Chrys Mollett was born with Music & Literature surrounding & enriching her world. She started writing songs at 3 (mostly about clouds, peanut butter, and fish) and began studying music at 5. A grateful escapee from the Inland Empire L.A. County, Chrys spent countless summers & vacations growing up in the foothills – picking berries & wild mushrooms and helping a family friend work with a dog sled team that raced up what is now Hwy. 4. Chrys’ Dad was a WWII Marine hero (see bench dedicated to Bill Mollett in front of the Visitors Center), a writer and eventually was known as ‘the Barbarian of Calaveras County’ as he held one of the largest collections of barbed wire anywhere. A naturalist and musician herself, Chrys’ mother Mary, taught at Mark Twain school for years. Her parents retired to Murphys in the 1970’s; and Chrys relocated here in 1988.
Chrys lives on a 5-acre hillside shared with her dog Marley & 2 cats, sundry wild critters and a wide view to die for. Her home is a rustic lodge, dubbed ‘the Chrystine Chapel’, hand- built of local-milled timber gleaned from the Old Gulch Fire in early ’90’s. It is a sanctuary for browsing hungry & thristy deer, raccoons, squirrels, songbirds, hummingbirds, raptors, frogs, lizards and an interesting array of insects. She sleeps outside under a mosquito net all summer. Her home interests include native & edible gardening, watching the seasons’ cycles, learning from trees and the rocky motherlode soil, discovering her own ability to build & repair stuff, dream journaling, painting and doing the NY Times crossword. In books & movies she prefers anything about “intelligent people making difficult decisions“. Chrys’ brother Mike Mollett is a performance artist in L.A., having originated the groups LA Mudpeople and the Karma Bums. His wife Dee works in post production editing for television.