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.
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 Salvation Day
A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to Zahra and her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy. But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead. And then they woke it up.
Genre: science fiction thriller
Page count: 320
On sale: July 9, 2019
ISBN 10: 1984803697
Available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats.
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.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Genre: children's fantasy adventure
Page count: 336
On sale: July 24, 2018
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.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Genre: YA magical realism
Page count: 432
On sale: October 10, 2017
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.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins
Genre: YA horror
Page count: 368
On sale: January 26, 2016
ISBN 10: 0062366203
Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio formats.