Kris Franklin is a former English teacher whose students sometimes caught him looking out the window. “That was where the stories were,” he says, “out there in the ether.” And it was the lure of those stories which led him out of teaching and into freelance writing: short fiction, plus nonfiction articles about the Colorado outdoors, including skiing, backpacking and technical climbing. He initially wrote for a Colorado newspaper, where a features job morphed into a weekly humor column, all the while working on his first love: longform writing.
Kris’s first novel, Silvercat, was described by one critic as “an edge of the seat thriller by an exciting new talent”. It was followed by The High San Juan, said by a reviewer at Denver’s Rocky Mountain News to be “a terrific suspense novel”, then Relentless, which was optioned for film rights and described by best-selling author Stephen Coonts as “. . . a damn good novel. Franklin can write suspense”. His newest novel, Gravedigger, published by Fountain Blue, a mystery/suspense story set against the backdrop of a mountain climbing expedition, introduces Sionna Magee, a young climbing guide turned deputy sheriff who will be the continuing lead character in a series of novels set in the Colorado high country.
Kris has been a writing instructor for over twenty years, and also operates an editing service specializing in booklength writing projects,and, in his alternate identity as an Old Grammar Grump, he does final galley edits for Fountain Blue. In his time away from the keyboard, Kris is a self-confessed gym rat – a former collegiate athlete in track and field and competitive powerlifter – who’s summited nearly half of Colorado’s Fourteeners and taught climbing courses as an adjunct professor at a small Colorado university. His personal reading favorites are the Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.