About Kay Kenyon

I write science fiction and fantasy. I’ve sometimes been told I don’t look like the type, which always seems like a peculiar thing to say. What does an SFF author look like? Perhaps a little wild-eyed? A lot of hair that won’t settle into place? Wearing outfits that no one else dares to?

Well, that is not me. I am curious about how people think, and what they’d do if placed in strange situations or incredible adventures. I love a carefully crafted tale that subverts my expectations and is deeply entertaining. I also love literary fiction and never lose hope that the story will be be about something. Like a lot of writers I am a bit introverted, thus long hours in the writing den is heaven to me. Back before Covid I would attend SFF conventions, but the best times I had were browsing the dealers room and one-on-one conversations with friends. I write on both sides of the fence, both science fiction and fantasy, and my current project is a fantasy series. I love both genres and all of the subgenres. I don’t write short very often, but enough that I now have two collections, Dystopia: Seven Dark and Hopeful Tales and Worlds Near and Far.

Another of my favorite things is teaching fiction. Over my 20-something-year-long career I’ve become passionate about the underpinnings of stories in all their varied guises. Writing them can be done any which way, but creating the story relies on architecture and character. I hold forth on these opinions in online venues these days, but really miss in-person classes. (I will be so happy when I can strike that line out of my bio.) Some of my online classes these days are with Write on the River, the Rambo Academy of Wayward Writers and various writing conferences in the Pacific Northwest.

Every career has highs and lows. For example, I have been a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award (Maximum Ice) and had a series optioned for film (The Dark Talents novels). I have abandoned no less than three novels and two elaborate concept treatments. I also brought one of them back to life after four years. I have walked away from a major publisher, killed a dog in a story, and once published a novel in which I said that Vancouver was in northwest Canada.

I am a founding member of a small writing organization that is now in its fifteenth year of helping aspiring writers. This is the aforementioned Write on the River organization in Wenatchee, Washington. We have zoom workshops and even some in-person events. There are writers everywhere, one learns. This makes me so happy.

My husband and I have three children and a large tabby cat, Winston. We (husband and I) have a mutual love of science fiction and fantasy, history (thus the cat’s name) and science. I have never been the sporty type, but have been known to play a round of golf. I am inordinately fond of road trips and in a banner year once went to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Not much writing got done. That felt both guilty and immensely freeing.

I am back in the trenches now.


An Interview

Dialogue Between the Lines, with Susan Wingate


Apex Writers Group, Saturday November 20, 8 am PST. Move Along Folks: Pacing the novel