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.
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.
I FINISHED ALL OF YOUR BOOKS. WHAT the hell am i going to READ NOW?
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.