Portrait - Chrysteen Braun, Author

In the finishing process, the first in my new series….

When seven 1920 era cabins in Lake Arrowhead, California are restored to their original vintage charm, the new owner has no idea that the cabins have their own stories to tell.

The Man in Cabin Number Five, is about an unsolved murder/suicide, a daughter who fifty years after her father dies learns it wasn’t from natural causes, and the woman who purchased the cabins thinking this was the perfect way to re-invent herself.

The Man in Cabin Number 5

about chrysteen

Chrysteen Braun is a native Californian, born and raised in Long Beach. She wrote her first novel when she was twelve, and while she can’t recall what it was about, she always thought she could become a writer.

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The Man Who Stayed in Cabin Number 5

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“I am desperate and I can think of no other way to end this. I didn’t mean to destroy their family. And now I’m destroying mine. I’m a terrible person. A monster. I can never forgive myself for what I’ve done.”  Last thoughts, John Murphy, 1957

Annie 2017

I had no way of knowing how it was going to end; no one ever really does. We know how we think things will work out, but we don’t know how all the pieces will fall apart then get put back together again, a little at a time. What I did know was that I needed time off, by myself, somewhere where no one knew me, where I could do nothing but sit and think.

So I’d chosen the mountains. I’m from Southern California, Long Beach to be exact and while I’d lived there all my life, I’d never really experienced much beyond the beach itself. Like everyone from here, I took the beaches for granted, and once I out grew the sunbathing I just appreciated the climate. But the mountains, well, they were green, enchanting, and while only about an hour and a half away. I’d only been up there a couple of times with David.


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