San Diego Festival of Books

I will be making an appearance at the San Diego Festival of Books on Saturday, August 25. Come out and see a bunch of great local authors and writers! Check out the links below for tickets and schedules.

San Diego Festival of Books

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Venues Liberty Station, 2620 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106

The Many Worlds of Middle Grade

11:25 AM  in Meeting Room 2

A discussion about magic and wonder in middle grade books with John August, Margaret Dilloway, and Kali Wallace, moderated by Sally Pla. The discussion will last 45 minutes, and the authors will be going directly to the signing area for book sales and signatures afterward.

The San Diego Festival of Book is open to everyone. Tickets are $3 for each panel and can be purchased online.

City of Islands blog & interview roundup

Here's a round-up of the blog posts and interviews I've written and given for the release of City of Islands! In them, I talk about writing for children in these dark times, the lessons I learned as a bookworm child, and the importance of fun adventures for young readers.

All of my blog posts and interviews, present and past, can be found on the Other page.

welcome to the world, baby blue

City of Islands is out in the world today! This is my third novel, and first for children, and I am so happy to finally be able to share it with you. It's a fantastical adventure of magic, mystery, and sea monsters, and I hope you--and all the younger readers in your life--enjoy it.

You can buy City of Islands anywhere books are sold, including the following outlets:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell's

If you're in the San Diego area, I'll be at Mysterious Galaxy on August 4 at 2 p.m. to talk children's books and fantasy. I would love to see you there! 

I will also most likely be making an appearance at the San Diego Festival of Books on August 25, but the details of that event have yet to be determined. I'll be sure to post the time and location as soon as I know.

City of Islands has been a long time in the making, from my first stab at it during NaNoWriMo in 2010, and through many rewrites and revisions over the years that followed. I am proud of the book it is now, and I am so very thankful for everybody who has offered help and support along the way. 

City of Islands reviews roundup

There are exactly 50 days until the release of CITY OF ISLANDS, and I've got a roundup of trade reviews to share. I am delighted that reviewers are loving Mara and her strange, magical city, and I very much hope that means the book will find its way into the hands of kids who want to read an adventure full of sea monsters, sneaky mages, a whole bunch of sailing songs, excitement, and danger.

thoughts on writing short stories

In this awkward time in which I am preparing to release one novel, getting ready to edit another, and halfway through writing one vast and terrible behemoth that is going to take many, many months of work to finish, I have been working on a couple of short stories.

These are stories that have been sitting in my mind for a long time--because all short stories sit in my mind for a long time, lurking in the shadows for months or years before I feel ready to write them. It might not seem to make sense, from the outside, that I can dive into writing a novel with very little preparation but require eons of contemplation to get into a short story. But it makes sense to me, and I've been thinking about why.

NEA Big Read Panel at Mysterious Galaxy

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Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM, I'll be participating in a panel at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego with fellow authors S.B. Divya and Kirsten Imani Kasai. We'll be talking about Kelly Link's wonderful short story collecting Pretty Monsters as part of the NEA Big Read program. The event is free and open to everyone!

NEA Big Read Panel on Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters

Mysterious Galaxy is located at 5943 Balboa Ave Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111

 

announcement: a spaceship full o'corpses!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce the sale of my adult science fiction horror novel HOUSE OF WISDOM! Here is the announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

Kali Wallace's HOUSE OF WISDOM, pitched as an Alien-inspired thriller set in deep space about a cult leader and her hostages trapped aboard an abandoned spaceship along with a virus of mysterious origins, her first book for adults, to Jessica Wade at Ace, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Adriann Ranta Zurhellen at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).

I am so excited to work with Jessica Wade and the team at Ace for my debut into the adult sci fi world, and I am so happy this book has found a home. It's a book I truly love, with all its dark, gruesome, space-bound horror, and I hope you love it too. 

A starred review for City of Islands!

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CITY OF ISLANDS has received a starred review from Kirkus!

"Wallace builds intrigue, layer by layer, page by page, until readers are glued to each word right up to the magnificent end. The captivating worldbuilding is supported by a sturdy third-person narrative that’s filled with people of various skin tones, personalities, and abilities who find a way to work together to right the wrongs of corruption.... Inspiration and excitement from beginning to end."

You can read the full review here, and you can preorder CITY OF ISLANDS anywhere books are sold: 

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |

Indiebound | Powell's

getting stuck and getting unstuck

The novel I'm writing now is longer and more complex than any I've tried to write before. This is a good thing! It is exciting and epic and full of things I love and there are monsters everywhere!

But it is also long and complex and full of characters and everything is interconnected across miles of story geography and years of story time and tens of thousands of story words, which means that it is a lot to handle. I am trying to be better about thoughtful first draft writing. That is, rather than jumping head first into a story and assuming I'll figure it out later, I am trying to plan a bit more. I'm not full-on outlining, but I am trying to be more deliberate about each step I take in the story--even when that step comes as a result of a wild idea that strikes in the middle of the night.

That means than when I hit a snag--which I do all the time, because it is a big and complicated story--I try to figure out why I've hit a snag, rather than barreling through or giving up entirely. I try to think about the problem in a way that actually helps solve the problem and gets me writing again. To do this, I ask myself some questions about the story to figure out what's keeping me from moving forward.