city of islands

new book deal! and where it came from

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.