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Christine grew up in Olympia, Washington, at the center of a perfect triangulation between the big city, forest, and seaside. As a child, she once had a dream about a castle on the coast and a rainbow colored city below it. She immediately drew a map and started coming up with characters to occupy her landscape. She’s pretty much been working on the same story ever since.

The Story went through many iterations, even becoming a sci-fi novel when Christine hit her big Star Wars phase circa 1997. Over the years, The Story grew and morphed, accumulated over forty different opening scenes, and was perpetually unfinished and unchronological. But, it provided steady fodder for years of high school and college art.

At the age of nineteen, Christine visited a friend for a month in Japan. The experience left her with a severe case of wanderlust.

Christine served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 2007-2009. She proselyted in the Provo, Utah mission and led tours at the St. George Temple Visitor’s Center. Serving with companions from Germany, Australia, Mongolia, Mexico and Tonga, inspired a deep appreciation for the power and influence of national, regional, and familial culture. After her mission, she visited a friend in the Bajío of Mexico and had the time of her life.

While Christine served her mission, her sister convinced the rather dashing Nathan Tyler to write to her. This was after several years of her sister trying to set the two up. Nathan wrote Christine (by hand, yes, in the mailbox) for a year and a half. Christine came home from her mission in April, and (after running away to Mexico for a bit) they were married by the end of the year. He proposed under a huge Christmas tree in Seattle and you better believe the rainbow lights made that rock look magical.

In 2010, Christine had a “pregnancy epiphany” and figured if she could make a baby she could make a book (it made sense at the time). This marked the beginning of treating writing as a career instead of a hobby, working daily and alongside other authors. Christine completed the first draft of The Story and began the journey of rewrites and revisions.

While working for the US Navy, Nathan and his family were stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. Both he and Christine were thrilled at the assignment, and relished their time there. Christine started making Youtube videos to share with friends and family back home. She also traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia with her husband and son, making videos along the way, and soaking up all the beauty the world could offer.

After Japan, Christine’s family detached from the Navy and moved to Denver, Colorado, where they currently reside. It’s good to be able to set down some roots, but not good enough to stop them from planning their next big world adventure.

Christine is wrapping up the final edits on The Story and plans to seek agent representation Fall of 2016.


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