Kali Wallace studied geophysics before she realized she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds more than she liked researching the real one. After a lifetime in Colorado, she decided on a whim to trade the mountains for the beach and now lives in southern California. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and Tor.com.
Kali’s debut, SHALLOW GRAVES (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016), is a YA literary horror tale in which a murdered teenage girl is resurrected as an undead creature with dangerous powers. She must find a way to reconcile memories of her old, normal life with the magical underworld to which she now belongs, a world populated by monsters from international folklore as well as the people who hunt them.
- Favorite book growing up: I WANT TO GO HOME! by Gordon Korman
- Childhood aspiration: Pastry chef
- Favorite time of day/place to write: A nice coffee shop in the morning, with a nice cup of coffee as fuel
- Book currently reading/most recently read: Fearless Fifteener Sarah Benwell’s THE LAST LEAVES FALLING
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Hiking, traveling, cooking
- Favorite sports teams: The Unseen Academicals
- Surprising personal fact: She has a completely irrational fear of moths
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Getting to know all the other fantastic writers looking forward to their debuts–not to mention finally being able to tell people that her first novel is coming out next year
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