Carlene Cross is the author of three nonfiction books, including The Undying West, a narrative history of Montana and Fleeing Fundamentalism, a study of fundamentalist religion in America. The Undying West was chosen as a runner up for the Washington Governor’s Award. Fleeing Fundamentalism was chosen as a Top Book of the Year by Kirkus Review, A Top Book for Fall by the Seattle PI, and an Arts and Media Award Book by the Dallas Morning News.

She holds a degree in religious studies from Big Sky Bible College, as well as a BA in history and an MA in communications history from the University of Washington. She has been a ministerial counselor, a college counselor, and writing instructor at the University of Washington.  She was the Coordinating Producer for the PBS series:  Bill Nye the Science Guy. She writes for The Huffington Post as well as TAPS, LivFun, and the USO’s On Patrol magazines.

Her new book entitled, The Hero’s Journey: A Handbook for Healing, follows her path of forgiveness and acceptance after the death of her son in Afghanistan.  Carlene speaks across the country on the subject of forgiveness.

Carlene lives in Washington DC with her husband Denny Cearns.