Starla Criser-Author

“You don’t have to be like everyone else. It’s okay to be you.” Blossom the cow

2013 Starla-Prof 2Those words, the essence of what they mean, speak to my heart. The words of wisdom come from one of my beloved children’s book characters: Blossom, a spirited cow with a definite mind of her own.

I have done many things in my life and have worked at many different jobs. Being a writer is truly who I am, though. This is where I can let my imagination run free. This is how I can share with the world my love for creating characters, helping them face conflicts in life, and giving them happy endings.

I have been writing since I was a teenager, but have taken it seriously in the last few years, writing under my name, Starla Criser. I have been publishing under another pen name for seventeen years in other genres.

As Starla Criser, my writing focus is on relationship stories about mature adults over age 55. Currently I have one published anthology of such stories, Timeless Love. I am in the process of writing a series of novels, The Not Dead Yet Travel Club, which will revolve around four women friends who travel together and face unexpected changes coming in their lives.

Most recently I have added writing children’s stories to my writing career.  My first such stories are part of the Blossom Series. They include A Family for Blossom and Blossom Sings with Her Friends.

Outside of the writing world, I volunteer in my Kansas community with several senior adult groups. I also make art quilts, mentor other writers, and travel every chance I get.