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 dystopian dark fantasy. 97,000 words. Coming Winter 2017.

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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 almost died. Then he showed up.

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

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

On Monsters, Boundaries and Inspiration

Aug 26, 2017

While I love research in a general sense, I more or less refuse to do it while drafting a book. I’m too addicted to that archaeological sense of uncovering another world to allow this one to consciously intrude. However, at some point I generally do have to pull out the books (hi Google) and go hunting for real world equivalencies, or at least reference points.

Enter the Mara. The story that has become BLIND THE EYES emerged out of an image or a scene wherein a girl is saved from monster attack by a hero. And diverged dramatically from there - the Wattpad story-in-progress THINGS GOT OUT OF HAND is closer to the original intent. All that to say, my sense of what the monsters in question were was vague to say the least.

But successive drafts did serve to nudge things along. Fairly early on, I knew the monsters... Read more

Fresh Newsletter and New Freebies

Aug 20, 2017

The August newsletter is out! Musings on the finer points of genre, book reviews (still debating whether to add that as a website feature - thoughts?) and a fresh downloadable for this round.

If you haven’t already, sign up for access to the freebie content, which is currently an extended preview ebook or audiobook of the first five chapters of BLIND THE EYES and an ebook-format downloadable preview of THE FIRST DREAM (currently chapter 8 of the manuscript), which is the first instance of supernatural goings-on in the draft and also the bit where I realized I was writing horror and not just fantasy, lol. I do newsletters roughly every two months with updates, insider content and book reviews. I promise not to spam your inbox endlessly!

In other news, I’ve been dreadfully sick for the last week and therefore have gotten a bit behind again, but I’m planning... Read more

Book Geek Time - Queries Round 3

Aug 05, 2017

Last query round for now. For the super publishing geeks in the audience, here’s the final Query I went with for Pitch Wars! If any of the mentors send back notes, I’ll be sure to post them for reference!

Dear Mentor,

I’m pleased to introduce my YA novel, BLIND THE EYES, in which a not-quite alive girl and her not-quite dead ghost discover that authorities lie, allies have their own agendas and all monsters wear masks.

In a world where hope kills and dreams are deadly, obedience is the only way to survive. But when one girl learns her society’s absolute control and guarantee of safety are both illusions, she must figure out who to trust to bring down the state and stop the dying before the nightmares eat her alive.

BLIND THE EYES is a stand-alone YA urban fantasy novel for ages 14 and up, complete at 100,000 words,... Read more

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K.A. Wiggins is a Vancouverite who doesn't know how to live in the same place for long, a bookstagrammer and a fan of Islay Scotch and craft gin. She writes stories about 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.A. Wiggins 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.