Kristin Cashore is the author of the best-selling and award-winning Graceling Realm novels and the genre-bending novel Jane, Unlimited. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. The New York Times Book Review has said of her work: “Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both.” She lives in the Boston area.
I grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, living in a rickety old house with my family and a revolving cast of cats. Mostly, I read. When I wasn’t reading, I was daydreaming. It took ages to drive anywhere, so I spent a lot of time staring out the window, my head in the clouds. Without knowing it, I was planting the seeds: Reading and daydreaming are excellent preparation for writing.
At 18 I went off to college, and since then I’ve lived in a lot of places, including Sydney, New York City, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida. Today I live in the Boston area with my husband, an indie game developer who makes games that take place in outer space. Between us, we pretty much have all fictional spaces covered. I’ve been writing full-time since about 2005, first doing educational writing for the K-6 market and now working exclusively on my novels. Writing is something I would do even if it weren’t my job. I’m very, very lucky that it is.
I also like to make art from time to time, including the collage art on this website. Each piece was created by cutting shapes out of magazines, coffee table books, and photos of my own books — or, in some cases, cutting up my own books and notebooks — then gluing it all together. Readers of my work may recognize iconic objects from my books in the collages, like the blue fox shown curled up in my hand in the photo below. I’ve also included iconic objects from future books — books I’m working on or planning, but haven’t published yet. This means that my website should make more and more sense as time goes by.
Here’s a link if you’re curious about Kevin’s outer space games.
Here’s a link if you’d like to hear how to pronounce my name.
Finally, I confess it’s been a long time since I’ve updated my FAQs, but if you’re curious, my FAQ link is here.