K.A. Wiggins is a Vancouver-born Canadian speculative fiction author, speaker, and creative writing coach known for the award-winning "climate crisis + monsters" YA series Threads of Dreams.

Her short fiction has been published by Enchanted Conversation: A Fairytale Magazine, Frozen Wavelets by The Earthian Hivemind, Fiction-Atlas Press, and Virgibooks (in translation). | LEARN MORE

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Arty Nomination

Sep 09, 2021

This was a definite higlight of my summer: someone nominated me in the annual Abbotsford Arts Club Arty Awards!

Congrations to my fellow nominees in the literature category, local authors David Tickner, Julia Rohan, Emily Isaacson, and Lauralee Sí:tel Á:la Kelly! The awards ceremony will be held remotely on September 25 at 7 pm.

If you’re a visiting and looking to check out my work in hardcopy, you can find paperbacks locally to borrow through the Fraser Valley Regional Library, or for sale at The Bookman or Hemingways Books and Records. Thanks for reading and shopping local!


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News Round-Up

Aug 29, 2021

Aaand just like that, summer’s over! As usual, I’ve been too busy to share updates as they happen, so here’s a quick rundown of what you may have missed:

Threads of Dreams Complete

Burn the Skies launched on July 6, completing the trilogy. Binge the whole series today!

Elections

The Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia society elected me as president on June 30. If you’re a published (or professionally indie publishing) illustrator or author of books for the under-18 crowd living in British Columbia, please join us at cwillbc.org. We’re doing a ton of cool stuff!.

Awards

Not sure I’m allowed to share the news yet, but there’s a super fun awards nomination in the works that I’ll be able to shout about soon. Thanks to whoever nominated me, btw!

Instagram Catastrophe UPDATE: It’s back!

On the not-so-fun news side, my Instagram (@kaie.space) got unexpectedly shut down. Not sure if I got hacked or flagged by bots or something else, but it doesn’t appear to be recoverable. Sad to lose 3,000+ connections and 5+ years of work, but moving on and starting over with a new handle. Join me @kaiewiggins for pretty(?) book photos and book recs featuring YA fantasy and Canadian authors! Main account @kaie.space was reinstated (after a month . . . ) with their apologies, so we’re back up and running!

Just launched two new website sections to feature creative projects by emerging writers I’ve had the privilege to teach and compile writing and publishing resources. Between teaching and leading CWILL, I’ve been getting an increasing number of questions about where to start with x or y, so while I’m no publishing guru, hopefully this provides a helpful starting point to refer questions to. It’ll likely grow as I have time and questions increase. Students of past workshops or who I’ve connected with at presentations are welcome to get in touch at any time with a creative project they’d like featured on the showcase page.

Up Next

I’m still dithering about what project to dive into next on the writing front, but I’ll be teaching two anthology workshops with Creative Writing for Children in the fall term, growing CWILL BC’s reach and effectiveness, and taking a continuing ed workshop on short fiction with WMG Publishing. Somewhere in all that, I need to plot and draft the next release, genre and title TBD. Stay in touch via the newsletter or social for all the details as they drop!


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Preorder Bonus

Jun 30, 2021

It’s just SEVEN DAYS to Burn the Skies launch day, so I guess I better hurry up and tell you about the preorder bonuses!

All eBook preorders of Burn the Skies (on any storefront) OR library requests are eligible for a FREE digital bonus pack. 🔥

It includes a exclusive ebook special edition of Boy With No Name (the Ravel antihero side story formerly only available as part of The Devil You Know anthology), plus 6+ sheets of printables featuring adorable nature sprites (debuting in Burn the Skies, because this book needed a little cute-and-cuddly to balance out all the explosive tension!) for custom DIY magnetic bookmarks, stickers and more. 🎨

To get your bonuses:

  1. Preorder Burn the Skies on any storefront OR submit a new book request at your local library before launch day (July 7, 2021).

  2. Screenshot or snap a pic of the order confirmation/receipt/library request.

  3. Fill out this Google Form and submit your receipt. Your bonuses will be sent to the email you provide by the end of launch week!🔥


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Sneak Peek and Series Wrap-Up Giveaway

May 21, 2021

That’s right, the epic finale to the award-winning Threads of Dreams series is finally (nearly) here! (Scroll to the end for a celebratory giveaway.)

In Blind the Eyes . . .

Haunted 17-year-old shut-in Cole knows she’s missing out on something—maybe a whole lot of somethings—but she’s not quite sure if the cost of finding out is worth the risk of getting thrown to the eldritch horrors infesting her drowned city.

When a suspiciously charming stranger and his dangerously tempting offer drive her into a chance encounter with one of the monster-taken dead, she stumbles across a shocking and grisly conspiracy between the nightmares and the authorities.

Now she and her disembodied best-frenemy are on the run from enforcers, dreamjacking ghosts & soul-sucking monsters in a quest to expose the lies and take back their lives that takes them from the sterile authoritarian heights of Refuge to the glittering hedonistic underground club hidden beneath the floodwaters.

But Cole hasn’t yet uncovered the biggest secret of all—and it might just have something to do with the invisible threads that keep tangling around her fingers and the silver-lit boy from her dreams . . .

Can she take back her stolen-and-once-forgotten powers and expose the web of lies before she’s the next to die?

Find out in the 2020 Page Turner Awards Book Spotlight Prize-winning and Barnes & Noble Press “20 Favorite Indie Books of 2018” first book of the Threads of Dreams series.

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In Black the Tides . . .

Cole’s life has never been better. She’s reconciled with not-so-ghostly-after-all bestie Cadence, rescued dreamwalker and childhood friend Ash, and even managing to suppress (most of) her jealousy about their shared history—a past she still can’t remember. But it turns out being a city-saving hero is pretty cool, even if she hasn’t quite won the war yet.

That’s a problem she’s eager to solve. But when she dives back into battle with the nightmarish Mara too soon, her newfound powers fail to show up for the fight. Narrowly saved by a still-injured Ash, Cole is devastated. And determined to get her magic back, whatever the cost.

Ash has a plan. And she hates it. But when he kidnaps her, Cole has no choice but to brave sea monsters and the haunted wilds in a perilous journey through the monster-infested wilds.

Will she reach the dreamwalker homeland, recover her magic, and save her city before it’s too late for the friends she left behind?

Find out in the twisty, cinematic, and devastatingly cliff-hanger-serving second book of the series.

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In Burn the Skies . . .

There’s only so much betrayal a girl can take. But Cole has come way too far to give up now, even if she’s never been more powerless and the stakes have never been higher. The clock is ticking on not only the survival of her friends and the city she’s sacrificed so much to save but the survival of the world.

But disaster isn’t through with her yet. When her quest to muster a dreamwalker army founders, she’s left with one option: turn on the former friend and ally who betrayed her trust and stole her body. But she can’t bring herself to sacrifice the life of a delusional and homicidal child, not even to save all of humanity.

As her pool of friends and potential allies shrinks and resistance mounts, Cole pushes through grief and fear to find ever more desperate ways to fight back, holding back the monsters at the cost of her rapidly-draining life force.

Will her refusal to pay the ultimate cost end with her trapped in an eternal wasteland after everyone she’s ever cared about goes down in flames?

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Get Ready for IReadCanadian Day

Jan 26, 2021

World Read Aloud Day is a “celebration of the power of reading aloud to create community, to amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right.”

If you’re building your #IReadCanadian day TBR, my books qualify—and so do all of these. (Picture books up through YA!)

As creators of books for young readers, many members of CWILL BC are offering free 10-20 min. virtual readings in support of this wonderful cause.

While I’m more than happy to present to classrooms, library groups or book clubs of all ages, my fiction currently targets ages 14+, so for readings at elementary or middle school groups I can instead present an age-appropriate Canadian children’s book...
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World Read Aloud Day Online

Date: February 3, 2021

Time: 9am - 8pm PST

Location: your classroom, library, or book club via Zoom (or similar)

Type: Live Reading

World Read Aloud Day is a “celebration of the power of reading aloud to create community, to amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right.”

As creators of books for young readers, many members of CWILL BC are offering free 10-20 min. virtual readings in support of this wonderful cause.

While I’m more than happy to present to classrooms, library groups or book clubs of all ages, my fiction currently targets ages 14+, so for elementary or middle school groups I will instead be reading from an age-appropriate Canadian children’s book that inspires me.

Shoot me a message at [email protected] to book a free 10-20 minute reading + author visit on February 3,...
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I Read Canadian Day Online

Date: February 13 + week of February 17, 2021

Time: 9am - 8pm PST

Location: your classroom, library, or book club via Zoom (or similar)

Type: Live Reading

I READ CANADIAN DAY is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people. This is a day dedicated to ‘reading Canadian’ and will empower families, schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities and events within the week.”

As creators of books for young readers, many members of CWILL BC are offering free 10-20 min. virtual readings in support of this wonderful cause.

While I’m more than happy to present to classrooms, library groups or book clubs of all ages, my fiction currently targets ages 14+, so for elementary or middle school groups I will instead be reading from an age-appropriate Canadian children’s book that inspires me.

Shoot me a message...
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World Read Aloud Day Event

Date: February 5, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:45 pm

Location: Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch Library (6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby by Metrotown Stn.)

Type: Live Reading, Book Fair, Signing

CWILL BC authors and/or illustrators will take turns reading aloud from their recent works in support of World Read Aloud Day. Copies will be available on site for sale.


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