Thursday, October 11, 2012

AFTERGLOW Cover Reveal!

And the cover for AFTERGLOW (Wildefire #3) is....



And if you want to see the progression between the covers of the three books...


All three of these covers are thanks to the ever-brilliant Laurent Linn at Simon & Schuster. In case you're wondering, all of those flowers are real (photographed by Ashton Worthington); for AFTERGLOW, Laurent actually had fresh plumeria flown in from Hawaii.

What I love most about Laurent's work is that, rather than just settling for a cover that looked "cool," he went the extra mile to actually tell a story as you progress from panel to panel. Each flower also parallels Ashline's journey in that particular novel:

The lone black calla igniting in a field of ordinary lilies, just as Ashline experiences her own awakening as a goddess amongst mortals in WILDEFIRE.
One orchid struggles not to succumb to the primordial, earth-rending chaos around it, just as the scheming of a villainous trickster tears Ashline's world apart in EMBERS & ECHOES.
And finally the plumeria, still burning bright against the smoldering remains around it, just as...well, I guess you'll have to wait to read AFTERGLOW to get this connection.

Finally, I'll leave you with the tagline we've chosen for the inside cover of AFTERGLOW, along with the previous two, so you can see the progression from book to book.

WILDEFIRE: Every flame begins with a spark.
EMBERS & ECHOES: Every flame casts a shadow.
AFTERGLOW: Every flame can be extinguished.

AFTERGLOW hits bookstores November 12, 2013 (11/12/13), but you can catch up on the rest of Ashline's journey from mortal to reincarnated volcano goddess with WILDEFIRE and EMBERS & ECHOES.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

EMBERS & ECHOES hits Bookstores; My Cat Hits the Bottle

So my new novel EMBERS & ECHOES, the sequel to WILDEFIRE, hits bookstores today. To celebrate, rather than blabber on about what the books are about for the 21,000th time ("Blah blah reincarnated Polynesian volcano goddess blah blahbaty blah"), I've decided to use a new method of self-promotion, and guilt trip the living shit out of you. That's right. For the purposes of this blog, I'd like to in all seriousness explain to you--

THE 5 REASONS WHY YOU'RE A DEPLORABLE HUMAN BEING IF YOU DON'T READ THESE BOOKS.

1) My cat can't afford a good substance abuse rehab program.
It started with him sniffing envelopes and eating old photographs as a kitten. Then he turned to catnip, which we all know is a gateway drug. We didn't truly acknowledge that he had a problem until we found him passed out and cuddling with a bottle of sangria at 9am. For every copy of WILDEFIRE and EMBERS & ECHOES we sell, he gets one paw-step closer to getting the help he needs.

2) I hid a penis joke in the acknowledgements.
No, I'm not kidding. Yes, it's there. But you have to know Norse mythology to get the joke.

3) If you don't read this book, you hate babies.
I dedicated this book to my adorable baby niece Victoria. If you refuse to read this book, Victoria is going to transform into the Hulk baby, throw her singing stuff octopus across the room, and up-turn her jumperoo. Do you want to be responsible for that kind of mayhem?

4) I have survived numerous attacks by bloodthirsty animals.
Some people think I can't possibly be bad-ass because I write young-adult fiction, but to them I say, "Oh really? Then how is it that I've survived attacks by

Bears

Inanimate Green Tigers

And a Lasercat invasion?
"


















If you don't read these books, then the Lasercats have won.

And finally

5) I was recently traumatized by a roving gang of teenage girls.
It was late at night. I was walking alone in downtown Boston. And I encountered a group of feisty teenage girls who were playing a game where they would dare each other to run up to a random guy and whisper, "I want to carry your fetus!" into his ear. Then they would all run away giggling.

Traumatizing. Is this seriously the demographic I write for?


So there you have it. If you don't read these books, then you're just encouraging my cat's addiction to spiral out of control, and babies will transform into raging Cloverfield monsters, and tweens will roam the streets giggling about fetuses, and the Lasercats will win, and worst of all, obscure Norse mythological penis references will go unread. Is that the kind of world you want to live in? Then click the pictures below or the retailer links to the left.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

EMBERS & ECHOES, Early Release?

So EMBERS & ECHOES doesn't technically come out for another week, but for those of you getting antsy... Barnes & Noble is already shipping it!

I'll do a more formal post and video next week, but for now here's the summary of EMBERS & ECHOES (Wildefire #2):

Every flame casts a shadow.

Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth.

Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn’t all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire

Ash isn’t without help, however. Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash’s previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future.

Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

And for any new readers, you can find links to WILDEFIRE to the left!


Friday, March 30, 2012

Dear Teen Me or Deer Teen Me?

The folks over at Dear Teen Me invited me to write a letter to teenage Karsten. You can read the advice I gave myself here.

But let's be honest--you're really just clicking the link to see the awkward high school photos.

Stay tuned next month, when I'll be writing a letter to my teenage Bambi on "Deer Teen Me."

Monday, February 13, 2012

Author Seeks Valentine; Readers Seek Hiding Place

Hello friends.

Will you be my Valentine?

What if I gave you flowers and then let you spend time beneath my covers?

...Get your mind out of the gutter. I'm talking about book covers, you saucy minx.

In celebration of Valentine's Day, I've been given the green light to reveal not one, but TWO covers for you.

So without further ado, I give to you the cover to the WILDEFIRE paperback, and even more exciting, the cover to Wildefire's sequel, EMBERS & ECHOES.


























As you can see, the WILDEFIRE paperback remains mostly unchanged from the hardcover, but it has beautiful (and much larger) new font. And I'm absolutely in love with what Laurent has done with the EMBERS & ECHOES cover. The lonely orchid* maintains the flower theme from the original, while the igneous rock and scalding lava really say, "Hey, this book is about the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess. Read it or she'll burn you."

*Disclaimer: I am not a flowerologist, so I am only guessing that this is an orchid. For all I know, it could be a tumbleweed or a banana tree or a reclusive hamster rose. What I do know is that it's beautiful and exotic, and if I didn't have a track record of involuntary herbicide with every house plant I've ever owned, I would keep one on my desk.

Now that you've seen the cover, you're probably curious at this point where EMBERS & ECHOES will take Ashline Wilde, so a sneak peek at the flap summary...

~~~~~~

Every flame casts a shadow.

Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth.

Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn’t all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire

Ash isn’t without help, however. Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash’s previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future.

Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

~~~~~

WILDEFIRE comes out in paperback August 21, 2012.

EMBERS & ECHOES hits bookstores August 28, 2012.

KARSTEN KNIGHT takes you out for a candlelit dinner on February 14, 2012...in your dreams.

Monday, January 30, 2012

THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF KARSTEN KNIGHT, or: Karsten, the Magical Typing Fetus (the Musical)

Hello friends. It’s been a while. Where have I been, you ask?
IN REVISION HELL. (See sophisticated graphic in margin)

But more on that graffiti later. Let’s talk about a conversation with semi-strangers that has happened regularly since I signed a book deal (dramatized for entertainment purposes, fairly authentic to reality).
Enthusiastic Observer: You are so blessed to be published at such a young age!
Me: I feel very blessed.
EO: And on your first try no less!
Me: More like 10 tries and 20 years.
EO: But you’re only 26. [Does quick mental math] Did you start writing as a fetus?
Me: Yes. On an in-utero typewriter.

So with that said, I go on a barely relevant tangent in which I present to you my own disreputable writing history, in timeline format, starting with myself as a prolific fetus.
**Dislcaimer**
What this post isn’t:
1) A “Never give up!” blog post (there are enough of those as it is)
2) A patronizing “Look how long it took me!” post (Ew), or
3) Exciting.
What this post is:
1) Me being self-indulgent in what has been a nostalgic month,
2) The result of me discovering a Karsten-sized leaning tower of old neglected manuscripts at my parents’ house, and
3) Me attempting to end the two-month patch of silence on my blog.


KARSTEN KNIGHT: A Literary History


1985: I am born. To quote what Douglas Adams once said about the creation of the universe, my birth “has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
1987: My parents let me pick out my own coat. I pick out a puffy pink one. I overcome my paralyzing fear of grass.
1991: I write my first picture book series, about the adventures of a saucy worm. It has an unintentional obscenity in the title, which my 6-year-old self remains oblivious to. Parents and teachers alike laugh at me.
1993: I discover the unintentionally obscene word from my title scribbled on a bathroom wall. After polling my classmates, I learn the hard way that what I thought was just another word for "cat" is also slang for genitalia.
1994-1996: Inspired by my love of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, I start writing my first “novel,” THE SHAPESHIFTER, about a girl hunted by a shape-shifting demon. It takes 3 years to write 15,000 words, which is how much I sometimes write per week. I learn the ropes about the relationship between authors, agents, and editors, and begin the query process.
1998-2000: After a few years of starting books I’ll never finish, I write FRESH WATER, a story about a waterborne plague that possesses the inhabitants of a seaside Carolina town with the demonic soul of a slain dragon. I meet R.L. Stine and he actually critiques the first chapters for me. Squee.
2000-2001: I write THE SHADOW STAFF, about the first year of a boy in a special island-based archeological school. It was 50% Indiana Jones, 50% Harry Potter, and 97% poop. I go to a writing conference at Bread Loaf in Vermont, where I discover that not only are there lots of other teenage writers out there, but that all of them are more sophisticated and eloquent than I am.
2001-2002: I write ARACHNE, a post-apocalyptic thriller in Earth’s (supposedly) last remaining city. Years later, I will pat myself on the back for anticipating the dystopian/post-apocalyptic craze that will one day sweep YA.
2002-2003: I write AUTUMN TIDES, a spirit- and mythology-based fantasy that takes place in the cornfields of Nebraska.
2003: A week before my 18th birthday, I sign with a NY-based literary agency to represent ARACHNE and AUTUMN TIDES. Both books go on submission to editors at major publishing houses, but ultimately fail to get picked up. I should probably be crushed, but I mostly feel like a baller for being eighteen and having a pile of (albeit rejection) letters from real editors. I go to college.
2004: I write TRIPLE HELIX, a futuristic thriller about DNA manipulation, political coups, and the voices inside of one girl’s head. I am ultimately unhappy with it and dump it into the Realm of Forgotten Novels.
2005: I write SHEPHERD, the only contemporary realism I’ve ever attempted, about a school for troubled children. My agent finds it too similar to Lord of the Flies, which I have (to this day) never read. SHEPHERD agrees to keep TRIPLE HELIX company in the Realm of Forgotten Novels.
2006: I write GRIMALKIN, a novel based on Etruscan mythology about a boy being hunted by his own great-great-great-(insert seventeen more greats) grandfather. It will soon join the others in the RFN. My agent suggests that I have an inner adult fantasy/sci-fi author struggling to escape, and I should try my hand at writing for an older audience, which leads us to—
2007: I write PATCHWORK, an adult novel that was sort of like the bastard child of Inception and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, only with murder. After I finished it, I realized that I’d basically written a YA novel with an adult protagonist (if that makes any sense), and that my heart just wasn’t in adult literature. Into the RFN it goes.
2007-2009: I dissolve the contract with my first agent. I get a big-person job. I get another big-person job. I don’t write a single word for two years.
2009-2010: I enroll in grad school. I start writing a book about a Polynesian volcano goddess reincarnated in the body of a sixteen-year-old girl. I call it a lot of things, but ultimately settle on WILDEFIRE.
2010: WILDEFIRE sells to Courtney Bongiolatti at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and I sign with Mary Kole from the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
2011: WILDEFIRE comes out. Simon & Schuster buys its sequels, EMBERS & ECHOES (2012) and AFTERGLOW (2013). I start writing (another) book codenamed PATCHWORK that bears zero resemblance to the eponymous novel I wrote in college. It is my favorite thing I’ve ever written, but it’s one of those projects that keeps morphing into something else (and something better). So by 2012…
Present Day: Working on the 4th Draft of PATCHWORK and continuing progress on AFTERGLOW. Overindulging in blog posts chronicling my writing history. Using MS Paint to create graffiti art for said blog posts. No longer a fetus; must still closely resemble one considering how frequently I'm carded at the pub.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Did He Just Say "Snealthily?"

After three months spent buried in revisions, I return to vlogging. I'm a little rusty. [Squeaky-squeaky-squeak]



As usual, this vlog will probably only make sense to parrots, dark matter particles, or members of the gourd family.