I’m presenting this bio in the third person, the way I wrote it last year when asked to produce a one-page bio for professional appearances and publications. This way you can copy and paste it if you ever need to introduce me for any reason.
A Pacific Northwest native, Kristine M. Smith transformed her copywriting business from a struggling start-up to a going concern in near-record time. Prior to launching her own copywriting business, Kris served as a fledgling copywriter for a local on-hold script production company, where she won Employee of the Quarter the last two quarters she worked there.
Kris’s freelance writing career was launched by actor DeForest Kelley more than forty years ago. It was Kelley and his wife Carolyn who encouraged Kris to try Hollywood on for size, which she did from 1989 to 2003. Kris served as Mr. Kelley’s personal assistant and caregiver during the final months of his life and presented heartfelt sentiments about her mentor at Paramount Studios’ memorial service for him in 1999. She has written two books about him: DeForest Kelley: A Harvest of Memories (2001, now out of print) and The Enduring Legacy of DeForest Kelley: Actor, Healer, Friend. An enhanced version of Harvest of Memories will debut during Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016.
In Hollywood, Kris served as an administrative assistant and secretarial floater to writers, producers and—later—information technology professionals at various studios. Most of her Hollywood career was spent at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank where she served as an executive secretary for the VP of Software Development and as a Hardware Lease Administrator. Kris’s most notable creative endeavor at Warner Bros. was writing the copy for an intranet website to help newly-arrived secretaries learn the ins and outs of serving on the WB campus in record time. The website earned her a monetary reward and the coveted (don’t laugh!) Carrot Award (Bugs Bunny runs da joint, ya know!); the accompanying Certification of Appreciation was co-signed by the head of the Human Resources Department and her boss.
The author of seven books, Kris’s sixth title, Serval Son: Spots and Stripes Forever (You are responsible for all you tame)—a cautionary true story about what it’s like to own, and be owned by, a wild cat for seventeen years—reached the #2 and #4 spots at Amazon in two niche categories when it debuted in September 2011.
Kris’s newest title, Settle for Best: Satisfy the Winner You Were Born to Be, is a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the twenty commonalities of millionaire philanthropists as discerned by Napoleon Hill in his seminal 20th century work, Think and Grow Rich. Each chapter contains words of encouragement and instructions to entrepreneurs and anyone else who wants to leave a business, personal, or family legacy that will resonate for generations to come. Settle for Best stood at #1 in the Motivational Self-Help category at Amazon for three days when it debuted.
Word Whisperer Kristine M. Smith is an exemplary provider of top-quality web copy and web content services for entrepreneurs and owners of small and medium-size businesses.