K.A. Wiggins is a Vancouver-born Canadian speculative fiction author, speaker, and creative writing coach known for the award-winning, genre-bending YA Fantasy series Threads of Dreams. She writes YA Fantasy with an edge and a broad array of dark and difficult speculative fiction for middle grade (forthcoming), young adult, and all-ages/adult audiences that explores the tangled webs of society, environment, and identity through intricate, dreamlike tales of monsters and magic.

Her short fiction has been published by Enchanted Conversation: A Fairytale Magazine, Frozen Wavelets by The Earthian Hivemind, Hungry Shadow Press, Fiction-Atlas Press, and Virgibooks (in translation). She currently leads the Children's Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia Society (CWILL BC) and teaches with the Creative Writing for Children Society (CWC).

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Fall 2022

Nov 28, 2022

Yet again I’m waaay behind with updates (join my Twitter or newsletter if you want news while it’s still news, I guess), but here’s some of the cool stuff that’s been going on:

Congrats to CWILL BC Nikki Bergstresser, who just took home the Literary Arts Award in front of a sold-out crowd at the Abbotsford Arts Council’s 18th Annual Arty Awards. As last year’s recipient, I was honoured to have the opportunity to present. :D

BC Teacher-Librarians’ Conference was a blast! I had a great time presenting (over 50!) new releases by BC authors and illustrators of books for kids and talking about collaboration opportunities between school librarians and local authors. CWILL BC will plan on making this an annual event going forward. Word Vancouver Festival was also super fun, with two jam-packed live days plus the virtual/school presentation programming to moderate.

It’s also been a strong year for short fiction:

  • CASTOFFS in It Was Only A Dream: Bad Horror Tropes Done Right (Hungry Shadow Press, 2022) has done amazing. Cannot believe how much buzz this antho has got!

  • THE UNSOUGHT LIGHT was licensed to be reprinted in Seasons Unceasing (Worldsmyths Publishing, 2022) and is 2/3 of the way through edits, scheduled for re-release before the end of the year

  • A pre-published speculative short, CALLOUSED, recieved Silver Honourable Mention in Writers of the Future Awards 2022 Q3

  • A pre-published speculative short, CHILDREN OF EARTH, recieved Honourable Mention in Writers of the Future Awards 2022 Q1 and has been shortlisted in a keystone speculative professional market

On that note, longer releases will be the focus for 2023, including a new novella and a novella rerelease in the Threads of Dreams series, a spooky middle grade/junior teen novel, and a new adult speculative series. And it looks like my spring creative writing workshop will be mostly middle schoolers, which is going to be super fun. Can’t wait!

Finally, World Read Aloud Day is coming up. I’m happy to volunteer a short reading from an upcoming middle grade novel, YA novels, or short fiction, or from works that inspired me for interested classrooms ranging from grade four through high school. Shoot me a message at [email protected] to book a free 10-20 minute reading + author visit on February 1, 2022!

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The Horror Anthology of 2022

Sep 12, 2022

Preorders Are Open!

I’ve just seen the print proofs for It Was All A Dream: An Anthology of Bad Horror Tropes Done Right and this is one you won’t want to miss!

The star-studded lineup alone makes it one of the most exciting anthologies of Spooky Season 2022(TM), but the creepy/schlocky, retro-horror-movie black-and-white interior illustrations for each story make this not only an incredible read for horror lovers, but a real show-stopper for your shelves.

Swing by the publisher’s site to grab your copy (drops October 18, 2022/preorders open now).

Brandon at Hungry Shadow Press has really been working overtime making this an exciting launch. Here’s a bunch of us chatting horror and weird fiction on Read more

Awards News!

Jun 27, 2022

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Celebrating Five Years

May 26, 2022

My debut novel, Blind the Eyes, dropped June 1, 2018. It’s been an absolute whirlwind of a ride ever since. Some things I’d hoped for never turned out; other things I’d never even dreamed of came out of the woodwork.

I’d planned to mark the occasion with something small—a new cover for Under, my subscriber-exclusive series prequel novella. Maybe a little giveaway.

But the redesign looked so awesome, I couldn’t help myself:

So, yeah, buckle up for a complete series relaunch:

  • A brand-new trilogy collection “box set” ebook drops June 1. (Get the collection here)
  • The new edition of Blind the Eyes launches the same day. (Get the new BTE edition here.)
  • Black the Tides is scheduled for July 6. (Preorder here.)
  • Burn the Skies will relaunch in August (Links coming soon.)
  • and the short fiction titles will hit stores throughout the fall (but newsletter subscribers can grab their copies now!) (Subscribe here.)

Thanks for your patience as I work through these updates—pages and links might be a little wonky in the transition (and the reason everything doesn’t drop June 1 is there’s a ton of work on the backend to get all the pieces in play.)

Also, don’t miss the giveaway!

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Surprise TOC Announcement

May 15, 2022

Check out this star-studded line up!

The results are in from the Writers of the Future awards (which is HUGE). Children of Earth got an honourable mention!

But that nice little accolade is overshadowed by the sudden and star-studded Table of Contents drop of It Was All A Dream: An Anthology of Bad Horror Tropes Done Right:

Art by Evangeline Gallagher

Why, yes, that is THE Wendy N. Wagner’s name just above mine! AND Gabino Iglesias to the left of hers! In fact, please, go ahead and just take a moment to absorb that fantastic lineup!

No release date yet because the publisher is commissioning interior artwork for the stories, but I’ll keep you posted.

This is really exciting for me because my twisted little story, Castoffs, has been one of my most popular AND most rejected. It features both a “deal with a devil” trope and a rather insider writers joke, which has made it a really hard sell.

But editors LOVE it. Here’s some of my favourite rejection notes:

  • “This is extravagantly bizarre, and I mean that as the highest compliment. The “deal with the devil” scenario has been done so often that it’s difficult to make that scenario seem new and imaginative, but you manage to do just that. The mixture of lavish, mouth-watering food descriptions with the macabre scenario and the pound of flesh is equal parts tantalizing and perverse—I love it. Best of luck getting this published.”

  • “It was funny – truly. Referring to the female character as dinner was hilarious (…) The journey of the demon putting out the candles is nice – especially because the candle names and scents themselves evoke an aura of middle-class blandness that becomes vivid for the reader. We also thought the bit about the publishing contract would resonate with many. The end was hilarious. Both characters ending up happy is rare and added much humour to the piece.”

  • “It’s fun in its own insane, visceral way.”

And from Hungry Shadow Press’s very own Brandon Applegate: “It’s exactly the kind of bonkers, inside-baseball, disgustingly great spin on a well worn trope I was looking for when I started putting this together.” (!!) Seriously, just absolutely glowing over here! And can’t wait to see what else made it in (28 stories total~)

So, look forward to this insane, funny, and somehow happy (?!) gross-out horror comedy and a truly awesome linup of other horror stories one day soon!

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CWILL BC Presents: 2022 BC Books + Intro to Collaborating with Local Authors at BCTLA Fall Conference

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022

Time: 1-2pm

Location: New Westminster Secondary School

Type: Multimedia Presentation & Workshop

I’ll be presenting a mixed-format multi-media presentation and workshop on behalf of CWILL BC highlighting our free resources for teachers and librarians, presenting 2022 releases, and engaging in dialogue around BC books for kids.

We’ll also have a table in the exhibitors’ hall with free bookmarks, swag, and books for sale.

Register at the fall conference site..

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Word Vancouver Festival 2022

Date: September 19, 24-25, 2022

Time: Various

Location: Online (Monday, Sep. 19), Surrey City Centre Library (Saturday, Sep. 24) / SFU Harbour Centre (Sunday, Sep. 25)

Type: Panels, Readings, Activities, Book Sale, Giveaway & More

Join CWILL BC at Word Vancouver 2022!

Our authors and illustrators are offering virtual midweek sessions (schools, libraries, home learners etc. encouraged to tune in!), we’ll be offering a children’s activity center on Saturday, and hosting a table in the exhibitor’s hall on Sunday. Stop by to say hi, grab some free bookmarks, and enter our giveaway!

I’ll be on site all weekend helping out with free drop-in kids activities, running the CWILL BC table, and moderating the following events:

  • Finding the Way in your City A panel for Early Readers (roughly Kindergarten to Grade 3) featuring author-illustrator Kari Rust and Darren Lebeuf on Monday, September 19,...
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Writing Short Fiction for StoryStudio Summer Camp 2022: Imaginary Islands

Date: August 2, 2022

Time: 10-11 am PST

Location: virtual

Type: workshop + Q&A

StoryStudio is a a Victoria, BC-based charity that provides free and low cost creative writing programming, resources, and contests for kids and teens across Canada.

This is a private event for Imaginary Island registered campers ages 10-16 and registration is now closed, but if you’re a young writer (or a parent), check out their site for how to get involved, upcoming programs, and regular writing contests!

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Past Events