, Firefly Lane, became a popular New York Times bestseller in 2009. It tells the story of two unlikely friends who become completely inseparable over the course of a summer. The novel spans 30 years of the characters’ lives and details the trials and tribulations of their friendship.

Kristin Hannah now lives with her husband and son on Bainbridge Island, Washington.