About

Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 22.16.28Dawn Kurtagich is a writer 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. She is the author of THE DEAD HOUSETHE CREEPER MAN / AND THE TREES CREPT IN, and NAIDA 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.

Dawn is also an artist, a singer and an illustrator.

Her life reads like a YA novel.

Facts:

 

Literary Agent: Polly Nolan (UK) and Sarah Davies (US) of Greenhouse

Publishers: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Orion (Hachette)

Books: THE DEAD HOUSE (2015), THE CREEPER MAN / AND THE TREES CREPT IN (2016), NAIDA (2016)

 

My Story:

 

(The Official One): Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Hachette in 2015.

 

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!

 

She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League and Author Allsorts.

 

Her life reads like a YA novel.

 

A Bit More From Me

 

My first YA novel, THE DEAD HOUSE, a dark “found-footage epistolary mystery/horror novel, debuted with LBYR and Orion in August 2015, and is now out in paperback in the UK. The US paperback edition is due in 2016! The novel won an Earie Award for best audiobook in 2016 and was nominated for an Audie in the Paranormal category. It was also a YALSA Top 10 Pick of 2015! It was optioned for TV in 2015.

 

My next YA novel, THE CREEPER MAN (UK title) / AND THE TREES CREPT IN (US title), is another dark/literary stand alone novel about a girl who wants to save her sister from an abusive home, only to seek refuge in a manor that is under sinister threads from a slenderman-like figure, out now in the UK and due in the US in September 2016, also with LBYR and Orion.

 

My first adult novel, (SECRET TITLE) is just about done, (minus one final read for fun) and we’ll see what happens there. I’m in the process of writing my third YA novel and my first Middle Grade.

 

When not writing, I’m making videos here or using my feet to make glorious artwork.

 

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