Kristin Cashore

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Cashore at the Texas Book Festival in 2012

Kristin Cashore (born 1976) is an American young adult and fantasy writer.

Early life[edit]

She grew up in the Pennsylvania countryside, the second of four daughters. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Williams College and a Master's degree in Children's Literature from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College in 2003.[1] She's worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer.[2] In 2017, she began working in an office outside her home, and she is still writing all of her novels by hand.[3]

Literary career[edit]

Her debut novel, Graceling, was published in October 2008.[4] The book has been nominated for the Andre Norton and William C. Morris awards.

Her second book, Fire, was released in October 2009, and is described as being a 'prequel-ish companion book' to Graceling.[5] Fire received the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award.[2]

Her third book, Bitterblue, was released in May 2012. All three books were a part of the Graceling Realm series[5][6] which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into 33 languages.[3]

Her fourth book, Jane, Unlimited, was released in September 2017. Jane, Unlimited is her first published novel that takes a step away from the Graceling Realm, and is told in multiple genres.[7]

Her most recent book, Winterkeep, was released in January 2021 and returned to the Graceling Realm series.[8]

Cashore has also written professionally for textbooks, and teacher editions, as well as for The Horn Book Guide.[1]


  • Graceling, 1 October 2008
  • Fire, 5 October 2009
  • Bitterblue, 1 May 2012
  • Jane, Unlimited, 19 September 2017[5]
  • Winterkeep, 19 January 2021


  1. ^ a b "Kristin Cashore Books, Author Biography, and Reading Level | Scholastic". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  2. ^ a b "Kristin Cashore | Penguin Random House". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  3. ^ a b "BookExpo 2017: Kristin Cashore Takes a Break". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  4. ^ "A Short Bio". This Is My Secret (personal blog). February 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  5. ^ a b c "My books". This Is My Secret. February 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  6. ^ "Kristin Cashore". Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  7. ^ "Q & A with Kristin Cashore". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  8. ^ "Winterkeep". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 2020-01-29.

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