Local bestselling author calls her career ‘accidental’

Kristina McMorris' books are available at all major bookstores and digital platforms

Kristina McMorris is a local author (KOIN)

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (KOIN) — If you’ve been to a bookstore lately, you’ve probably seen Kristina McMorris’ books front and center in the fiction section.

She’s written 4 books so far and is working on a fifth in her Happy Valley home.

Some of Kristina McMorris' books, May, 2016 (KOIN)
Some of Kristina McMorris’ books, May, 2016 (KOIN)

The author of “The Edge of Lost,” “The Pieces We Keep” and “Bridge of Scarlet Leaves” said she started writing later in life, after a career in public relations. She wrote her first book, “Letters from Home,” at age 30. She was inspired by her grandparents.

“She ended up sharing her love story about she and my grandfather, and how they’d fallen in love through letters during World War II, and then she shared the letters, and I thought, wow, this would make a really great movie but instead I wrote it as a novel,” she says.

The book went on to be a number one best seller on Amazon. Her grandmother though, didn’t seem fazed by the attention.

“Lived through great depression, lived through world wars, not a lot rattles them,” McMorris says. “Her answer was always, that’s so nice, dear.”

Some of McMorris’ other books ended up on the bestseller lists of the New York Times and USA Today. McMorris still gets a kick out of seeing her books on store shelves.

Kristina McMorris in her Happy Valley home, May, 2016 (KOIN)
Kristina McMorris in her Happy Valley home, May, 2016 (KOIN)

“The fact that I’m an author today shows me that anyone who wakes up and says they want to write a book — if I can do it, so can you and I really mean that, because I’m an accidental author.”

Success runs in McMorris’ family. Her father is Junki Yoshida, the man behind Mr. Yoshida’s Marinade and Cooking Sauces.

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