About Kay Kenyon

An older photo, but a fav: Signing a robot at Orycon.

Kay Kenyon is the author of over a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels. Her latest works comprise the Dark Talents trilogy, titled  At the Table of Wolves, Serpent in the Heather and in April, Nest of the Monarch. Her science fiction books include The Entire and The Rose quartet, Maximum Ice, and The Seeds of Time. Her other fantasy novels are A Thousand Perfect Things and Queen of the Deep.

Her novels have been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Endeavour Award, the John W. Campbell Award and have been twice nominated for the American Library Association Reading List Awards. Her short fiction has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines as well  as a collection: Dystopia: Five Dark and Hopeful Tales. The pictures at left are from a recent trip to Scotland, including the wonderful horse outside of Edinburgh Castle.

Recently her Dark Talents trilogy finished up. It’s a historical fantasy set in 1936 England. From Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, it’s the story of dark Talents, Nazis and espionage–offering up a dramatic and slightly-altered history of the run-up to WWII.

Kay is a founding member of the Write on the River organization in Wenatchee, Washington, dedicated to nurturing writers from inspiration to publication.

She and her husband split their time between Wenatchee and Southern California, both desert environments which she claims is the best environment for story ideas.

Recent podcast interviews

Horrible Writing podcast. I talk about why writing won’t save you.

Dialogue Between the Lines, with Susan Wingate


  • Willamette Writers Conference
    8235 NE Airport Way, Portland OR
    I'll be there Thursday night through Sunday morning.

    Check out my workshops:

    Friday, Aug 2, 9:00 AM: Seven Slipper Sins

    When it comes to writing, sometimes what we think we know just isn’t true. This workshop considers how widely misunderstood principles and “common knowledge” about the novel can deaden our writing. Includes such time-honored lies as “start fast,” “get to the point” (in dialogue), and “show don’t tell,” to find the deeper truths suggested by—or obscured by—fiction maxims so you can free yourself from them.

    Saturday, Aug 3, 10:45 AM: The Magic of Plotting

    Don’t leave your novel’s plot to trial and error. In this workshop, I'll share classic approaches to plotting and structure while suggesting ways to plumb the magic within: our creativity. I'll focus on initial inspiration and the powerful tools of mystery, surprise, originality, conflict, momentum, and transformation.
    Aug 2, 2019 9:00am - Aug 2, 2019 9:00am

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