About Me

Originally from Atlanta, Kristen “KJ” Dixon-Barnes was born the youngest daughter of a school teacher and a social worker. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, she began working in the field of one of her many passions-women’s health. Her experiences while taking care of others during their most fragile and vulnerable moments taught her to respect and appreciate the many different paths and perspectives that help to grow, shape and sharpen women.

It wasn’t until she completed her Master’s program in Public Administration from Troy University and began writing policies and procedures for health care agencies and facilities that she started to write fiction.

To family and close friends, it’s no surprise that KJ Dixon began writing The Trouble With Red Lipstick after being inspired by several discussions with women through book clubs, women’s groups and personal friendships. Although it is a work of fiction, its themes surrounding self-love, mother-daughter relationships and self-actualization in the black community are familiar to many.

In her spare time, KJ Dixon actively participates in outreach events sponsored by her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated; hosts Tiny Tales (a book club for children developed to promote and improve children’s literacy rates); conducts events for underserved health care populations; and tries anything else she finds fun and rewarding. She lives in Atlanta with her family and is busy at work on her next novel.

What I’m Enjoying Right Now

Maneater Mary B Morrison and Noire
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas James Patterson
Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
I, Tina Tina Turner
Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
The Racketeer John Grisham
Mistress James Patterson
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
The Lorax Dr. Seuss
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
Darius Jones Mary B. Morrison
The Opposite of Fate Amy Tan
Now You See Her James Patterson
Mama Terry McMillan
The Litigators John Grisham
The Pearl John Steinbeck
Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now Maya Angelou
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Ayana Mathis
The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
Go the F*ck to Sleep Adam Mansbach
Beach Road James Patterson
The Three-Martini Playdate Christie Mellor
Doctor Sleep Stephen King


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