The early reviews for The Memory Trees are starting to come in, and I am absolutely delighted to learn that it has received a starred review from Kirkus! They say: "An absorbing, lyrically drawn mystery, examination of grief, and cautionary tale."
I am absolutely delighted to reveal the cover of my second novel, The Memory Trees, posted first by the fantastic folks at YA Books Central. Check out that post for my thoughts on the cover and a chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Shallow Graves.
The Memory Trees
coming October 10, 2017
Sorrow Lovegood's life has been shaped by the stories of her ancestors: brave, resilient women who have lived for generations on a capricious apple orchard in Vermont. Sorrow and her family take pride in their land and its strange history. Their offbeat way of living may be ridiculed by the townspeople--especially their neighbors, the Abrams family--but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow's whole world.
Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow's sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her father in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.
Now sixteen, Sorrow's memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister's death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?
The Memory Trees is a darkly magical novel about a mysterious family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home.
I have a short story in the December 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. It's called "The Cold Side of the Island" and it's about getting older, losing people, childhood friends growing into different people, and most of all it's about finding a dead thing in the woods.
The full list of my short stories is here.
Lacie missed the funeral. She overslept and didn't get out of Providence until after ten, and any chance she had of making up the time vanished when the storm turned I-95 north of Portsmouth into a skating rink. A pile-up slammed traffic to a crawl for the better part of the afternoon. Snow whipped across the road in horizontal streaks, scouring the windshield like sand, rocking the car with sudden gusts.
"The gun was still on the table when Caroline returned from her walk.
She stopped short in the doorway. A gust of wind shoved at her back, whipped a spray of rain around her. She fumbled until she found the handle and pulled the door closed behind her.
The gun was still on the table."
A full bibliography of my published short stories is here.
I am delighted to announce that Shallow Graves is being released in the United Kingdom today!
It is available in hardback, ebook, and audio formats. Here are some places you can buy it online:
And, of course, no matter where you are in the world, you can get free delivery from Book Depository.
My first novel Shallow Graves is out in the world today! You can find it anywhere books are sold, including the following places:
I love my little book and I hope you love it too.
I will be having a launch party at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego this Saturday, January 30, at 4 p.m.
I am delighted to announce that I have sold another novel! My middle grade fantasy novel CITY OF ISLANDS has been picked up by fantastic editor Alex Arnold at Katherine Tegen books.
Here is the announcement from Publishers' Marketplace:
Author of the forthcoming SHALLOW GRAVES Kali Wallace's CITY OF ISLANDS, a fantasy set in an archipelago of peculiar islands where a diving girl discovers bones on the ocean floor from creatures—and magic—that shouldn't exist, to Alex Arnold at Katherine Tegen Books, in an exclusive submission, by Adriann Ranta at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).
Here is a fun fact, appropriate for an early December announcement: CITY OF ISLANDS was a NaNoWriMo novel.
But don't get too excited, people who just finished NaNoWriMo and have a shiny new manuscript in hand. CITY OF ISLANDS was in fact it was a NaNoWriMo novel twice, from two different Novembers three years apart, the most recent of which was 2013. This novel has been a work-in-progress for a long time.
I wrote a guest post for YA Highway about creating mood and atmosphere in writing:
There's a ghost town called Rosita in the Wet Mountains of southern Colorado. It was born in the 1870s, one of the dozens of mining camps that evolved into towns during Colorado's silver rush, and like most it's boom days didn't last very long. There's almost nothing of it left now: only the name, the old post office, and the graveyard. The graveyard is still there.
It's a pretty, quiet cemetery. I've only been there once, and that was when I was in high school, but I remember the warm afternoon sun on yellow grass, the vanilla scent of the ponderosa pines, the quiet. And I remember a trio of little white gravestones, identical and all in a row, marking the graves of three children from the same family. All three were under the age of four, and all three had died within two weeks of each other in November of 1880. Their parents aren't buried in the same graveyard.
There's also a chance to win one of five ARCs of SHALLOW GRAVES!