Kit Grindstaff

The short story

I'm Kit, I'm
English, and I live in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with my husband. I've
written songs for a living for most of my adult life, and made some
records along the way. I wrote my first book when I was 9. It was bad.
This new one is a lot better. And there will be more!

The longer story

I was born
near London and grew up in the beautiful English countryside of Surrey.
At age 11, I went to boarding school in Devon. The school encouraged
creativity, and my love of Artistic Things thrived. Most of my spare
time was spent in the art room, or singing and teaching myself to play
the guitar.

From as early on as I can remember, I loved to read and make up stories.
I wrote my first "book" when I was 9. I still have it...but I'm not
telling where. Despite early fiction efforts (not very promising), and a
later attempt at a rhyming picture book with my artist sister (more
promising, but still languishing in a closet), I put it aside when my
writing was waylaid by another great love: music.

After university in the freezing north of England, I moved to London.
Music became my profession, first singing in bars, then as a pop
performer and song writer. Eventually I moved to New York to pursue my
music career "for a year," but soon met a handsome bass-playing
carpenter. We married. I stayed.

Before long, the idea of writing fiction for children began gnawing at
me again. I found new inspiration through authors like Philip Pullman
(loved Lyra Belacqua!), Natalie Babbitt (loved Winnie!), and Roald Dahl
(loved Matilda!) and began to write...and write...and write...

I now live with my husband in Pennsylvania, and still write songs, as well as books. But with a sequel to The Flame in the Mist in the works, it looks as though Jemma might be vying for the lead spot in my work life. And I have a feeling she might win...

The Flame in the Mist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385742900
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2013

Set in an imagined past, this dark fantasy-adventure is for fans of
Philip Pullman's "The Golden Compass." Features Jemma, a fiery-headed
heroine held captive in Agromond Castle, yet destined to save
mist-shrouded Anglavia. Fiery-headed Jemma Agromond is not who she
thinks she is, and when the secrets and lies behind her life at
mist-shrouded Agromond Castle begin to unravel, she finds herself in a
chilling race for her life. Ghosts and misfits, a stone and crystals, a
mysterious book, an ancient prophecy--all these reveal the truth about
Jemma's past and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than she could
have imagined in her wildest fantasies. With her telepathic golden
rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates
increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. But
in the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only
she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy
that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia.



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