ABOUT Karsten Knight

Some might say that my writing career peaked at the age of six, when I completed a tour de force picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the 25 years that followed, I worked as a copy editor, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before finally deciding that my true calling involved writing about time travel, mythical flowers, and reincarnated Polynesian volcano goddesses. I reside in Boston, where I live for fall weather, football, and margaritas, and pounce on any opportunity to showcase my encyclopedic knowledge of 90s music lyrics.


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What Are you currently reading?

YOU took an entire course on picture books IN GRAD SCHOOL? THAT CAN'T BE REAL.

I got my MFA in writing children's literature from Simmons College in 2011. That means that for two years, I actually received academic credit to make things up, get into shenanigans with fellow authors, and read every YA, middle grade, or picture book I could get my hands on. Sound too good to be true? It was one of the best experiences of my life.

Prior to Simmons, I attended the College of the Holy Cross, and prior to that, I was a fetus.


This is hardly an exhaustive list of all the books I've loved, but off the top of my head, here is just a handful of favorites that have inspired me, both from childhood and in recent years. I'll try to update as more come to me.

WHAT ARE YOU currently writing?

It's a secret! I have a couple of projects on the stove right now, but let's just say that one involves a city that's very near and dear to my heart. A sneak preview, in pictures:


My writing idol growing up was R.L. Stine. I've read hundreds of his books.

I was terrified of grass as a toddler, and had an epic meltdown when my mother made green spaghetti.

I used to be able to solve a Rubik's cube in 90 seconds. Now I've forgotten how :(

Much of my day is spent deciding what I should eat next. Even while I am already eating.

My favorite dessert is flan.

I make a world-class margarita.

I performed as a beatboxer in various acappella groups for almost a decade.

Favorite song: "The Very Thought of You" by Billie Holiday.

Absolutely nothing can prepare you for seeing your book on a bookstore shelf for the very first time (see photograph evidence below).

The day I found out that Wildefire was getting published was the third best day of my life. The births of my nieces are permanently tied for #1.