December 17, 2019

For anyone interested in jump-starting their writing… I (and many others) will be speaking at The Writers’ Institute at U of WI-Madison in March 2020. It’s always a wonderful & inspiring conference.

“Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

What does the new year hold for your writing? The answer is up to you. Let the University of Wisconsin–Madison Writers’ Institute be your coach.
Take your writing to the next level with the help of speakers, literary agents, and fellow authors March 26–29. Their advice and success stories are just what you need to succeed in 2020. Some new ways to up your game include:
-A keynote presentation by Dr. Kevin Mullen, our writing doctor
-The Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) Writing Contest
-“Big questions” sessions on the value of myths, how to address social and generational differences through writing, whether storytelling can save the planet, and more
-We’re also bringing back many attendee favorites, including master classes, manuscript critiques, agent pitches, and the Poem or Page Contest.

March 4, 2019

Undaunted will be out officially on March 26th!

February 18, 2019

The Lou Harry Gets Real podcast is now online. It was a great evening with lots of talk about writing, dinosaurs, and all things science fiction! 🤖🦖👽
If any of those topics interest you, please give it a listen. 💓

February 6, 2019

In Indianapolis — this Sunday night, February 10, Kat will be a guest on Lou Harry’s live podcast, “Lou Harry Gets Real.”  The musical guest is singer-songwriter Tim Brickley. Mookie Harris will jump in as Lou’s sidekick.  Lou Harry Gets Real is a family-friendly show – young fans of Ms. Falls are encouraged to attend!

The show is from 6 – 8 p.m. Doors open at 4:30. Tickets are $15. The show takes place in the cozy Oxford Room, above the Aristocrat Pub in Indianapolis. A full food and drink menu is available (not included in the price). Try the signature drink named after Lou Harry — the “Hairy Lou,” and the specially-priced meal, the “Lou Plate Special.”

Lou Harry is an award-winning journalist, author, playwright, and comedian. His live podcast Lou Harry Gets Real, is a mix of insightful conversation, improv comedy and music.

You can buy tickets here:


December 27, 2018


For any Writers out there– Please join me at the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat in Madison, WI this June.

I will be teaching a 5-day class called Writing for Teens (Even If You Aren’t One).  It’s fun to come back as an instructor because I wrote my first chapter of Dark Life as an attendee back in 2008.

The class runs from Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, 2019. Class is from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM each day.  It’s a craft-focused workshop for those who want to learn how to write a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel. I will read critique the first chapter of your manuscript outside of class and give you notes. And you’ll get the chance to workshop a couple of scenes during class time.

Plus, UW-Madison’s lakeside campus is gorgeous in June!


If you’re interested in attending my class or any of the sessions offered at the Write-by-the-Lake workshop, register early because they’re strict about limiting the class size.…/write-by-the-lake/

Also… I will be teaching several stand-alone sessions at the the 2019 UW-Madison’s Writers’ Institute conference, April 4 -7, 2019 in downtown Madison, WI.


It’s a blast of a conference that includes presentations on craft and the industry, critiques, and the opportunity to pitch agents.  I’ve been an attendee many times and brought my daughter along last year for her 1st-ever writers’ conference.

This year, I’m doing presentations on world building, writing for tweens & teens, and how to add comedy to your work. I’m also offering one-on-one critique sessions.

It’s a conference for writers at all levels – enthusiastic beginner to seasoned pro, looking for tips to up their game. Plus, it’s a really fun weekend!

If you’re interested in attending, here’s the website:


Aerial photo of campus and downtown Madison WI, including Lakes Mendota and Monona

November 14, 2016

Dark Life – Japanese


The Japanese edition of Dark Life, published in 2 parts

I *love* the illustrations from the Japanese edition of Dark Life!!

They captured what I was imagining perfectly. The book is published in two parts and illustrations are scattered throughout both of them. Here are just a few…




April, 2016

Ragdale is an artists & authors’ retreat in Lake Forest, IL and heaven on earth imo. So I was incredibly honored when my husband, Bob, and I were invited to participate in Ragdale’s 10th Annual Novel Affair. The event brought together authors, artists, and members of the community for a weekend of creativity and conversation all in support of the Ragdale residency program. I met so many interesting people and had so much fun, I didn’t want the weekend to end. Luckily, I’ll be back at Ragdale in February 2017 for three blissful weeks of uninterrupted writing time. I’m counting the days!


Front row: Thomas H. Cook, Casey Sherman, Anne LeClaire, Lisa Genova, Sabina Ott
Back row: Jeffrey Meeuwsen, Charles Finch, Aleksandar Hemon, Jane Hamilton, Kat Falls, Indira Johnson, Gail Tsukiyama

Robert and Kat Falls at Ragdale’s Novel Affair


June 5, 2014

If you’re in the Chicago area and looking for something to do this weekend, come out for the Printers Row Lit Fest. I’m on a Saturday panel but that aside, there’s a lot going on!

Printers Row Lit Fest 2014
Writing for Teens and Tweens
Saturday 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Hotel Blake/Burnham Room
Young Adult writers Kat Falls, author of “Inhuman,” Julie Halpern, author of “The F-It List,” and Susan Nussbaum, author of “Good Kings Bad Kings” discuss writing for the YA audience with moderator Nara Schoenberg.
(Tickets are required for this event)

April 27, 2014
















The “Building Fantastical Worlds and Dystopias” panel at C2E2














Jaleigh Johnson, Joelle Charbonneau, Demitria Lunetta, and me!



March 30, 2014


















March 28, 2014

I have a couple of upcoming events in the Chicago area:

April 12 (Saturday) 2 PM:

YA panel with Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing), Kat Falls (Inhuman), Elizabeth Fama (Plus One), and Demetria Lunetta (In the After).

“Testing Dark Waters: Stories of Unhappily Ever Afters”
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm Street
Winnetka IL
“YA writers of dark fantasy take us on adventures that are beyond our imagination but closer to real life than we might want to think. At this event, learn where they get their ideas, what it is like to a published author, and behind the scenes details of these novels. Copies of their books will be available for purchase at the event, and there will be a opportunity to ask questions and have books signed.”


April 27 (Sunday) 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM:

YA panel at C2E2

Building Fantastical Worlds and Dystopias

Dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic scenarios, enhanced abilities, and deadly creatures both human and other, make the future a not so safe place to be. Join authors Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing Trilogy), Kat Falls (Inhuman), Jaleigh Johnson (The Mark of the Dragonfly), and Demitria Lunetta (In the After)  as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds and fantastical alternate realities they’ve created.

South Building at McCormick Place, Room S401cd



January 22, 2014

Bob Sirott & Marianne Murciano make radio interviews fun!


If you want to hear me talk about Inhuman, my writing process & the YA book market in general, here’s the link to the broadcast:  Kat Falls and the Young Adult Book Market

January 20, 2014

Kicking off the new year with an interview in the Chicago Tribune!

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December 9, 2013

Chicago Sun Times interview with a front page teaser!


Kat Falls interview, Chicago Sun Times, December 9, 2013

Kat Falls interview, Chicago Sun Times, December 9, 2013

December 4, 2013

Click here for a short video clip of me reading an except from Inhuman brought to you by Chicago Sun Times.

November 14, 2013

Inhuman was chosen for the American Booksellers Association’s 2013-2014 Kids’ Winter Indie Next List, which features the top 10 children’s titles for the winter publishing season organized by age group. All Next List picks are based on nominations from independent booksellers across the country. “This futuristic tale begins amidst a zombie-like apocalypse that has rocked the United States. People aren’t turning into zombies as we know them, but rather gradually take on animal characteristics until they become feral and lose their humanity completely. Delaney Park has grown up on the side of a massive wall that keeps the remaining uninfected humans safe from the feral beasts, but when she finds herself on the other side of the wall, she realizes that some of these ‘beasts’ may be more human than anyone knows.” —Madison Butler, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, WA

September 28, 2013

The “Dystopia & Beyond” panel at Anderson’s YA Lit Conference. Panels can be intimidating, but this gang was so much fun to hang with!

Dystopian panel - Version 2Kat Falls, Michael Grant, Demetria Lunetta, Joelle Charbonneau, D.J. MacHale, Alex London, and Beth Revis (who was on the panel as well but is missing from the photo.)

September 22, 2013

At SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association) Tradeshow in New Orleans yesterday with authors Eric Barclay and Judy Blundell.


September 22, 2013

Please join me at the Evanston Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, to celebrate the release of my new book, Inhuman.

Click here for more information about the event: Book Release Party with Kat Falls

Rrelease Party

September 11, 2013


My publicist, Sheila Marie Everett, and editor, Nick Eliopulos, holding the new hardcover of Inhuman! Nick has assured me that my copy is in the mail. I can’t wait!! 🙂

August 5, 2013

How much do I love The Loft librarians at the Evanston Library? So very much!

They are hosting a book release party for Inhuman on September 26th at 7pm. If you’re local, I hope you’ll come by.

The Loft at the Evanston Library

July 23, 2013

I have three upcoming author events:

September 20-23 in New Orleans: SIBA Trade Show  

I’ll be on a panel at The Southern Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show with four other authors who have books coming out this fall.

Friday, September 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Dark Places: Poverty, Rural, Feral, & Gothic, Southern Style – Oak Alley

Moderated by Lucy Daniels, Walking With Moonshine

Diane Chamberlain, Necessary Lies (St. Martin’s Press)

Kat Falls, Inhuman (Scholastic)

Kathleen Kent, The Outcasts (Little Brown)

John Thompson, Love & Lament (Other Press)

October 4-6 in Chicago: The Heartland Fall Forum Trade Show 

I will be participating in the moveable Author’s Feast on Friday, October 4 from 7:30-9:30pm and signing books after the dinner.

October 19, 10am to 5pm in DeKalb, IL: STEMfest 

STEMfest is held annually at Northern Illinois University and celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Open to the public. STEMfest Reads brings in authors to speak with teens about the science behind the fiction.  Other activities include:

  • Investigate lasers up close with our hands-on Laser Lunacy displays, includes navigating a laser maze.
  • Dare to explore the Spooky Science of our hugely popular Haunted Physics and Creepy Chemistry Labs.
  • Check out the STEM Book Fair where you can preview science and engineering titles for readers of all ages.
  • Get creative in the Tech Play Ground as you make your own music, animations, videos, and more.
  • Observe sunspots and see how a telescope works.
  • Check out the ultra-high-mileage vehicle (1265 mpg!) and other vehicles designed by NIU students.
  • Observe robotic devices from the Winnovations Robotics Team.
  • See a selection of snakes, reptiles, and other creepy crawlies from the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
  • Get blown away and see how wind can be used as a source of energy.

STEM Teen ReadThroughout the year, teens read science fiction books, participate in fun, interactive online programs, and then meet up virtually or live at Northern Illinois University for free discussions and Q&A sessions with experts who explain the science behind the fiction. While reading each book, teens can participate in virtual chats, find cool science articles and videos, connect with other teen science fiction fans, and share questions and fan fiction stories with other readers and experts. All STEM Teen Read programs and events are free and you or your school or library group can join to access information and resources on any book at any time.

Inhuman is the featured book for October, 2013

June 30, 2013

I had a wonderful time at this year’s American Library Association Conference, which happened to be in Chicago!

Brandon Mull, Gordon Korman, Kirby Larson, Kat Falls (me),  Kathryn Erskine, and Jeffrey Brown

At the Scholastic Literary Brunch with Brandon Mull, Gordon Korman, Kirby Larson, Kat Falls (me), Kathryn Erskine, and Jeffrey Brown

With David Levithan

With the extraordinary writer David Levithan, who has my eternal gratitude for being the editor who took a chance on me four years ago!

The Scholastic Booth at McCormick Place

The Scholastic Booth at McCormick Place

Signing next to the incredibly charming Brandon Mull. (who killed it in our Reader's Theater presentation with his spot on Yoda impression.)

Signing next to the incredibly charming Brandon Mull. (who killed it in our Reader’s Theater presentation with his spot on Yoda impression.)

June 3, 2013

For anyone interested in screenwriting, I’m going to teach a class at StoryStudio in Chicago called Screenplay in a Year starting Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The course is limited to 12 people, so if you’d like to register, you should contact StoryStudio asap.

Screenplay in a Year

Screenplay in a Year is a unique opportunity to join a writing cohort, study screenwriting craft, workshop key scenes, measure your progress, meet goals and deadlines, give and get support for the long journey from inspiration to draft to revision and beyond.
Screenwriters will meet monthly for three-hour sessions to discuss craft, solve story issues, workshop scenes, and build a writer’s network over snacks and beverages. In between class sessions, you’ll have plenty of time to write and generate new work while still staying in touch via StoryStudio’s private class blog.
A key program component is an individual draft review with the instructor. You’ll receive written notes on your screenplay in progress as well as a face-to-face meeting to discuss opportunities in the story.
We’ve structured this program to provide maximum benefit without demanding too much time away from focusing on your own work. In addition to workshopping short scenes in class, participants will have an online forum for exchanging additional work, reporting  progress and struggles, and keeping each other focused and enthused.
Whether you’ve already made headway on your screenplay or are just gathering ideas, this group will provide the structure, companionship, critical feedback, good humor and emotional support to help you see your project through.

June 3, 2013

The advanced reader copies of Inhuman went out last week at BEA with the new cover. I love it!

The new cover!

Beauty versus beasts.

In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into savage beast-men, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for violating the border is death.

Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She’s grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s curious about what’s on the other side – but not that curious. Life in the west is safe and comfortable . . . just how she likes it.

But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization . . . and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.

February 17, 2013

I was honored to learn that Dark Life has been nominated for the 2013-2014 Golden Sower Award, which is Nebraska’s Children’s Choice Literary Award.

October 18, 2012

The 2012 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards

I was honored to share the stage last night with 66 other writers with Chicago ties and Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the 2012 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner. The event raised $1.5 million for the Chicago Public Library!

October 8, 2012

Here’s a preview of the cover (which I love!) and synopsis of my new book, Inhuman, which comes out Spring 2013.


Beauty versus beasts.

In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi River has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into bloodthirsty savages, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for violating the border is death.

Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She’s grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s curious about what’s on the other side – but not that curious. Life in the west is safe, comfortable . . . sanitized. Which is just how she likes it.

But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, risking life and limb and her very DNA, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization . . . and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.

June 10, 2012

Me, Adam Selzer, Julie Cross, and Erica O’Rourke on a panel about writing YA at the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago.

June 5, 2012

The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest is this upcoming Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm. All events are free and open to the public.

I am going to be a panelist on Young Adult Isn’t Writing Down with Erica O’Rouke, Adam Selzer and Julie Cross, moderated by Joelle Charbonneau, 2:45 p.m. Sunday, The Mash Stage.

Should be fun. Please come out if you’re in the area.

May 2, 2012

Just found out that Dark Life is a South Carolina Junior Book Award nominee for grades 6-8. This is the 6th state book award it’s up for this year!

April 28, 2012

The “April is for Authors” Conference in Palm Beach FL.
Front: Sarah Thomson, Sharon Draper, Kat Falls, Alex Flinn, Donna Gephart, Dianne Bassett Giehtbrock,
Middle: Marianne Berkes, Lisa Graff, Michael Patrick O’Neill, Neal Shusterman, Harvey Oyer III, Tracy Barrett, Lynne Jonell, Shayne Leighton, Marilyn Nelson, Claudia Mills, Tonya Hegamin and Greg Taylor.
Back: Tom Angleberger, Steve Isham, Mike Holliday , Kate Klise

April 24, 2012

Got more happy news tonight — Dark Life has been nominated for Minnesota’s Maud Hart Lovelace Award, grades 6-8, for the 2012-2013 school year.

April 23, 2012

I’m honored and thrilled over this: Dark Life is one of five books nominated for Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award in the Grade 6-8 category.

Ohio students nominate their favorite books (published within the last two years) from January 1 to March 10. The top five nominations in each category are announced in the spring, so that teachers, librarians and students can read the books over the summer. Voting starts on September 1 and the winners will be announced on December 1.

March 18, 2012

I just learned from a new facebook friend that Dark Life has been nominated for the 2013 Georgia Children’s Book Award!
 Once again, school kids in grades 4 – 8 are the final judges. Love that!

February 10, 2012

Dark Life has been nominated for two more state book awards!

Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award.   A committee of eight carefully selects 30 books to comprise the DCF Master List.  After reading at least 5 books from the list, Vermont students in grades 4-8 vote for their favorite titles the following spring.


Missouri’s Truman Readers Award. Again, it’s schoolchildren who make the final decision. In this case, Missouri middle school/junior high kids vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles.

January 30, 2012

Dark Life has been nominated for Illinois’ Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award for 2013!!
My favorite part – the award winning book is the one voted “most outstanding” by IL school kids in grades 4 through 8. 

January 18, 2012

Article in Evanston’s “Round Table”

January 9, 2012

Many thanks to for doing such a great job with their analysis, summaries, themes and more!
Dark Life Study Guide | Kat Falls |


January 7, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2 pm, The Loft, Main Library
Evanston Public Library
The Loft: Third Floor East: Main Library
1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 448-8625

“Meet Kat Falls, Evanston resident and author of the wild-ride dystopic YA science fiction books, Dark Life and Rip Tide. Falls will talk with teens about the ideas that launched her books, discuss the process of writing, and answer your questions during this exciting author visit. For fans of The Hunger Games, The Water Wars, and Carbon Diaries 2015 and anyone who likes cautionary futuristic tales jam-packed with action. Ages 11 & up; parents welcome.”

October 27, 2011

I’m attending the Tweens Read Book Festival in Pasadena, TX this weekend, which should be fun. I’m on a panel about middle grade adventure books. My co-panelists are: Mathew Kirby (another Scholastic author!), Andrea White, and Lisa Mcmann.


October 25, 2011

I will be on a panel at the 2012 AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair in Chicago   Saturday, March 3rd, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM 

Who Doesn’t Want to Be Popular?: Adventures in Teaching With, For, Around, and Through Commercial Fiction. 

Lori Rader Day, Scott Blackwood, Kat Falls, Tod Goldberg, Mary Anne Mohanraj

The writing is what matters—or is it? The longstanding argument between literary and genre writers proves that, sometimes, it’s about more than the words on the page. Writers and teachers of both commercial and literary fiction discuss how that battle plays out in the creative writing classroom. Should students be allowed to write whatever they want? How do we teach students who write in genres we don’t read? What lessons might come from genre-bending? What resources do we turn to?

August 29, 2011  reviews Rip Tide:

June 6, 2011

Publisher’s Weekly’s short but wonderful review for Rip Tide


June, 2011

Dark Life has been named to the master list for a statewide reading initiative in Florida, called The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award.
The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. All schools are sent a school participation form in August and registration, activities, and voting are available online for participating schools. Books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.

May 9, 2011

Rip Tide was awarded the designation, “A Junior Library Guild Selection” for Spring 2011.

April 13, 2011

The Friends of American Writers’ presented me with a 2011 Juvenile Literary Award for Dark Life at an award luncheon!

“FAW is a Midwestern organization established in 1922 whose purpose is to study American literature, to encourage high standards and to promote literary ideals among American writers. Annually the club presents cash prizes to emerging authors of juvenile and adult literature.”

Me and Marianne Malone

April 4, 2011

So honored to have Dark Life included on their 12-14 list:

November 4, 2010

Dark Life was named an ABC New Voices pick for outstanding debuts: “a must-read for anyone who loves sci-fi”!

August 5, 2010

I made an appearance on The Today Show when Dark Life was chosen as Al Roker’s Book Club for kids July read.

June 2010

Dark Life made the Summer 2010 Kids’ Next List put out by IndieBound. “Inspired recommendations for kids from Indie Booksellers.”

May 21, 2010

Dark Life was awarded the designation, “A Junior Library Guild Selection” for Spring 2010 and featured in the July 2010 issue of JLG Monthly.