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though I tweet sometimes, too:  @kirstincm

and of course I’m on Facebook.

This is not a poem.

It is not late at night.

I am not tired.

I am not tired.

18 Responses to Contact me

  1. Jane Cothron says:

    Hi- I just finished reading the e-galley of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. It’s a fine book and I’ll look forward to seeing it in its fully published glory. If there is still time, though, please have the publisher check and make sure that the call numbers for the radio station are consistent throughout the book. I noticed at least one 90.1 and a 90.3 and I thought I saw an 89.something. Thanks very much for all the work you put into the book. I really enjoyed it.

  2. kirstincm says:

    Hi, Jane–we still have time to fix those things. Thank you so much for the alert! I’m very glad you liked it. The research and work was a joy. : )

  3. joseph boone says:

    Kirsten my writing was meant for you to grow an understanding in the truth of what its like to drink in access, and to see if you have become to understand the value of time.

    In classs you questioned why people liked donnie darko. I figured I’d explain why.

    I am in regret for writing the way I did to you, but I can relate. I am sorry kirsten for being an asshole! No joke, I have been to ISJ 10 times for dehydration. I am open to any question . Sacred geometry and the seed of life made me realize the power of love, power, and wisdom. I truly am sorry, I know my words were to much. As I study the balance, and time I hope that you can forgive my soul~jospeh boone

  4. Judith says:

    While working on our latest project in Graphic Communications (Movie Posters), I ran across this and thought of the wonderful book that we read in your class. I am rather intrigued to see it and the trailer seems to capture what I recall however, images created in my mind while reading the book always differ.
    Bless Me, Ultima (2013)
    Directed by Carl Franklin. With Luke Ganalon, Joseph A. Garcia, Miriam Colon, Benito Martinez. A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

  5. Ash says:

    Just finished reading your latest novel. I really enjoyed it and was wondering if a sequel is in the works?

  6. Colette Huxford says:

    Dear Ms. Cronn-Mills,

    We are pleased to tell you that your book, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, has been named to the 2014-15 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List. In case you are not familiar with the Eliot Rosewater program, allow me to explain.

    The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award was established in 1995 as a high school version of the Young Hoosier Book Award for the state of Indiana. Each year, students, school librarians, public librarians and teachers from Indiana suggest books to the Eliot Rosewater Committee, a component of the Indiana Library Federation. The committee is composed of school librarians, public librarians, teachers, and students. After a list of 75 titles is compiled, members of the committee read the books and meet to choose the 20 to 25 titles that are named to the list.

    Once the list has been chosen, high schools and libraries across Indiana feature those titles for that year. Students are then able to cast a ballot for each book read, ranking the book from 1 to 5, and a winner is chosen. Some past winners include Bruiser and Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. If you would like to discover more and the Eliot Rosewater program, you can check out the website at the following address: .

    We look forward to promoting your book in the state of Indiana next school year. Thank you for writing to help us get teens excited about reading.

    Thank you,
    Colette Huxford
    School Librarian
    Rosie Co-Chair

  7. Orrin Ausen says:

    Dear Kirstin,

    I would like to invite you to speak at the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative’s annual fundraising event. The date is Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Indian Island Winery in Janesville, MN. I have two authors already and hoping you would be the third MN author to form an Author’s Panel. Each author will be interviewed for 20-25 minutes with a Q & A at the end.

    The audiences for this event are librarians from all types of libraries, board trustees of local public libraries, and general public. Last year we had 80 attendees and hope to have more this year.

    I was previously the Director of Library Services at Bethany Lutheran College and as of November 4, 2013 started my new position as Assistant Director for Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative. Our organization has held an annual fundraiser for the last 20+ years and I have been the fundraising chair for the past 7 years.

    We would pay for mileage, ticket cost for your dinner and beverage and a modest stipend. There will also be an opportunity to sell copy(s) of your books. Also would mind donating a copy of one of your books for our silent auction? That would be much appreciated.

    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me. I’ll wait to hear your response. Once we have confirmed your acceptance, I’ll forward a map on how to get to Indian Island Winery and more details on what to speak about. The format may be an panel to talk about specific topics, answer predetermined questions which would be sent ahead of time, or a panel interview.

    If you could please let me know soon if you would consider this it would be much appreciated.

    Thank you and best regards,

    Orrin Ausen
    Assistant Director | 507.625.6169 x27
    TdS Library Cooperative |

  8. The Marksman says:

    Dear Kirsten

    I am writing a paper about your book, a letter to you in fact, and I would like to know your address to make it more realistic. Please email me. Marksman

  9. Arthur says:

    Hopefully you still check this section, but it doesn’t really matter, I guess. My name is Arthur and I read Beautiful Music for Ugly Children last year and I fell in love with it. I can identify with Gabe because I too am FTM, but instead of being a radio host, I’m a writer myself. I know it sounds silly, but one day I’d like to try to adapt your book into a screenplay.

  10. Teresa says:

    I was wondering if Beautiful Music for Ugly Children id available in Ebook format? The book looks wonderful.


    • Kirstin says:

      Hi, Teresa! It’s available as a Kindle book. Or did you mean another format besides Kindle? That’s its only format at the moment.

  11. Lorraine says:

    Thank you. I don’t really know how else I could express this. I picked up Beautiful Music for Ugly Children when my friend gave it to me saved from the discard pile of a library stack. I gunned through the book enthralled, attached and excited. Never outside of the realms of fan fiction had I seen a work created that was as respectful and realistic as your book. I’m still coming down from the high of it all but as a 22 year old Non binary individual, I’m glad to see that there’s hope for so many of my friends. Hope that they too can see themselves in media and find respect. Thank you for that.
    -L.Switzer, newest UCB member

    • Kirstin says:

      Hi, L–you words are an honor. Thanks SO much for taking to the time to write and let me know your thoughts. I’m glad the book was useful for you, and I hope it will be useful to your friends, too. Obviously it needed to be discarded from that library so it could find its way to you. : ) Again, you’re very kind to write me. Be well and take care!

  12. Franco says:

    HI! I just finished reading Beautiful Music For Ugly Children. I am sitting here in awe. I am 47 years old and I am a social worker who happens to be gay. I do mental health therapy and I often get referred teens and adolescents (also adults) who identify as LGBTQ. When I came across your book, I picked up two copies–one for me and one to give to a client who, like Gabe, wishes to transition FTM. I told him that I would read the book as well and we can discuss it at our next session. I meet with him this week and can not wait to discuss the book. It is a beautiful story and seems to hit a lot of nuances that many transgender youth may encounter. I love that you expressed that music has saved your life more than once. I tell my clients this all time about myself. I don’t think I would have made it through high school without The Smiths and The Cure. Thank you again for a great book that I will be recommending to everyone who will listen to me! Peace & Love.

    • kirstincm says:

      Oh goodness–thank you so much for taking time to write! I’m so glad that Gabe resonated with you, and hopefully your client. Thank you so, so much for your kind words. And I still wouldn’t be anywhere without music. It saves my bacon at least once a week. Thank you again, Franco, for taking time to write. Peace and love to you in return.

  13. August says:

    I just finished your book and felt the need to tell you that it was the best book I have read in a long time. It is hard as a ftm individual to relate with characters, and finding this book was so refreshing. I wanted to thank you for your attention to detail when writing the book. You clearly did your homework and it shows. The moment when Gabe’s mom refers to him and Paige as “girls” when talking to them was so spot on, that happens to me on the daily because I have a sister. Also the fact that he shops at Target was super relatable as well. Literally every ftm guy I know shops at Target. One day a friend of mine (who is ftm) and I came to school with the same shirt on because we both shop at Target. I also loved the music portion of it, I love music and although I wouldn’t want to be a radio show host but the music portion made the book that much better. I am so thankful you wrote this book and that my friend lent it to me. Thank you most of all though for the representation in the literary world, lord knows we don’t get any in most other places.

    • kirstincm says:

      August, thank you so much for your comment, and thanks for taking time to write and let me know the book was good for you. I’m glad you feel represented and appreciated–because you are! There will be more representation coming in the future–I feel confident in that–because more and more trans people are putting stories on paper, which is exactly what we need. LOL about the Target stuff. I’m glad I picked the right store for that (I shop at Target, too–who doesnt, right?). Thanks again for writing. : ) Be well, take care, and rock your B side!

  14. Tamara Riva says:

    Dear Kirstin,
    I have a blog and chose to write about ‘Beautiful Music for Ugly Children’ for my newest post. A student recommended the book this past school year. I have since recommended it to parents, friends, and other youth struggling with being transgendered. I would like you to visit my blog and leave a comment if you are willing.

    Thank you,

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