I’ve been writing and editing in automotive and tech publishing since 2002—before Tesla was even a thing. I wrote quite a bit about electric cars and emerging automotive technology for the New York Times Autos section before it sadly folded at the end of 2014, and I’ve been explaining How Things Work on that site’s Autos channel for years. I’m a weekly contributor to the Popular Science Speed Lab blog, which makes me a happy nerd, and I’ve written a book called Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self (2013), which makes me a happy feminist. I’ve also joined the team at TechCrunch to write about automotive topics.
When I’m immersed in a project I love, whether I’m researching, writing, or editing, I will go to the ends of the internet to find reliable, preferably primary sources of information. I will visit a library or pick up the phone and give a source a call, even in the twenty-first century. Actually, days when I get to interview the people who engineer or create the things I’m writing about are my best days at work. Books and articles, print and online—all the facts are confirmed, even if the explanations involve unicorns.
My editorial and ghostwriting skills lie in fact checking, which means I love working on nonfiction texts and historical fiction. When I edited Juliet Cardinal’s An Irish Volunteer, I happily checked every character and street name spelling in the book in addition to the usual parallel structures and serial commas. I even took a tour of downtown Dublin via Google Street View, which was a fun way to spend a workday. That book spent a few weeks at the top of the Powell’s best-selling independent books list when it was published in the summer of 2015.
I keep up with the latest in automotive news and technology by traveling to conferences like the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, industry events like the Los Angeles Auto Show, and press events like the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s annual Run to the Sun drive. I’m also a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, because sometimes you need to explain how an Atkinson engine works or that women were the earliest EV adopters. And I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
If you’ve got a project that needs solid research and a sense of humor to keep readers reading, maybe we can work together. Email me at khallgeisler [at] gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter—@kristenhg—for the daily triumph and despair of being a freelance writer and editor, plus my deep thoughts on role playing games and soccer matches.
When I’m not separating fact from fiction, or skillfully blending the two for fun and profit, you can find me at the Oregon Humane Society, where I volunteer with the behavior department helping dogs learn to present their best, most adoptable selves. I have managed to adopt only one dog of my own, though somehow I’ve adopted three cats.