Blind the Eyes, a YA dystopian paranormal fantasy by K.A. Wiggins, coming to bookstores near you and online Christmas 2017

Blind the Eyes

In a world where hope kills and dreams are deadly, obedience is the only way to survive.

Cole would do anything to shake her reputation as a failure - but when she indulges her forbidden fascination with the dead, she discovers she's not the one that's broken. Her society’s absolute control & guarantee of safety are both illusions.

Now Cole has to figure out who to trust and stop the dying before the nightmares eat her alive.


A story about identity & taking back your choices. YA dark fantasy. 97,000 words. 2018.

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Flame of the Connarii


Edana, eldest daughter of the Connarii chief, is fighting to lead her tribe through the treacherous Otherworld mists to a safe haven.

Torchann is the beast-raised last son of an extinguished race, master of a dying land.

Their worlds are destroyed, their very way of life, threatened. Can they unite, fight back and survive, or will they each die alone?


A story about home, belonging & leading well.

YA Celtic-flavoured Fantasy adventure. Serial webfiction updated Tuesdays.(on hiatus)


Read here or on Wattpad or Jukepop

Things Got Out of Hand


She should have died. Then he moved in.


April prefers her own company, but when Henry saves her from a homicidal Nightmare and moves in, her days of peaceful solitude are over.


A story about monsters, heroes, and plans that change.

Rom-com retelling of Blind the Eyes. Serial webfiction updated Fridays.(on hiatus)


Read here or on Wattpad or Jukepop

News & Updates

Books to check out NL1

Nov 20, 2017

This edition of book recommendations first appeared in Newsletter June 2017 edition

Best of the Best:

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: you need to read this. Seriously. Beautiful writing. Gorgeous language. Classic, epic storytelling. The richest worldbuilding you can imagine.

  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake best YA dark fantasy all year. Three competing protagonists with their own cast and setting. Plus, Kendare’s one of my fave writers who inspired the style and content of Blind the Eyes. PNW writers unite!

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: and the sequel is even better, an incredible accomplishment when most second books are the weakest of a trilogy. Mature content warning.

Canadian reads to check out:


Book blog

Nov 13, 2017

So, I read a ton. Like, well over 150 books a year. And now that I’ve discovered Goodreads, I also rate and review most of those books, and then feature them with dubious quality photography on Instagram.

What I haven’t done is launched a book blog/reviews section here, because let’s be real; how often do I get around to updating? And how many of you hang out here on a regular basis? So.

However, just last month I discovered Booklikes, which not only shares reviews on-platform and pushes reviews to Goodreads, it collects them in a custom blog. Update one place with automatic syndication to all useful platforms? Yes please!

All that to say: Check out my book blog for (mostly) YA Fantasy recommendations!

I also do bimonthly book recommendations and “best-of” lists in my newsletter, and those I will to take the time to... Read more


BTE Targeting 2018

Nov 04, 2017

So there’s good news and there’s bad news.

The good news is, all that querying attracted some attention after all, literary agents do like Blind the Eyes, and the full manuscript has been requested. It’s not a publishing deal (yet, lol), but it’s actually pretty rare to get that far and it took less than 50 queries (many books take over 100 to even get that sort of response), so it’s definitely cause for celebration!

…The bad news is, now I can’t publish BTE in November like I was hinting at, which is super sad because my proofreader did an amazing job AND turned the project around in half the time I’d had scheduled, so it should have been right on target for a pre-holidays release.

Back to good news: this means I can (ahem, should) get the sequel(s) plotted out and written for fast, consecutive releases when BTE does... Read more


Almost there

Sep 21, 2017

I should get the next newsletter out in a couple weeks, but since I’m past due for an update, thought I’d pop in and share the progress!

BLIND THE EYES is out for query with a number of literary agents. For the uninitiated, to get a book published in the traditional manner, you send a sort of formal application letter to literary agents, who ask for more information on your book (or decline). If they love the story and think they can sell it to a publisher, they offer to represent you. Then they contact editors and try to sell the manuscript. Then a publishing house responds with an offer (and if you’re really lucky, you get a few of these to choose from). Then you get assigned an editor and work with that publisher and editor to adapt the book, which can mean more editing, rewrites, proofreading, cover designs... Read more


Confessions, retractions and other wafflings

Aug 27, 2017

…I know I’ve been babbling about it all over the place lately and I’ve only just finished switching over graphics and web presence to the new subgenre, but I’m seriously considering changing everything back to the previous (non) subgenre for BLIND THE EYES of “dystopian dark fantasy”. Which isn’t an official thing, and I know you’re not supposed to genre-blend, but… it just kind of is. The setting’s pretty dystopian. And it’s definitely future and sort of post-apocalyptic. And dark. And there’s fantasy and supernatural stuff going on. It’s also not a bad fit for urban fantasy, other than the future setting. So I dunno. Waffle waffle waffle. Angst angst angst. lol.

On thing in its favour, the freebie preview ebooks on Amazon got quite a bit stronger downloads when listed as dystopian. So I figure for querying, it should read urban fantasy, and if I end up going indie,... Read more


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About

K.A. Wiggins is a Vancouverite who never learned how to live in the same place for long, a bookstagrammer and a fan of Islay Scotch and craft gin. She writes stories about prickly, unlikable people and being on the edges of things.

Her first published novel is BLIND THE EYES, a YA dark fantasy in which a not-quite alive girl and her not-quite dead ghost discover trusted authorities lie, allies have their own agendas and even the monsters wear masks in a story that evokes STRANGE THE DREAMER and THIS SAVAGE SONG with the flawed, challenging voices of PLACES NO ONE KNOWS. A free 5 chapter preview ebook and audiobook is now available for newsletter subscribers (along with other exclusive content.)

Find her YA portal fantasy/post-apocalyptic survival thriller FLAME OF THE CONNARII, inspired by Disney's TARZAN-meets-Celtic-warrior-princess, and her NA horror rom-com THINGS GOT OUT OF HAND serialized on Wattpad under the pen name KAIE.

K. has been creating urban legends about witches in the back wood and fairies in the snow melt since she was seven years old. She's still in love with words, blades, battle and heroism, and working hard to tell challenging stories, inspired by YA greats including Brenna Yovanoff, Kendare Blake, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, and Holly Black, and fantasy classic masters such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle.

She currently writes stories, freelances and records audiobook narration while wandering Scotland, Cornwall & the Pacific Northwest.