Cover reveal: My Dear Hamilton

Posted on Aug 9, 2017 in friends + colleagues, NEWS + MUSE, novels + fiction, retail therapy

I’ve been away at the writer’s paradise known as the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. (More about that later!) But in the meantime, I’ve got the scuttlebutt on the book cover for Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s new novel My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.

My Dear Hamilton cover reveal

My Dear Hamilton comes from the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter. It’s the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

My Dear Hamilton will be published on 4.13.2018, but it’s already available for pre-order:

Amazon | B&N |GooglePlay |iBooks | Kobo

Congrats, Stephanie and Laura—it’s a gorgeous cover! All I can say is work! (And Peggy.)



Spine Magazine interview avec moi!

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in creativity, muse, NEWS + MUSE, novels + fiction, queens + princesses

too many books are never enough

Too many books are never enough.

I’m still in “just finished up loads of work” mode, which apparently involves drinking lots of espresso smoothies and reorganizing my home before the caffeine high becomes a caffeine crash. In the meantime, want to know more about my intuitive creative process for my books? You’re in luck: Spine Magazine’s Hiba Tahir interviewed me earlier this summer.

Here’s how the interview begins:

Mothering a daughter taught author Kris Waldherr just how ubiquitous one particularly popular storybook character— the elegant princess— can be.

“I was confronted by how impossible it is to avoid the marketing of princess clothing, toys, and films,” said Waldherr.  “From there, I began researching the historical realities of what it was really like to be young, royal, and unmarried. Turned out it was kind of awful for the most part despite the fabulous gowns and tiaras.”

Go forth and read the rest here.

Lily season!

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 in muse, NEWS + MUSE, stuff I like, the world around me

Welcome to a corner of the Blue House garden!

A week later after I’d posted the first lily of the season, the remainder of my lilies are in bloom. Their scent is intoxicating and deeply addictive. All I want to do is sit outside near them, especially since their blooms won’t last forever.

Luckily, I can indulge this desire most days, weather permitting—one of the many benefits of life as a self-employed author. So here I am, outside on my laptop in my garden, coffee at hand with lilies in view. Ahhhhh!

Casablanca lily up close. Beyond beautiful.

Some lovely pink power Oriental lilies grown in a pot.

A straggler peeking up from behind grape vines and sage. (Hello, I see you!)