Kathryn Purdie’s love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of To Kill a Mockingbird. In high school and college, Kathryn focused on acting, poetry, guitar, and extensive journal writing. Years later, when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her brother, inspiration for her first novel struck. She’s been writing darkly fantastical stories ever since.
Kathryn’s debut, BURNING GLASS/Book One of Riaznin Rising (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, Winter 2016) is a young adult fantasy. In a world similar to Imperial Russia, 17-year-old Sonya is obliged to use her gift for feeling – and absorbing – the emotions of others to protect her nation’s volatile emperor from anyone seeking to do him harm. If she fails, the penalty is death. Despite her better instincts, however, Sonya becomes entangled with the emperor’s younger brother, whom she suspects may be plotting to usurp the throne.
- Favorite book growing up: THE SWEET VALLEY TWINS books. She wishes she could say it was a fantasy tome. But she was addicted to SVT. She saved her money and rode her bike to K-mart as often as possible to purchase the latest book in the series.
- Childhood aspiration: Actress
- Favorite time of day/place to write: morning/in her bed
- Book currently reading/most recently read: MORTAL HEART by Robin LeFevre.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Theatre Arts
- Favorite sports teams: She never watches sports, so she has no clue.
- Surprising personal fact: She has nine brothers and sisters.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Her book will release before she turns 40!
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