Born in Ames, Iowa, Kirsten is the great-granddaughter of Joseph Marvick and granddaughter of Anna Marvick Jacobson.She spent her childhood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where her parents were Lutheran missionaries, and her high school years in Edina, Minnesota.She attended St. Olaf College, where she studied math, English and piano and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Like her great-grandfather, Kirsten has pursued a career in business and currently works on mergers and acquisitions with private equity firms.
Thy Fatherís Will is Kirstenís first novel. Inspired by a letter written by her great-aunt Charlotte, Thy Fatherís Will is a work of fiction based on the final years of Kirstenís great-grandfatherís life.Using family letters, newspapers, probate files and other historical records, Kirsten unearthed real people, pieced together actual events and researched the historical period, and from that skeleton of history, imagined personalities, conversations and interactions.
Kirsten lives with her husband and two dogs on the north shore of Lake Superior, where she is pianist in her Lutheran church and enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing and kayaking.