Short bioGRAPHY

Kali Wallace studied geology and earned a PhD in geophysics before she realized she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds more than she liked researching the real one. She is the author of the young adult novels Shallow Graves and The Memory Trees and the upcoming middle grade fantasy City of Islands. Her first novel for adults, the science fiction horror-thriller Salvation Day, will be published by Berkley Books in 2019. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Tor.com, and other speculative fiction magazines. After spending most of her life in Colorado, she now lives in southern California.

 Author photo may be used for promotional purposes.  Photo credit: Jessica Hilt, 2015.

Author photo may be used for promotional purposes.

Photo credit: Jessica Hilt, 2015.

LONGER BIOGRAPHY

For most of her life Kali Wallace was going to be a scientist when she grew up. She studied geology in college, partly because she could get course credit for hiking and camping, and eventually earned a PhD in geophysics researching earthquakes in India and the Himalayas. Only after she had her shiny new doctorate in hand did she admit that she loved inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked exploring the real one. She is the author of the young adult novels Shallow Graves and The Memory Trees and the children's fantasy novel City of Islands. Her first novel for adults, the science fiction horror-thriller Salvation Day, will be published by Ace Books in 2019. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. She was born in Colorado and spent most of her life there, but now lives in southern California.


About City of Islands

In a foggy archipelago called the City of Islands, twelve-year-old Mara has always been fascinated by the magic that drifts on the air as songs. But as a servant for the powerful Lady of the Tides, Mara must earn her keep by searching for magical treasures deep in the murky ocean. Then Mara finds the skeletons of strange hybrid creatures that haven’t existed in the city for centuries—all humming with a powerful spell-song. But instead of a reward, the Lady gives Mara a new challenge: to sneak into the island fortress, the Winter Blade. The chilling truths that Mara uncovers on her mission, about her past as well as about the secrets of her beloved city, are more dangerous—and magical—than she ever imagined.

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

Genre: children's fantasy adventure

Page count: 336

On sale: July 24, 2018

ISBN: 9780062499813

ISBN 10: 0062499815

Available in hardcover and ebook formats.


About The Memory Trees

Sixteen-year-old Sorrow Lovegood returns to her mother's apple orchard in the mountains of southern Vermont after eight years away. When she was a child, her sister, Patience, died in a mysterious fire on their land, and Sorrow wants to uncover the truth of what happened that tragic night. What she learns in the mysteriously magical orchard is a tangled web of secrets, violence, betrayal, and murder buried in her family history, much of it borne of a centuries-old feud with the neighboring Abrams family and the fierce ways the Lovegood women have defended their independence through generations. The Memory Trees is a darkly magical novel about a troubling family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home.

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

Genre: YA magical realism

Page count: 432

On sale: October 10, 2017

ISBN: 9780062366238

ISBN 10: 0062366238

Available in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats.


About Shallow Graves

Seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death with the ability to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. She sets out to discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world of magic and monsters to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for creatures like her.

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins

Genre: YA horror

Page count: 368

On sale: January 26, 2016

ISBN: 9780062366207

ISBN 10: 0062366203

Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio formats.