Kristen Granata

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Kristen Granata was born in Brooklyn, New York. She moved to Staten Island with her family, and lived there for twenty years where she attained a BA in Education. Kristen's debut novel, Collision, was published in March 2018; the sequel, Avoidance, was published in August 2018. She is currently working on a third novel. Kristen is a teacher living in New Jersey with her wife and two step-daughters.



BY Kristen Granata • POSTED ON March 12, 2018

In Granata’s romance, the aftermath of a devastating accident unites two longtime acquaintances struggling with loss.

Life was never easy for Merritt Adams. Her mother abandoned the family without a word of explanation, leaving her to care for her despondent father. He later struggled with mental illness for several years until he took his life. The night of her father’s funeral, Merritt gets drunk and crashes her car, and the intervention of a stranger saves her from a fiery death. Unable to continue her studies while she recovers from her injuries, Merritt drops out of college and moves in with her best friend, Shelly. The last person she expects to offer help is Chase Brooks. Merritt and Shelly grew up with Chase, and after high school, he left Staten Island to pursue a music career in California. Two years later, he’s back to help his family and his terminally ill father. A friendship develops between the gregarious Chase and the more reserved Merritt, and his family warmly welcomes her. As their relationship turns romantic, Chase’s family experiences a crisis that threatens to expose a secret about the night of Merritt’s accident. Granata’s debut is a sensitive, finely observed study of heartache and the ability of love to heal trauma. While the subject is serious, the pace doesn’t dawdle in this well-developed, believable romance. And the mystery surrounding Merritt’s mother’s decision to abandon her family emerges as an intriguing subplot and fodder for a sequel. While Granata’s storytelling is solid, the narrative could use additional editing (X-Men character Jean Grey is referred to as “Gene Grey”).

An engaging, emotionally resonant story of resurfacing after deep grief.

Pub Date: March 12, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-980590-42-2

Page count: 230pp

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: July 10, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2018

Awards, Press & Interests


Staten Island, New York

Favorite author

John Grisham; Jamie McGuire; Abbi Glines

Favorite book

The Odyssey; The Partner; Fahrenheit 451

Day job

2nd Grade Teacher

Favorite word

Horrendous; flabbergasted

Unexpected skill or talent

Making any situation completely awkward; clumsiness; drawing

Passion in life

Writing; helping people

BookLife Prize, 2018



After the shocking return of her mother, Merritt Adams is faced with emotions that she had buried deep inside of herself for almost a decade. While the love of her life is busy fulfilling his dreams, Merritt is left to her own devices. Searching for solace in all the wrong places, her avoidant behaviors spiral out of control. If she doesn’t learn how to take responsibility for her actions, she could end up on rock bottom – alone. T.J. Cutler is an MMA fighter who knows all too well what happens when one tries to run away from his problems. He may be the only person who can get through to Merritt, having lived through his own nightmarish childhood. T.J. can teach Merritt how to fight against her demons, but she needs to prove that she is committed to following his rules. Life is full of choices, and Merritt needs to start making the right ones. It could mean the difference between life and death.
Published: Aug. 1, 2018
ISBN: 978-1983326714