Dawn Kurtagich is an award winning author of creepy, spooky, and psychologically sinister YA, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide.
Her debut novel, THE DEAD HOUSE, was a YALSA Top 10 Pick, An Audie Award Nominee and an Earphone Award Winner. It has been optioned for TV by Lime Productions. She is also the author of THE CREEPER MAN / AND THE TREES CREPT IN, NAIDA and the forthcoming TEETH IN THE MIST, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Orion Children's Books. If you enjoy a creeping chill along your spine, mystery and little bit of terror, then you're in the right place!
By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.
She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!
When she was sixteen, she thought she'd be an astronomer and writer at the same time, and did a month-long internship at Cambridge's prestigious Cavendish Laboratories.
Waterstones Q&A: The Process Behind Writing The Dead House (plus some never before seen extras). Read it over here!
NEW: Interview with Entertainment Weekly: "The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich talks finding inspiration in alter egos and near-death experiences"
Interview with Luna's Little Library (her blog is amazing, please subscribe!)
In conversation with John Sellers, Children's Review Editor at Publisher's Weekly on
Elements for a perfect October read with Dawn Kurtagich (NOVL)
Favourite authors and books:
David Almond (A Song for Ella Grey)
Mark Danielewski (House of Leaves)
Mickey Zucker Reichert (Spirit Fox)
Juliet Marllier (Sevenwaters Trilogy)
Margaret Atwood (Cat’s Eye, The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake)
Wilkie Collins (The Woman in White)
James Herbert (The Secret of Crinkly Hall)
Matzo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go)
Emily Bronte (Withering Heights)
Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre)
Charles Dickens (Dombey and Son)
Marcus Sedgwick (White Crow, Midwinterblood, She is Not Invisible, Ghost of Heaven)
Joe Hill (Horns, Nos4R2)
Brenna Yovanoff (Fiendish)
Ruth Ware (In a Dark, Dark Wood)
Brigitte Aubert (Death from the Woods)
Alice Hoffman (The Lovely Bones)
Claire North (The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August)
Anne Rice (The Vampire Lestat)
Cate Tiernen (Book of Shadows)
Laura Whitcomb (A Certain Slant of Light)
Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)
Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar)
Natsuo Kirino (Grotesque)
Janet Fitch (White Oleander)
Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House)
Joey Comeau (One Bloody Thing After Another)
Daniel Kraus (Scowler)
Read Scott Whinham (The Pricker Boy)
Joyce Reardon (The Diary fo Ellen Rimbaur)
Gillian Flynn (Sharp Objects)
Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel’s Dart)
Barbara Erskine (Hiding from the Light, Child of the Phoenix)
Garth Nix (Sabriel, Lireal, Abhors)
Kate Mosse (Sepulchre)
Audrey Niffinegger (Her Fearful Symmetry, The Time Traveller’s Wife)
Patrick Suskind (Perfume)
Iain Reid (I’m Thinking of Ending Things)