About Katie


Getting a shower from my silly pups.


I love to write action-packed speculative fiction that centers Non-Western cultures and features characters from diverse backgrounds. I’m Ngāi Tahu through my mother’s line, and my Māori heritage inspires many of my projects. You can read a list of my publications, interviews, and guest posts here.


I have a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in medieval and early modern literature and an Honors B.A. in English and French. I’ve taught multiple classes on literature, composition, and history, and one of my favorite things is helping students learn to become close readers and better writers.


I love to explore the outdoors and always jump at the chance to travel somewhere new. I’m an amateur nature photographer, avid hiker, and aspiring paddleboard yogi. I live in Los Angeles with my husband, our vivacious daughter, and a perpetually shedding Siberian Husky, who keep me well supplied with adventures.


Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

Patronus: Siberian Husky and/or Direwolf (though Pottermore thinks it should be a Bassett Hound…either way, it’s definitely a doggo!)

Favorite Color: Green (my wedding colors were dark green and light green)

Sign: Cancer sun, Sagittarius moon, and Sagittarius rising (I think?)

Favorite Pastimes: Reading, bingeing an awesome TV series, hiking

Formative Literary Influences: Edith Wharton, Emily Brontë, Alexandre Dumas, Lloyd Alexander

Favorite Holiday: Midwinter/ Yule

Dream House: A medieval castle, probably in Scotland

Happy Place: Physically, my yoga mat or bed; mentally, Te Wāhipounamu (“the place of greenstone”), a World Heritage Site in the South Island of New Zealand–especially Fiordland National Park

First Book: When I was in third grade, I wrote a book called The Great Corn Seed Adventure (true story). I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen–a fairy tale mashup called Clarissa the Conscientious.

Bragging Rights: I got a perfect score on the Verbal section of the GRE (the test you have to take to apply to graduate school) and perfect scores on the English and Reading sections of the ACT. Math and science, not so much.

Random Fact: I was a finalist in the State Spelling Bee (top ten) when I was in eighth grade.

Another Random Fact: I was the youngest person living in the dorms my freshman year of college.

Low-key Plug: I’m the co-host of a feminist literary podcast called Witches in Britches. Give us a listen!