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Kristi Saare Duarte with Mursi Tribe man in Lower Omo Valley, Ethopia

I'm Kristi Saare Duarte, a spiritual channel, healer, and award-winning author of the critically acclaimed spiritual novels THE TRANSMIGRANT and THE HOLY CONSPIRACY.  I'm currently working on a cozy mystery series.


 While I'm not religious, my previous books explore the lives of Jesus and his disciples, basing the stories on fact rather than fiction. I developed my expertise on Jesus and his disciples by studying ancient scrolls and historical scriptures, including the Nag Hammadi Library, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Josephus Flavius’s Antiquities of the Jews. See a sample list of research sources here.


Both books aim to highlight how all religions are linked, and that they all stem from the same root: love your neighbor as yourself, treat others like you want to be treated, and be kind.

I  grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, but I was raised in the exile-Estonian community. My parents fled Estonia as children when the Soviet Union invaded their home country. I never felt at home in Sweden, and left home at the age of 18 to move to London. Since then, I have lived in six countries across three continents: Sweden, England, Estonia, Peru, Spain, and the USA. For the last 26 years, I've called New York City home. I'm spurred by an insatiable curiosity, which has—among other things—led me to visit more than 80 countries across the world. 

My outlook on life changed forever when my parents died in a ferry accident. This catapulted my spiritual development beyond just sensing spirits. A few years later, I met the renowned spiritual channel Alex Murray in New York City, and he taught me how to channel spirits. I'm also a certified Reiki healer and Soul Realignment practitioner, which has greatly influenced my worldview, my faith, and of course also my writing. 


I believe in living life to the fullest and facing/overcoming any fears. I'm all about trying anything new, so challenge me! I've tasted deep-fried crickets and bamboo worms in the Chiang Rai market. I've traveled across West Africa in steaming hot, rusty, overly crowded buses, I've sped down the streets of Jaipur in a bicycle-rikshaw, with the local driver sitting in the passenger seat, I've traveled down the Suriname River in a dugout canoe, and traveled to the desert village of Agadez in Niger despite the terrorism threat. I want to be brave. Take Risks. Live.

When I'm not writing or exploring the world and the universe beyond, I love to read. 


  • Faithful Place by Tana French

  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

  • Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

  • The World According to Garp by John Irving

  • Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

  • The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 

  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman

  • Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa

  • Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

  • Twenty by Debra Landwehr Engel

  • The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella 

I offer channeled tarot card readings, Reiki sessions, and Akashic Record readings by request. For more information, see the SPIRITUALITY page. 

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